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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Germany, near Nuremberg, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • On the autobahn between Nuremberg and Munich. Overlooking a bombed out bridge on the autobahn, Melvin Shaffer with camera and two helpers from a signal corps unit. They were on loan to me to photograph the Dachau concentration camp. One of the...
    • Berlin, parade ground, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Films of Hitler's forces goose-stepping in this great plaza were very fresh in our minds as we strolled this entire area, talking about and reviewing what each of us remembered from those pre-war films of Nazi Germany. It was here that Hitler first...
    • Parade ground, Berlin, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Films of Hitler's forces goose-stepping in this great plaza were very fresh in our minds as we strolled this entire area, talking about and reviewing what each of us remembered from those pre-war films of Nazi Germany. It was here that Hitler...
    • 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...
    • Gasthof Zur, Italian Alps, 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The Gasthof Zur in the Italian Alps near the village of Santa Cristina. Undamaged by war, it was open for business during the entire period of conflict. In July 1945 (my time there), it served good food and provided comfortable housing for anyone...
    • 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,...
    • Biskra, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • At the market in Biskra medicine men plied their ancient craft. This particular individual was applying a mix of ostrich shell, salt and lizard oil to a little girl's eye, swollen from conjunctivitis. She screamed in agony and but sat still so she...
    • Sultan's palace, Rabat, Morocco, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A view inside the Palace of Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco, and September 1943. This palace was completely replaced by his son, King Hassan II (still Prince Moulay Hassan at this time), who died in 1999.
    • Old fort / palace, Rabat, Morocco, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Remains of an old fortress / palace near Rabat, Morocco, September, 1943. Rabat itself was founded in the 12th century by 'Abd al-Mu'min as a riba t (camp). It was at this camp that the first Almohad ruler quartered the troops he had amassed for...
    • Streetcars in Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Somehow, the trolley cars were kept running in Algiers. Not different from those in use in the United States at the time, the trolleys were the only transportation available to the local people within the city. November, 1943.
    • 99 Rue D'Isly, home for a few weeks, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A room in a private apartment at 99 Rue D'Isly, Algiers, that we were able to rent for a few weeks. Our commanding officer later discovered this flirtation with luxury and ordered us back to base. Typical of the time, this apartment belonged to a...
    • Medicine salesman, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A medicine man in the Medina, Algiers, November 1943. His collection included antler, animal skin, snakeskin, ostrich egg and ostrich egg shell, dried lizard (a favorite among medicine men through the Moslem world at that time), roots, some spices...
    • 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...
    • Street in the Medina, Algiers, November 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Narrow, dark, and restricting to traffic and commerce, a very high population density made these streets impassable and dangerous at times. Consequently, soldiers tended to visit and tour in the very early morning hours or (quickly) at the time of...
    • 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...
    • Caravan entering Biskra, December 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A traditional camel caravan moving into Biskra after a long journey from the southern edge of the Sahara. Measured distance is not a concept these caravans use; days to travel and time are the measure. A trip from Biskra to Bou Saada is 6 days if a...
    • Caravan, December 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A traditional camel caravan moving into Biskra after a long journey from the southern edge of the Sahara. Measured distance is not a concept these caravans use; days to travel and time are the measure. A trip from Biskra to Bou Saada is 6 days if a...
    • Rue D'Isly near the post office, Algiers, December 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • There had been no German air raids for a few weeks, blackout restrictions were lifted and traffic, mostly military and streetcars, ran with lights. Streets were also illuminated and there appeared to be no requirement to maintain a blackout -- this...

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