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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Invasion beach, Southern France

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This photo, taken a few hours after the invasion, shows a reasonably tranquil scene, the force -- the Third Division of the United States Army -- having moved inland in pursuit of the relatively small German contingent defending the beaches. This...
    • Mt. Vesuvius at night, eruption of 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The fury of the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius was more apparent at night when lava flow could nearly always be seen, a pattern of outcroppings that changed nightly. Here the front is advancing towards Naples. This flow occurred irregularly...
    • 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.

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