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    • Melvin Shaffer with Cine Special, 8th Evacuation Hospital Italy, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Melvin Shaffer and his Cine Special used for filming surgery and patients in hospitals. This camera, however, was never used for photography in the forward areas. These cameras were not suitable for "rugged" use and, for fieldwork, were left behind...
    • 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...
    • Approaching San Gimignano, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The city of San Gimignano, just north of Siena, was prominent for its many bell towers. Difficult to get too because of heavy land mining in the area, it was a romantic city and favorite getaway spot for American Military officers and their Red...
    • Mt. Vesuvius

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Mt. Vesuvius seen during eruption, 1944. This farmland was near the northwestern sector.
    • Fields, plains of central Italy, Spring 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This aerial view of well-manicured farmland provides another example of the tenacity of local people and of their ability to carry on with their lives in spite of the war and it effects on their environment.
    • 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.
    • Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A view of the city of Algiers, December, 1943, taken from the El Biar section. An interesting custom prevailed here. On weekends, Jewish families would sit along the road with their eldest daughter pushed to the front. Mothers would call out to the...
    • Prayer tower, Rabat

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • This prayer tower, then situated on the outskirts of Rabat, was in use by a Mullah who rode a horse to its top on a roundabout staircase 5 times each day for the call to prayer. The structure -- also known as the tower of Hassan or Hassan tower --...
    • Laundry, Casablanca, September 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • These facilities appear to have been constructed specifically for this purpose and were in constant use. Some of the ladies appeared to be doing wash that was for commercial purposes: very large quantities; batches had to be kept separate from one...
    • 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...

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