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

    More photos from my collection. .
    Keith
    burnt out trucks ww2.jpg burnt ourt trucks dunkirk (2018_01_13 18_51_57 UTC).jpg 1940 bef bedfords burnt out.jpg
     
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  2. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Don't think many of them will be making it to the Russian front !
    Craig
     
  3. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Yes who ever put the equipment to the torch made a very good job of it

    .I would think the scrap would be headed to Krupps or some French sub contractor steel smelter.

    I wonder where the last frame is located...looks to be an interesting building group... it looks like a crane and ship in the LH side of the frame
     
  4. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Hi Harry, Photo taken at Cherbourg, its not a ship i think they are gangways for people to get off the ships that lower down.
    Original photos from my collection.
    Keith
    c docks german tanks.jpg c docks gangway.jpg c docks.jpg
     
  5. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Thanks Keith

    I should have realised the incline of the "funnels" was too acute to be an actual funnel.

    Cherbourg. I have been in and out of the place many times,but of course never immediate postwar.

    The photograph might identify some of the buildings if they are still there.The clock tower and building might appear on some later wartime shots.I do recollect seeing a very good frame of the harbour area being shot up during a RAF attack on the town...seeing the frame again might be able to identify the location.
     
  6. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Here is a link to film taken in 1944.
     
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  7. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Original photo taken from my ww2 negative.. 25/18 ? Pdr and limber. anyone ID the area, Motley mount was used for AA in background. Church in background.
    Keith
    25 pdr ww2 1940.jpg
     
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  8. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Original photo taken from my ww2 negative. Anyone ID the area,
    Keith
    1940 barge ww2 sunk.jpg
     
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  9. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    More photos from my collection. Bedford with crew in field grave
    Keith
    kia bedford.jpg kia bedford cu.jpg
     
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  10. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    More photos from my collection, 1st photo car and truck has Aos number 62 on the back. 2nd photo might have 38 on the Bedford MW.
    bef trucks german wagons.jpg bef trucks aos 38.jpg
     
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  11. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    Could it possibly also be 58, Keith? (You’ll now tell me there wasn’t a 58 :lol:)
     
  12. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    You could be right 58 . 58 with a white bar on top 4 Ordnance Field Park RAOC or Ordnance Field Park RAOC. I dont think it is 58 Indian Animal Tpt Coy RASC colour . 58 2 Base Supply Depot RASC. 58 on blue with white bar below is 135 Excavator Coy RE i dont think that one.
    bedford aos 58.jpg
     
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  13. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    I wasn’t sure whether that was a white line below the numbers or just the bottoms of the numbers themselves.
     
  14. myt1prod

    myt1prod Junior Member

    [​IMG]

    This photo by Keith shows the still existing tramdepot along 'loskaai' (= streetname) at De Panne
     
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  15. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    One more from my collection, German info on the back.
    Keith
    dunkirk area veh dump  photo.jpg dunkirk area veh dump back of photo.jpg
     
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  16. Nido

    Nido Active Member

    The text reads:

    Dunkirchen
    Der (crossed out) Ein Autofriedhof der Engländer
    in Dunkirchen (????????) (????)
    stecken hier in diesen Tausenden von Fahrzeugen

    Dunkirk
    The (crossed out) A car dump of the English
    in Dunkirk (????????) (????)
    got stuck hier in these thousand of trucks.



    Can not crack those two words, marked with (????).
     
  17. Nido

    Nido Active Member

    The words appear to be "Unschätzbare Werte" (Invaluable assets). The whole text then would read:
    Dunkirk
    A vehicle dump of the English
    in Dunkirk. Invaluable assets
    got stuck here in these thousand of vehicles.

    3 assets.jpg
     
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  18. myt1prod

    myt1prod Junior Member

    [​IMG]
    This photo by morrisc8 isn't easy to ID as the church shows very little detail.
    When assuming this photo was taken in the evacuationarea stretching from De Panne to Dunkirk, only one church seems to fit the image... being the church of Ghyvelde. The position of the church would indicate that this photo was taken west of the 'rue nationale', the main road which runs straight to Ghyvelde.
    Another indication for this photo being shot at Ghyvelde is the soil and envirronement... we clearly see dunes and sand although no such church is to be found along the coastline; so it must be more inland. The only place where inland dunes can be found in the vicinity of the evacuationbeaches is a stretch of old (fossile) dunes reaching from Adinkerke (BE) to Ghyvelde (FR). As the church in the image rules out Adinkerke, it can be no other then Ghyvelde
     
  19. myt1prod

    myt1prod Junior Member

    upload_2020-6-14_12-25-3.png
    The above image by morrisc8 has possibly been taken from the cercled area
     
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  20. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Good I have been able to follow it on my map.The church appears to be the Catholic Church of Saint Vincent...Eglise de la paroisse des Dunes by location.
     

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