The Real Monuments Men: Part 1

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In Shadowed by Grace, I delved into the world of the Monuments Men in Italy. The movie that releases next week explores some of what this elite group did in France and Germany, while I recreated part of their job in Italy during WWII.

photo books

Capturing life in Italy during WWII was quite a challenge. The photo shows just a few of the books I relied on while writing. In addition to the Monuments Men, I had to dive into the sequence of the battles up the boot of Italy, the devastation that impacted Naples, the liberation of Rome and much more.

Fortunately, I love research!

If you’ve read the book, you might be like me. Curious how much is real and how much came from my imagination. I’ve created several pinterest boards, so you can see a few more of my sources. You can find them here:

Monuments Men Research Board

Florence WWII Photos and Sources

Rome WWII Photos

Montegufoni: the Tuscan Castle

Monuments Men: Shadowed by Grace


I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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