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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Kassel, Germany, May 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Within a few days of the end of the war, the city of Kassel was digging itself out. This was the most destroyed city I encountered. There were no useable buildings left. People had made entrances to cellars and were using them as housing. Water...
    • Bismarck Statue, Berlin, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • The Bismarck Statue, Berlin, late May 1945. In contrast to most other soldiers, Americans generally were gawking tourists and the US Army made serious efforts to give opportunities for sight-seeing whenever it could. Most combat soldiers, though,...
    • Another view of Kassel, Germany, May 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Within a few days of the end of the war, the city of Kassel was digging itself out. This was the most destroyed city I encountered. There were no useable buildings left. People had made entrances to cellars and were using them as housing. Water...
    • Attending the opera in Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • It was not unusual to be at the "front" during the early part of the Italian campaign, only to retreat late in the day and return to Naples to attend the opera or engage in some other activity that had nothing to do with the war. On the morning of...
    • Col. Edward "Pete" Churchill, Epinal, France, 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Colonel Edward "Pete" Churchill, Chief of Surgery for the Mediterranean Theater of operations is pictured here in Epinal, France during the final push across France and Southern Germany. Dr. Churchill, Professor of Surgery at Harvard and an...
    • 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.
    • San Marco, Venice, Summer 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Then as now a "must-see" place. Note the large number of soldiers, nearly all American (including myself, in the light-colored uniform). This was a common occurrence in the immediate post-war period. Remarkably very few soldiers of other...
    • 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,...
    • 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...
    • Children in Biskra, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The children of Biskra, Algeria, Fall, 1943. Their faces showed the effects of life on the Sahara and their teeth showed the effects of constantly eating with sand in their diet. They had never heard of America but did know that some soldiers came...
    • Unidentified café

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Arab men enjoying tea at a sidewalk cafe, a very popular pastime for these folks who never seemed in a rush and always had plenty to talk about. On rare occasions when I had an interpreter available, he would assure me that they were not discussing...

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