Dunkirk 1940. Inland. France & Belgium. Photos, some never seen before

Discussion in '1940' started by morrisc8, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Boulogne.
    Photo from my collection.
    Keith
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  2. Nido

    Nido Active Member

    The round sign on the side of the vehicle reads "Autopelle". "-pelle", in this case, stands for "an ecxcavator", so "autopelle" can be interpreted as "an excavator based on a truck". Taking into consideration the type of a bucket, this machinery can be identified as a "clamshell mechanical grab bucket crane".
     

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  3. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    The truck [ Front part is a ww1 US Liberty B chassis truck.]
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  4. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    I added some colour. You can see a large amount of British Vehicles [ Bedfords Ect ] and a few French.
    Original photo from my collection.
    Keith
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  5. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    1940 blown up church colour.jpg Some photos of some French villages and church from my collection.
    Keith


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  6. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    near dunkirk 1940 bef. trench. back of photo.jpg I wonder if this could have been a HQ as it has trenches near it, you can see the smoke from Dunkirk in the background and some BEF trucks. info on the back of photo in German.
    German Positions of Infantry Reg. 11 in the combat area near Dunkirk, France
    Photo from my collection. I added colour.
    Keith
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  7. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Photo of spiked British anti-aircraft artillery guns in Hondschoote France.
    Photo from my collection.
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  8. Nido

    Nido Active Member

    Readings:
    Nach Dünkirchen
    am 4 Juni 40
    (To[wards] Dunkirk
    on the 4th of June 40)

    Zertrummerte engl.[ische] Flak
    Hondschoote am 2./3. Juni 4?
    (Shettered/wrecked English anti-aircraft guns
    Hondshoote on the 2-nd/3-rd of June 4?)

    Not sure of the year of the second text. It should be 40, but it looks like 41.
     

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  9. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    This mistake probably goes back to the author of these lines.
    Nevertheless, one can note that most English (mea culpa: BRITISH) trucks and especially the heavy 3.7-inch flak were held in the highest esteem by the German operators.
     
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  10. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    25/18Pdr dump. Photos from my collection.
    Keith
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  11. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Jus a few i have put up here before from my collection, all Ex BEF. I have a large amount of photos of stuff left by the BEF in 1940
    Keith
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  12. Nido

    Nido Active Member

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  13. Nido

    Nido Active Member

    Agree! As an example of such an esteem - this propaganda image of 9,4 cm Flak M39 (e) (that is QF AA 3,7-inch gun) with the "Sharp shooting" caption! A clear sign of recognition!

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  14. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    Nice to see a Norton thwarting the German war effort in that last picture, Keith. :) There is another one in the ditch too.

    Is that a respirator case hanging over the left handlebar ?
     
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  15. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Hi Rich, Yes that looks like a British gas mask case.
     
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  17. Wobbler

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  18. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    It looks more like a '5' to me, as well....but the arm of services '3' was generally with a flat top too..I'm inclined to think more likely 2nd Hampshires than 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards of 1 Div.
     
  19. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Thats what i think too info from Andrews book
     
  20. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    What can you see is British on the bike. Photo taken from my original neg. Dunkirk.
    Keith
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