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Robert Capa's battlefields revisited

Robert Capa was a Jewish-Hungarian photographer that became world famous with his pictures from the Spanish Civil War (1936-1938). His motto was "If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough". I like very much that he showed the life of everyday people in the middle of war. That is my reason to search for his battlefields when I travel around in Europe. Read on at Wikipedia: Robert Capa.

Links to sections below:  World War II on Sicily - After World War II in Poland

World War II on Sicily

Marching towards Troina

In July and August 1943 Robert Capa followed the American troops across Sicily.

A first he was in Agrigento and made this photograph somewhere in the old town. However, I never found the place.

Robert Capa's original Not in Via San Domenico

Robert Capa's original

Where in Agrigento is the photo taken? Not in Via San Domenico.

Not in Via Neve - and not in Salita Gubernatis either

Not in Via Neve

- and not in Salita Gubernatis either, even though there is an "Idrante" (fire hydrant) sign on the corner as on the original

Troina Highway Troina View

The American troops went along Highway 22 from Agira to Troina. The valley is 1,000 metres above sea level.

Troina seen at a distance. The town has been fortified since the Norman King Roger II (1095-1154).

Marching towards Troina

Robert Capa's photo of American soldiers marching towards Troina 4 or 5 August 1943.

Troina highway

The photo may have been taken here - if the highway bend has been straightened after the war

American soldiers in Troina

Robert Capa's photo of American soldiers beeing greeted in Troina, 6 August 1943

Via Nazionale, Troina

The photo is taken in Via Nazionale, Troina

The Troina township displays historical posters in the old city. Here are German soldiers captured by the Americans in 1943.

German prisoners in Troina
Canadian cemetery

The Canadian troops met heavy German resistance near Agira, and 300 Canadian soldiers died. They are buried near lake Pozzillo with a view to the Etna volcano (3,300 metres).

After World War II in Poland

Warsaw flattened 

When the Soviet Army attacked the German forces through Poland in 1944, they stopped outside Warsaw and waited while the nationalist uprising in Warsaw was going on.

The Germans made an end to the uprising, expelled the population and demolished all buildings in the Polish capital.

Robert Capa's photo from 1948.

Warsaw 2012

Now Warsaw is rebuilt, and it is difficult to make a proper photograph of the church.

Warsaw church

All black-and-white photos are made by Robert Capa. They stem from the book "Robert Capa / Fotografias", Aperture, Madrid, 1996, which I recommend everybody to read. All colour photos by Ebbe Munk.