Mount Vesuvius erupting with vehicles on a road in foreground near Naples, Italy in April 1944

U.S. Navy Official photograph, Gift of Charles Ives, from the collection of The National World War II Museum
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6. Photograph. Vesuvius erupting with vehicles on a road in foreground. “File No: 54421 Released April 3, 1944 Vesuvius Erupts! In its worse eruptions in 72 years, brooding Mt. Vesuvius joins its efforts to the ravages of war as it again belches death and destruction on the towns and hamlets which crouch against its crusty flanks. These official U. S. Navy photographs indicate the extent of the havoc wreaked by the fiery lava spewed out from the volcano. Tossed heaven-ward by a primeval geyser, a giant canopy of smoke dominates the war-ravaged countryside for miles. Heading for Pompeii, historic reminder of the volcano’s obliterating rage, an Army jeep speeds away from the inferno, bent on war business. A large fleet of Army vehicles were used to evacuate the villagers who lived in the path of Vesuvius’ lava.” 3 April 1944

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$120.00
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Accession Number: 
2011.102.006
Date: 
Apr 1944-
Location: 
Vesuvio
Branch: 
Navy
Theater of Service: 
Mediterranean Theater of Operations
Topical Subjects: 
Volcanoes--Italy
Volcanic eruptions--Italy
Mountains--Italy
Smoke--Italy
Evacuations--Italy
Buildings--Italy
Roads--Italy
Military vehicles--American--Italy
Automobiles--Italy
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The Charles Ives Collection consists of 719 photographs from the Pacific Theater of WWII. Many of the photographs were taken between 1944 and 1945. Mr. Ives inherited the photographs from a friend from Marblehead, Massachusetts who served as an aviator in the Army Air Corps and discharged as a Major in 1945.