US Marines burning out Japanese resistance, southwest Pacific c. 1944
May 15, 2013, 4:00pm / 26
Overlooking a bombed out bridge, Melvin Shaffer with camera and two helpers from a signal corps unit on the autobahn between Nuremberg and Munich.
In Shaffer’s own words: “They [Signal Corps helpers] were on loan to me to photograph the Dachau concentration camp. One of the ironies of war is portrayed here: the ‘front’ was just a mile to our east, the German forces leaving this area just two or three hours before. It was and continued to be an amazing fact to me that things could become so peaceful so fast following a horrible battle.
The bridge column is the remaining part of an autobahn bridge over a valley. The Germans were in such a rush to retreat that we did not worry about mines and booby traps, as they simply did not have time for it at these later stages of the conflict.”
May 15, 2013, 1:00pm / 27