Mount Vesuvius Eruption (1944)
This set contains samples from the "Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs" digital collection from Southern Methodist University's Central University Libraries.

Melvin Shaffer enlisted in the United States Army at the Army Medical Museum, Washington, D.C. He received basic training as a medical corpsman photographer.

His personal photographs depict the indigenous populations and local conditions of North Africa, Italy/Southern France, and Germany from the years 1943 to 1945. Included here are 19 images of Mt. Vesuvius that depict the volcano before, during and after its eruption in 1944.

The digital collection, with many more images and photographs, is available at

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