1940 Dunkirk France Belgium Related Pictures

Discussion in '1940' started by Drew5233, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Gun looks like an 18 pdr, or 18/25 pdr, on the Mk IVP (box trail and pneumatic tyres) carriage. French tanks are Somua S35. Truck looks like a 15cwt of some sort.

    Chris
     
  2. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Nice pic , Is that a treelined hill in left background ?, and the 15cwt has a 'Mutley' bren mount . :)
     
  3. rewdco

    rewdco Senior Member

    Here's a pre war post card, to show where the Dunkirk train station was situated:

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    This is the station in 1940:

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  4. BrianM59

    BrianM59 Senior Member

    Back says, 'May 1940, captured French tanks in Dunkirk' - presumably some sort of weapons dump we've seen on photographs before. Such places must have been a magnet for occupying troops to go and have their pictures taken in front of stuff they probably never saw in combat. It's amazing how often the same image crops up in ordinary soldiers' war albums, they presumably passed them around and sent them home to copy.
     
  5. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Rather sad picture of a third division carrier and mortar that looks like it has a story , does location mean anything to anyone ' visitez grottes maours ' ?
     

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  6. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    It's still possible to vist the caves at Naours, between Amiens and Doullens but of course the advertising doesn't indicate the exact spot. It could be quite a way off.

    http://www.grottesdenaours.com/

    The carrier is from 2nd Infantry Division. Unfortunately no Arm of Service serial visible. Can anyone identify the mortar ?
     
  7. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Thanks Rich that N as opposed to M makes all the difference to googling it , had quick look on street view but can't spot it.
    The carrier looks to me as thought its had a direct hit where the white square would be on front .
    Craig
     
  8. koos24

    koos24 Member

    In September 2013 I want to visit the Dunkirk area to make a then & now make photo serie,
    I hope you do not mind if I use information from this thread.

    Of course I put the thread in this forum online ;)
     
  9. May1940

    May1940 Senior Member

    Rich

    That is a British 3 inch mortar. You don't see many of those in photographs.

    Andrew
     
  10. DameDeDunkerque

    DameDeDunkerque New Member

    Dear Sir,
    I confirm that this is Malo-les-Bains. I was born here and this is a great emotion for me to discover these amazing photographs. Thank you so much for sharing ! (If I can be of assistance to identify other locations...I will be honored).
     
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  11. koos24

    koos24 Member

    In September 2013 I want to visit the Dunkirk area to make a then & now make photo serie,
    I hope you do not mind if I use information from this thread.

    Of course I put the thread in this forum online ;)

    I'm looking for the locations of these photos

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  12. DameDeDunkerque

    DameDeDunkerque New Member

    Thank you soo much for sharing these photographs ! For years I have been searching a photograp of my native Malo-les-Bains seaside resort city showing the sea front jammed with nazi armored vehicles and nazy troops relaxing and enjoying the view :mad: . I know such photograph exists (colorized) but I can't find it for the moment.
    Cheers
    Freddie
     
  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Freddie and welcome to the best section of the forum - always nice to have more Dunkirk related chaps on here. I hope you are enjoying the 1940 section-I know there are quite a few pics of Malo -les-Bains on here.
     
  14. myt1prod

    myt1prod Junior Member

    Hello

    A rare colour photo of some left behind vehicles amongst the crops in Ghyvelde; neighboring town of Bray-Dunes, a bit inland along the French-Belgian border

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    grtz
    Jean
     
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  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Great photo but a shame there is no Corps or Divisional sign visible to ID the battalion.
     
  16. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    From Signal Magazine, apparently:
    http://www.heritage-images.com/Preview/PreviewPage.aspx?id=1276624&licenseType=RM&from=search&back=1276624&orntn=2
    Hard to say whether it's a real colour image, or contemporary tinting, but I dare say if the article it's from could be located it might be an interesting one for you chaps...
     
  17. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    If it's contemporary tinting, then they made reasonable notes as the combination of red background and '14' fits the sequence.

    Its either going to be 2 Coldstreams (Location seems wrong), 2 Norfolks (almost impossible), 2 Grenadier Guards (Quite possibly, I think), Probably not from 4th Division as they almost certainly used another sequence. 2 Inniskillings from 5 Div is possible. I'd be surprised if 6 Queens from 44 Div or 8 Warwicks from 48th Div got there in such good order.

    Perhaps Drew could have a look at 2 GG's diary and see if they mention abandoning transport at Bray.
     
  18. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I looked in Andrew's book, saw the amount of possibilities and closed it again :lol:

    2 GG was Furnes to La Panne and a separate mention of smashing up 3-ton lorries at Zuidcoote in the war diary. No mention of the carrier platoon. I'll check the regiments history in a bit.
     
  19. myt1prod

    myt1prod Junior Member

    some other interesting photo's possibly showing the same vehicle twice; small differences are the emblem and name near the shovel which lack on the first photo.
    The car's name seems to be 'Janine'. The second photo was shot at Bray-Dunes according to the photocaption, the location of the first photo is unknown.

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  20. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Very nice pics of the Citroen-Kegresse tracteur leger d'artillerie P17 (give or take a couple of accents which I am too lazy to insert). Many thanks.

    Chris
     

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