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    • Anfa Hotel, Casablanca

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Anfa Hotel in Casablanca where Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt held their first meeting in conquered territory. That conference took place in January 1943. President Roosevelt flew by PanAm Clipper from Natal to Liberia and then by...
    • Christmas Card, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A Christmas card designed by Hooker Goodwin, a medical artist with our unit. This was reproduced and used by thousands of troops at Christmas, 1943.
    • Rue D'Isly near the post office, Algiers, December 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • There had been no German air raids for a few weeks, blackout restrictions were lifted and traffic, mostly military and streetcars, ran with lights. Streets were also illuminated and there appeared to be no requirement to maintain a blackout -- this...
    • Gardens inside the Sultan's palace, Rabat, September 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • While there was evidence of activity -- heavily used walkways, a toy now and then, some debris from food, etc. -- never did I see any of the Palace inhabitants out while we (American soldiers) were present. It was as if the palace was deserted, and...
    • Cutting hemp stalks, Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This woman is harvesting hemp straw for the rope industry that was so predominant in and around Naples. Hemp was a major crop in the area of Naples. A large family enterprise, the making of hemp rope flourished all during the period of military...
    • Leaning tower of Pisa, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The famous tower escaped damage even though major military activity did take place in the vicinity. The Mausoleum next door, however, did sustain damage; the sides of ancient burial vaults were blown away and gave a good view of the bones of the...
    • The Altare della Patria, Rome, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This monumental complex was finally completed by Mussolini, who transformed it from a dedication to the Italian "unknown soldiers" who died during the First World War into an egocentric expression of his pride in Italian military achievement.
    • Rome, Mussolini's balcony, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The Palazzo Venezia, from which Mussolini made his infamous "Il Duce" speeches in the years prior to the war.
    • Captured vehicle used as mobile lab

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A captured German vehicle was converted into a mobile Medical Laboratory and used throughout the Italian campaign doing blood analysis and other lab work. Lou Breslow is on the left.
    • La Mostra, site of 15th Medical General Laboratory, Naples

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This picture shows La Mostra d'Oltremare as it was during the days prior to its conversion for war purposes. A few years before the war Bennito Mussolini had built a World's Fair-type exhibition on the outskirts of Naples. Its purpose was to...
    • MAMAS Headquarters, La Mostra, Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • La Mostra, Naples after being taken over by the Medical Services. A few years before the war Bennito Mussolini had built a World's Fair-type exhibition on the outskirts of Naples. Its purpose was to display Italian products and culture. When...
    • Melvin Shaffer takes a reading break, Italy, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Melvin Shaffer takes a reading break. War was a "hurry-up-and-wait" environment so it always paid to have a good book. The military was very good at supplying quality material and it was always available, particularly in the hospital environment.
    • Approaching San Gimignano, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The city of San Gimignano, just north of Siena, was prominent for its many bell towers. Difficult to get too because of heavy land mining in the area, it was a romantic city and favorite getaway spot for American Military officers and their Red...
    • Evacuation hospital near Cassino

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Another view of the hospital described elsewhere. The sound of fighting in and around Cassino could be heard and smoke from mortar and artillery fire could clearly be seen as I made this photo from a small artillery-spotting plane.
    • Bill Snavely and Melvin Shaffer, Italy, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Lt. Bill Snavely of the 8th Evacuation Hospital and Melvin Shaffer, still holding his Kodak Cine Special camera, used for filming surgery and patients in hospitals. The tents to the rear are actually units of the hospital. Near the Po River,...
    • Another view of the leaning tower of Pisa, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The leaning tower of Pisa as seen through an archway which shows the angle of the lean against the vertical archway. A few buildings in this area were destroyed -- in fact, one directly adjacent to the tower was badly damaged -- but the tower...
    • St. Peter's, Rome, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The famous basilica designed by Giacomo della Porta, pictured here shortly after the breakthrough at Anzio. Thousands of American soldiers came here on their way north in pursuit of the retreating German forces. It was not uncommon to see entire...

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