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    • Fishing cove near Amalfi, Italy, 1943

    • 1943
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The coastal city of Amalfi (just south of Naples) escaped damage despite its proximity to Salerno, where the main Allied landing took place. This image is typical of scenes from Italy as I saw it: an undisturbed village or town immediately near...
    • Amalfi, 1943

    • 1943
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The village of Amalfi, familiar to millions of tourists as it looked in 1943.
    • Well and washing ground, Casablanca, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Clothes-washing was done both in streams and at the well. These ladies were busy with the family wash, showing great teamwork. One brought up the water while another scrubbed and beat the cloth. To dry the clothing, they simply laid it on the...
    • Algiers harbor by moonlight

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The port of Algiers by moonlight. Beautiful, undamaged by the conflict, Algiers was an exciting and interesting place. [paragraph] This photograph was entered into a competition sponsored by the Allied Service Women's Club in Algiers and was...
    • Algiers Harbor, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A view of Algiers harbor with wartime shipping anchored and waiting to unload. Much of the war material for the African campaign came through this harbor. It was also a vital supply link in the battles of Sicily and Italy. [paragraph] The Germans...
    • Village of Bou Saada, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The village of Bou Saada, Algeria, built around an oasis. The city was quaint, prosperous and its people were warm and friendly. About 100 miles southeast of Algiers, it served as a get-away for American soldiers on leave
    • Street scene in Medina, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Medina, Algiers, Fall, 1943. These streets could be very busy: veiled women; pickpockets who could take off your underwear without you knowing it; prostitutes showing their wares through upper windows; nursing mothers everywhere; the smell of...
    • Old fort / palace, Rabat, Morocco, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Remains of an old fortress / palace near Rabat, Morocco, September, 1943. Rabat itself was founded in the 12th century by 'Abd al-Mu'min as a riba t (camp). It was at this camp that the first Almohad ruler quartered the troops he had amassed for...
    • Traditional Moslem women, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • These Moslem women were shopping on the main street of Algiers in October 1943. Most Algerian Moslem women wore the veil. They were not covered over the eyes and many made the most of decorating their beautiful dark eyes. They always seemed quite...
    • Postal building, city center, Algiers 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The main post office in Algiers -- as serviced by streetcar here -- was the center of the city. The University was half a block away; a movie theater (where I saw Gary Cooper somehow speaking French in ""Sergeant York"") and the main hotel were all...
    • Traveling story-teller, Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • People of the desert had no modern communication at all. There was no electricity in the small villages, no newspapers or magazines, and very little contact with the outside world. They had heard about radio but none had ever heard a radio. In this...
    • Grand Cafe, the Medina, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Grand Café in the Medina, Algiers, a gathering place for locals and travelers alike. Food was served with tea but no wine. A similar café further on did serve wine but the Moslems avoided it and the clientele was made up almost exclusively of...
    • Fortress Gate, Rabat, Morocco, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A fortress gate near Rabat in September 1943. Not associated with the Sultan's palace, this artifact stood alone on the desert. When in Morocco in 1996 I could not locate it and no one seemed to recognize the place from my photo.
    • Craftsman, the Medina, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A craftsman working metal in the Medina, Algiers, November 1943. He is typical of the workers whose skill with simple tools could produce a gun, a sword or a spoon. They were completely essential members of their society; most of the things owned...
    • 99 Rue D'Isly, home for a few weeks, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A room in a private apartment at 99 Rue D'Isly, Algiers, that we were able to rent for a few weeks. Our commanding officer later discovered this flirtation with luxury and ordered us back to base. Typical of the time, this apartment belonged to a...
    • Medicine salesman, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A medicine man in the Medina, Algiers, November 1943. His collection included antler, animal skin, snakeskin, ostrich egg and ostrich egg shell, dried lizard (a favorite among medicine men through the Moslem world at that time), roots, some spices...
    • Unidentified street, the Medina, Algiers, November 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Medina, the oldest part of the city, was built on the slope of a landmass rising from the sea. Without sewer or water systems, it represented an undesirable place to live; the disease rate was high and the atmosphere unpleasant. At this time in...
    • Caravan entering Biskra, December 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A traditional camel caravan moving into Biskra after a long journey from the southern edge of the Sahara. Measured distance is not a concept these caravans use; days to travel and time are the measure. A trip from Biskra to Bou Saada is 6 days if a...
    • Caravan, December 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A traditional camel caravan moving into Biskra after a long journey from the southern edge of the Sahara. Measured distance is not a concept these caravans use; days to travel and time are the measure. A trip from Biskra to Bou Saada is 6 days if a...

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