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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • The ruins of the Abbey at Monte Cassino, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The Abbey at Monte Cassino (the Abbazia di Montecassino), bombed into rubble by the Allied forces, only to make ideal cover for the German troops who rapidly re-entered the Abbey after the bombing. As a result, the Allies attempted again to "take"...
    • Children, Southern Italy

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Unaffected by war, the children in Southern Italy were friendly, warm and always wanted to have attention from the American soldiers. Here, as in Naples, I experienced that line of questioning which began: "You know my Uncle Joe? He lives in...
    • Fields, plains of central Italy, Spring 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This aerial view of well-manicured farmland provides another example of the tenacity of local people and of their ability to carry on with their lives in spite of the war and it effects on their environment.
    • Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The City of Algiers from the suburb of El Biar in the fall of 1943. Large numbers of French nationals, Jewish families and Arabs then populated the city. On the surface (at least) they all seemed to get on with their lives, which were dominated by...
    • Algiers, Ferris wheel

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • In Algiers we frequently came across attempts by the locals to lead normal (i.e., peacetime) lives. This scene depicts a small Ferris wheel in one of the city's parks. Mostly it was hauling American soldiers around. A very unstable looking...

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