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    • 8th Evacuation Hospital, Pietramala, Italy, Winter 1944 / 1945

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The 8th Evacuation Hospital -- manned by a unit from the University of Virginia -- at the Pietramala location, about 40 miles north of Florence. The photograph was made from atop a mountain to the west of the Hospital. The highway shown is one of...
    • Melvin Shaffer overlooking Pietramala, Italy, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Looking north from Pietramala towards the German lines just at the ridgeline near the top of this photo; the Germans were no doubt watching me, as they had observation points all along this range as well as made frequent sorties at night into the...
    • Farm caravan near Caserta, Italy, 1943

    • 1943
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A small caravan of wagons with hay and clover travel along to the farm from distant fields; late summer, 1943. To the northeast of the city of Caserta, located about 30 miles north of Naples, the land is rich and farming a major activity. While...
    • San Gimignano, Italy, 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 to because of heavy land mining in the area, it was a romantic city and favorite getaway spot for American military officers and their Red...
    • St. Peter's, Rome, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The famous basilica designed by Giacomo della Porta, 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 military...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Near Cassino, Italy

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This scene reveals that, just a few weeks after heavy fighting occurred here (it had since moved on to the north), farmland in the area had been neatly restored.
    • Casablanca, laundry, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • In the fields near Casablanca, after the war and its activity was gone from the area, these Berber women did laundry in the time-honored way. They chatted and sang as they worked, giving the impression of being at peace with themselves and the...
    • Maurice Manson and donkey with trash, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • This photograph made in the Medina, Algiers in the fall of 1943. The photograph shows a typical Medina scene -- a garbage donkey being observed by an American soldier, Corporal Maurice Manson. Streets in this and most native quarters in North...
    • Feet, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Asleep on a staircase in the Medina of Algiers, this desert tribesman 1 shows the markings of a lifetime traveling the desert. He was a traditional teller of the news, moving from city to camp telling the same stories and tales of rain to his...
    • Three Berber girls near Casablanca, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Three Berber girls, Casablanca, near the laundry pictured elsewhere. They were part of the families doing laundry, all of whom had a friendly nature and genuine interest in the Americans, with offers of free laundry and subtle hints of other things...
    • Child in the village of Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A small child walking with his toy on a hot, sandy, and windswept street in the village of Bou Saada, about 100 miles southeast of Algiers. His homespun clothing was typical of the area, warm and good protection from the desert sun. This was French...
    • Arab man in traditional carryall pants

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The costumes of the Arabs were a constant source of curiosity among the troops. The extra space was used to carry all manner of things -- teapots, bags of grain, tea, sugar, salt -- all tied into neat sacks and hung from a waistband inside. When...
    • 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...
    • Small boy and donkey, Biskra, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A family takes their little boy for a donkey ride, Biskra, Algeria (famous for its figs, a staple of the Algerian diet). Some families here were well-off, but this little boy shows the classic love and attention accorded small kids everywhere
    • 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...

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