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    • Berlin, late May 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • This photograph of buildings near the Chancellery, on the Unter den Linden, shows the efficiency of both the population and the Russian forces that had cleared the streets for military traffic and for the delivery of essential goods to the...
    • The Hitler Door, Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • This view I call the "Hitler Door" because it is at the rear of the Chancellery and is the one through which you went before going down into the underground headquarters. Out and to the left was the courtyard wherein the cremation of Hitler took...
    • Feeding lines, Germany, June 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • The feeding stations depicted here and elsewhere were typical of those set up throughout Germany immediately after the war. The Allies furnished the raw foodstuffs, and German staffers then prepared the food at emergency feeding facilities...
    • Feeding lines, food being ladled, Germany, June 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • The feeding stations depicted here and elsewhere were typical of those set up throughout Germany immediately after the war. The Allies furnished the raw foodstuffs, and German staffers then prepared the food at emergency feeding facilities...
    • Feeding lines, food being ladled, Germany, June 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • The feeding stations depicted here and elsewhere were typical of those set up throughout Germany immediately after the war. The Allies furnished the raw foodstuffs, and German staffers then prepared the food at emergency feeding facilities...
    • Naples and Mt. Vesuvius, April 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A view of the harbor at Naples with Mt. Vesuvius in the background. A truly beautiful city, Naples was a nice retreat from assignments in the forward areas. This photo was made after the massive eruption of Vesuvius and clearly shows the newly...
    • 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...
    • Fishing cove near Amalfi, Italy, 1943

    • 1943
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The coastal city of Amalfi (just south of Naples) escaped damage despite its proximity to Salerno, where the main Allied landing took place. This image is typical of scenes from Italy as I saw it: an undisturbed village or town immediately near...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Grand Cafe, the Medina, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Grand Café in the Medina, Algiers, a gathering place for locals and travelers alike. Food was served with tea but no wine. A similar café further on did serve wine but the Moslems avoided it and the clientele was made up almost exclusively of...
    • Fortress Gate, Rabat, Morocco, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A fortress gate near Rabat in September 1943. Not associated with the Sultan's palace, this artifact stood alone on the desert. When in Morocco in 1996 I could not locate it and no one seemed to recognize the place from my photo.
    • 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...
    • Streetcar, Algiers, November 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The streetcar that ran along the coastal road the entire length of the city of Algiers. The cars were nearly always full with passengers clinging to the sides, pushing, and shoving. But the system always seemed to work, not much different than...
    • Unidentified street, the Medina, Algiers, November 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Medina, the oldest part of the city, was built on the slope of a landmass rising from the sea. Without sewer or water systems, it represented an undesirable place to live; the disease rate was high and the atmosphere unpleasant. At this time in...
    • "Heart of Algiers" , December 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • This is the intersection of the Rue D'Isly and the harbor street, with the Medina to the left. This was the heart of Algiers. Again, we have a view of a streetcar making its appointed rounds. The Algerian Lottery and the cinema are advertised; the...

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