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    • Tracer trails from anti-aircraft fire over Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A composite print of anti aircraft tracer fire over Naples. While not subjected to bombing runs, the port was a frequent subject of night photography by the German forces. They always knew just how high they needed to fly to avoid the...
    • In the Italian Alps near Santa Cristina, Summer 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This very beautiful area shows no outward effects of the war. While most publications highlighting Europe during WWII featured the war-torn areas, most of Europe except for Germany and London showed very little effect of the war. At the time,...
    • Children, Italy

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The children universally liked American soldiers; we returned the feeling by saving up candy and food from our rations and sharing with the kids. It was not unusual for the first soldiers to occupy an area -- almost immediately upon arrival -- to...
    • Children, Italy

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The children universally liked American soldiers; we returned the feeling by saving up candy and food from our rations and sharing with the kids. It was not unusual for the first soldiers to occupy an area -- almost immediately upon arrival -- to...
    • A little nap, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • This old man, a traditional teller of the news, moving from city to camp telling the same stories and tales of rain to his fellow Arabs, gave the appearance of being able to sleep wherever he happened to be -- here, a staircase in the Medina of...
    • Traditional Moslem women, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • These Moslem women were shopping on the main street of Algiers in October 1943. Most Algerian Moslem women wore the veil. They were not covered over the eyes and many made the most of decorating their beautiful dark eyes. They always seemed quite...
    • Moslem women waiting at department store, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • These Moslem ladies were waiting for the only department store in Algiers to open. They usually sat on the sidewalk for hours before the opening and seemed to enjoy being together and chatting. I do not know how they got the word that the store...
    • 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.
    • Rue D'Isly, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Rue D'Isly, Algiers in November 1943. Built by the French in pre-war times, these apartments were comfortable and not so different from those in France. The residents were a mix of French, Jewish and Moslem families. All seemed to get on well....
    • Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The City of Algiers from the suburb of El Biar in the fall of 1943. Large numbers of French nationals, Jewish families and Arabs then populated the city. On the surface (at least) they all seemed to get on with their lives, which were dominated 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 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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