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The large collection of aerial photographs of Italy taken for military reconnaissance purposes by the Allies during the Italian campaign of 1943–1945 are of course of historical interest. The historical photographs of the Italian cities are a significant and often unique record of the Italian landscape before the development of the mid and later 20th century. These also record historical events that can contribute to the writing of history and the documentation of cultural heritage.

The images in this exhibit were produced by strategic photo-reconnaissance units of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), part of the Mediterranean Allied Photographic Reconnaissance Wing (MAPRW). This material is housed at the Aerofototeca Nazionale in Rome, Italy.