Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

Berlin, late May 1945

Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

Berlin, late May 1945

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

Melvin Shaffer with Cine
Special, 8th Evacuation Hospital
Italy, 1944
Mt. Vesuvius eruption, San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, 1944

Mt. Vesuvius eruption, San
Sebastiano al Vesuvio, 1944
Senegalese Troopers on guard at Sultan's Palace, Rabat, Morocco, September 1943

Senegalese Troopers on guard
at Sultan's Palace, Rabat,
Morocco, September 1943
Olympic Pool, Berlin, 1945

Olympic Pool, Berlin, 1945
The Hitler Door, Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945

The Hitler Door, Reich
Chancellery, Berlin, 1945
Cathedral interior, Naples, 1944

Cathedral interior, Naples, 1944

About the Collection

Holding library: DeGolyer Library

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Overview

The Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs and images depict the indigenous populations and local conditions of North Africa, Italy/Southern France, and Germany from the years 1943 to 1945. Included are 19 images of Mt. Vesuvius that depict the volcano before, during and after its eruption in 1944.

Read more: Shaffer's Personal Account

Read more about Melvin C. Shaffer and this project in his autobiography. Read his personal, and often harrowing, account of his travels in North Africa, Italy/Southern France, and Germany.

Holdings and Highlights

SMU has published two other digital collections of World War II materials: Historic Government Publications from World War II and the Frank J. Davis War II Photographs.

  • The Historic Government Publications collection contains reports, propaganda, and other materials distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office during the Second World War.
  • Frank J. Davis’ frontline photographs and images portray life during World War II, including images from Washington, DC, Italy, France, and Saipan.

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