Discussion in '1940' started by Drew5233, Jan 11, 2009.
More great pictures, any more?
One or two more?
Some nice ones in post 444
Not being able to identify the Corps, the truck being towed off the beach belongs to either 52 or 54 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. Cheers for posting - keep 'em coming.
Andy, it looks very much to me as if the 2 Corps wavy lines are present on the offside rear....Although the listings indicate that 2 Corps used a different sequence, photographic evidence now suggests that they came into line very shortly before 10th May. In that case it's probably 53 LAA.
The picture of the chaps in the rear of the truck looks to me to be Home Guard in the UK. The background is a typically English high street and the leather anklets are a bit of an HG giveaway.
I see what you mean...I still find the whole thing very confusing. 53 LAA were 34 according to Andy's book. There is no No.20 under 2 Corps listed.
Indeed, and that's because Andrew's book is based upon the last known official document, dated 11th April 1940. However, that was a month before the balloon went up...and things were in a state of change. It's clear from photographic evidence that 2 Corps travelled to France with Arm of Service markings as per the official list. There are a number of pictures of abandoned vehicles though which show serials in the sequence used by the other corps - so at sometime between 11th April and 10th May, things were altered. Oddly, 4th Division within 2 Corps show no sign of having come into line.
This picture of an abandoned Austin and a Leyland Retriever clearly show a '31' on both vehicles...'31' does not appear in the 2 Corps list but in the other corps as at 11th April would indicate HQ Corps Signals...and the car has a two-coloured marking on the door (blue / white, almost certainly).
There are also photos which show that 2 Corps had hurriedly repainted their markings.
Until we find a further document (what do you have in terms of 2 Corps HQ diaries ? :wink: ) there will be a certain amount of assumption but all the evidence points to 2 Corps having adopted a completely standard set of Corps AoS markings prior to 10th May.
Oddly I have all of I Corps diaries, half or III Corps and none of II Corps.
I'd assume that 2 Corps DDST would be the most likely to hold a clue but any unit could have something.
Rich I thought the same but the hat on the guy on the right looks foreign to me?
Kyle, my impression is that it was a coloured field service cap. That said, the chap on the left almost looks as if he has a Belgian dangly bit on his cap...could they have been playing the enemy on a scheme ?
The gun looks like a Browning rather than a Vickers, which also points to it being a Home Guard unit.
To be honest I have no idea The cars look British too ,the photo came with the rest it was the hat thing which puzzled me.Home Guard it is (I think!)
IWM caption. (agreed it not a vickers)
The Home Guard: The machine gun section of Amersham Company, 5th Buckinghamshire Battalion Home Guard pictured with their Vickers gun mounted in an army lorry.
THE HOME GUARD 1939-1945. © IWM (H 5745)IWM Non Commercial Licence
Timber famed buildings in Amersham High Street.
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