Dunkirk 1940 photos some never before seen.

Discussion in '1940' started by morrisc8, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Original photo from my collection.
    Same view from the top of the slope, far right ambulance is far left in photo 40 above.
    dunkirk beach trucks cars.jpg
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  2. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Original photos from my collection. kit left and and ammo boxes and AA part. keith.
    dunkirk bofors part beach.jpg dunkirk ammo on beach.jpg dunkirk 40mm bofors ammo beach.jpg
  3. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Picture 1 #42 looks like a spare Bofors 40mm barrel which ties in with the 40mm marking on the ammunition box. Picture 3 is a clip of four rounds for a Bofors.

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  4. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Original photos from my collection and book. Keith.
    dunkirk gasmask beach.jpg dunkirk bike photo 1 beach .jpg
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  5. stevej60

    stevej60 Active Member

    Great collection and thread Kieth,my uncle's battallion (9th DLI) got out almost intact sadly he was killed on 26th
    May along with over twenty other's when his companies billet recieved a direct hit.
  6. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Thank you Steve for putting that up. Original photo from my collection and book. British 303 rounds, lots of info in this photo. Keith.
    dunkirk 303 ammo on beach.jpg
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  7. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Here are some of the photos.

    Part 1.
    Part 2

    dunkirk 1940 bef trucks humber.jpg
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  8. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Super photo's Keith, and a great thread.

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  9. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Original photo from my collection and book. Might be a French rifle ?
    dunkirk rifle.jpg
  10. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Loss of BEF war materiel....it is recorded that the defeat at Stalingrad cost the Wehrmacht the equivalent of 3 months war materiel production output.I would think the amount of war materiel production output lost by the BEF was much much higher than that.

    Sean Longden's "Dunkirk" references that the BEF lost and abandoned 2472 guns..not itemised......nearly 65000 vehicles...not itemised and 2000 motorcycles.In the withdrawal, 416000 tons of stores,over 65000 tons of ammunition and 162000 tons of petrol were left behind.(I would think where possible such war materiel would be subject the slash and burn destruction policy as laid down by official orders)

    Then there was a most important commodity lost...... soldiers comforts...that of the NAFFI assets lost.....many years ago I recollect a reference that the NAFFI lost 10 million fags on account of the withdrawal from Dunkirk.There are many accounts from films and most importantly of accounts of the experience of British POWs being offered British cigarettes while being interrogated.....all part of the psychological war.
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  11. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    Pemberton's Development of artillery tactics and equipment does give a detailed breakdown of artillery pieces:-
    1,006 field guns - enough for 40 field regiments
    480 anti tank guns
    272 medium guns
    53 heavy guns
    6 super heavy guns
    260 AA Guns

    This is just over 2,000 pieces; less than half the production for 1940 (4700 artillery pieces all types) So in theory after, say, five months the army might have been re-equipped.
    However, the army started 1940 deficient in artillery and other material to fully equipment the expanded army and the 1940 campaign also demonstrated the need for a much higher proportion of anti tank and AA guns. The urgency to replace equipment also lead to delays in introducing the 6 pounder anti tank guns to replace the obsolescent 2 pounder and in replacing medium and heavy artillery. The losses at Dunkirk in practical terms have an impact until 1942.
  12. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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  13. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Sheldrake - do you know what tractors would have been typical for the list of artillery types lost ?

  14. vestingjager

    vestingjager Active Member

    Some of the trucks were sent to Antwerp, in Fort2, the Lufwaffe revised them, here are some pictures:

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  15. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Fate of special vehicles on the BEF withdrawal from France

    In the past I read the account of a survivor from the Lancastria sinking who was involved in driving down to St Nazaire with army vehicles. They were instructed to head to an airfield under construction just outside St Nazaire where the vehicles were to be destroyed but were told that arrangements had been put in place to ship special vehicles back to Britain.Whether this took place has not been recorded but I have not seen accounts where they were.

    I do not think that the RAF ever operated out of St Nazaire.This airfield may have been what is now the Montoir airfield which now serves St Nazaire. Postwar the USAF are recorded as operating from there and now it is a manufacturing hub for Airbus Industries....cannot trace if the Luftwaffe were here during the occupation.
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  16. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Original photos from my collection . One of the Bedfords has AOS 34 a Morris has AOS 16.
    dunkirk bedfords morris 1940.jpg 1940 dunkirk french ship beach.jpg
  17. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Original photo from my collection.
    dunkirk burnt out trucks on the beach info..jpg
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  18. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Original photo from my collection. Bandstand at La/De Panne.
    dunkirk bandstand De Panne.jpg
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  19. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    One more from my collection.
    dunkirk beach.jpg
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  20. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Anyone know the name of this barge.
    Original Photos from my collection.
    dunkirk barge beach 1940 morris cdsw.jpg dunkirk 1940 unkown barge.jpg dunkirk barge beach 1940 photo .jpg dunkirk truck in sand with barge1940.jpg
    Last edited: May 23, 2019

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