Mount Vesuvius Erupts
With all the insanity of war, the peak of insanity may have been due to an act of nature. In March 1944 while they were around the Naples area, the previously dormant volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted. Lava and smoke filled the landscape for miles around. A U.S. airfield was hit by hot lava resulting in 80 planes being destroyed. The eruption lasted for 5 days. The resulting smoke obstructed vision and thus it dictated the battle conditions which the Germans used to their advantage.
Gene took the "above" two photos.
The ones "below" are famous photos from the war