Scenes from North Africa


The next collection of photo's are of various subjects and all of the North African Campaign if anyone has any further information on this collection please contact me.

Captured Italian artillery pieces

Italian prisoners of war

One of many trucks carrying Italian POW's a regular scene in the North African camaign and throughout Italy.

Overturned tank(no idea what type)

Italian Biplane on a captured aiffield

A picture of an Italian biplane in the Eatern desert, this is probably a Fiat CF32 or CR42 both models were a single seater fighter. Being no match for RAF fighters it was mainly used at night or close support attack missions, its armament was two 12.7mm machine guns and sometimes two 220lbs bombs under the wings

German sd.kfz7 halftrack burnt out

This is a picture of a burnt out Sd.Kfz7 (Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen) 8ton halftrack somewhere in the Western desert. It was a the workhorse of the German Army. It was designed by Krauss-Maffei AG of Muenchen-Allach and was produced by Krauss-Maffei of Munich, Borgward of Bremen, Buessing-NAG of Berlin, Daimler-Benz of Berlin, and later by Saurer Werke AG of Vienna and Italian Breda. Production started in 1933 but it was not until 1939, when full-scale production started. From 1939 to March of 1945, some 12187 were produced. Sd.Kfz.7 was used throughout the war on all fronts with almost all units of the German Army. It was famous for towing the famous 88mm flak anti tank gun below

Famous German 88mm flak anti tank gun

This is a picture of an abandoned deadly German 88mm anti tank gun in the Eastern desert, which cost the lifes of so many tank crews. They were firstly designed as an anti aircraft gun but proved its worth on many a German front as an anti tank weapon. Rommel would place guns like this in locations like Halfaya Pass and dig them in with just there barrels visible, when dug in like this it would make them harder to see and destroy. This caused havoc amongst British tank crews with its rate of fire of 15-20 rounds per minute and its muzzle velocity of 840 meters per second.

German Ju52 Transport plane, the equivalent to the American DC3 Dakota

This is a picture of an abandoned Junkers Ju52 transport plane on a captured enemy airfield in the Eastern desert. Nicknamed by the men who flew her as "Iron Annies" and "Tante Ju" (Auntie Ju). Her construction was a corrugated skin over an airframe being power by three BMW engines. She saw service in every German theater and what she didn't make for in speed she made up for in reliability, but the later did not help her when up against allied fighter planes. As a result of her slow speed loses were huge. The Ju52 was used by the Swiss Airforce into the lates 1980's some 50 years on from its first flight.

Famous and notorious German Ju87 Stuka (Dive bomber)

This is a picture of an abandoned Stuka Ju87 on a captured enemy airfield in the Eastern desert. Feared by all British and Allied troops on the ground and responsible for enflicting so much damage to armoured convoys. The later models being powered by one Junkers Jumo 211P inline piston engine with a horsepower of 1,500. Its armament was to forward firing 20mm MG151/20 cannon, one rear mounted cockpit 7.92mm MG81 machine gun and a bombload of one 3968lb bomb under the fuselage and two 1102lb bombs under each wing.

RAF Baltimore bombers on another raid

This picture is of six RAF Baltimores off on a bombing raid over the Eastern desert, through my research there were a few squadrons that flew this particular plane but one that sticks out more than any other is RAF 55 Squadron, this unit supported the Eighth Army as it advanced throuh the Eastern desert and into Italy.

The Baltimore was a mid winged metal light attack bomber. It carried a crew of four, it was powered by two 1,600hp/1700hp Wright radial engines with a maximum speed of 305mph at 11,600ft. Its armament was four .303 inch machine guns in her wings, two-four .303 inch machine guns in her dorsal turret, two .303 inch machine guns in her ventral positions and up to 2,000 lbs of bombs. Her range was about 1082 miles. A total 1575 were delivered to the RAF from October 1941, in five different versions.

Artillery on the move

The pictures above and below are of the 16th LAA Royal Artillery on the move through the Derna Pass in the June of 1943. Derna Pass lay between Tobruk in East and Benghazi in the West and was the scene of many a fierce battle. Looking at the size of the convoy they were probably on route to Tunis for the build up and invasion of Siciliy that took place on the 10th July, which was nearly put off due to bad weather.

British ambulance's with stretcher cases and buses with walking wounded

In the pictures above and below you have ambulance's and buses. In total there are 420 cases in this convoy, these were all admitted into No6 ward No 3 B.G.H on the 26th October 1942. Going by the date and tracing the locations of the other photos in this collection these are casualties from the Battle of Alamein. The Allies lost 13,560 men, of whom 4,610 were killed or missing; most of the missing turned out to be dead.

Sherman tank on a transporter

A Sherman tank on a transporter just outside Tripoli. Sherman is the British name for the American tank M4 and its various versions. There were 48,347 of these tanks produced during the war, the greatest production any single tank. The different variants were the; M4, M4A1, M4A2, M4A3, M4A4, M4A5 and the M4A6, this does not include the 8000 chassis used for other weapons. Shermans could still be found in service in 70's, a testimony to the excellence of their design and construction.

Camp canteen

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