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

    Two more original photos from my collection.
    Keith.
    dunkirk bike photo.jpg dunkirk area bef burnt out trucks.jpg
     
  2. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Everyone a gem Keith.

    Graham.
     
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  3. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Agree!
    Second pic has a good view of a 6x4 recovery truck with civvy type crane .

    Craig
     
  4. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Two more original photos from my collection.
    Keith.
    dunkirk area trucks photo.jpg dunkirk area french pows pass british truck.jpg
     
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  5. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Abandoned vehicles.
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  6. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    These photos were taken as the germans were near Dunkirk. anyone ID the areas the photos were taken. Original photos from my collection.
    Keith
    dunkirk burning.jpg dunkirk area 1940 fire.jpg near dunkirk 1940.jpg dunkirk area 1940 burning town.jpg dunkirk area cross roads railway.jpg
     
  7. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Taking a break not sure when I will be back

    Viewing these photos and films bring the comments in letters and stories that I have read into reality.
    When the Africa Corps surrendered at Cap Bon Tunisia the Allied Armies were lined up as if on parade to watch.
    Those (particularly the 1st Infantry Division who defended the Dunkirk beaches to the last) were filled with emotion to see the Germans and their equipment trapped along the coast.
    For sometime after this they took pleasure in the use of Axis vehicles for personal transport.
    Here is a photo of two officers in the 67th Field Regiment returning in a commandeered car.
    Capt. Gerry Ruston (driving) was captured at Banana Ridge but was released at Tunis when the ship that was taking him with others to Italy was blockaded and the Italian Guards evaporated.
    He returned with three sergeants, to the Regiment in a large white convertible with red leather seats. (Obviously not this one in the picture).
     

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  8. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    A few more from my collection.
    Keith 1940 bef surchlight.jpg AA gun trucks 1940 pow sign.jpg
     
  9. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Photo taken from my original negative, i have 5 negs of this captured Morris cs8. Z3913152
    Keith
    morris captured 1940 from neg.jpg
     
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  10. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    A few more from my collection.
    Keith
    dunkirk area trucks.jpg burnt out trucks c 1940.jpg
     
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  11. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Great photos Keith, a scrapmans paradise.

    Graham.
     
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  12. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I missed this post from 1st December. The houses look Belgian and behind the damaged Norton WD16H and two BSAs is a Belgian sidecar (an FN perhaps). Would there be any chance of a high res. scan of the motorcycle area so that I can have a squint at the fuel tank marking. Other than that the Norton is pre-war production with combined air / brake lever clamp, I can't pin down exact year or contract.
     
  13. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Close up of the bike area.
    Keith
    bike 1.jpg bike tank.jpg [/QUOTE]

     
  14. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Thanks Keith.
    The small white block (is it a Corps bar ?) also appears on the front number plate. The sloppily routed throttle cable stops me getting a decent look at the number. It's too small I think to be a proper arm of service serial. A mystery until we find another one similar.
     
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  15. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    A few more from my collection. Last colour photo taken from slide in my collection.
    Keith
    norton bike ww2.jpg british bike ww2.jpg ww2 train crash trucks photo bikes (2) (2019_11_24 11_00_59 UTC).JPG
     
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  16. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    Could that be a Belgian roundel?
     
  17. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    A few more from from my original colour slides in my collection.
    Keith
    PICT0077 (2) (2019_03_18 14_52_08 UTC).JPG PICT0075 (2) (2018_01_13 18_51_57 UTC).JPG PICT0076 (2) (2019_01_08 13_19_49 UTC).JPG
     
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  18. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    One more original photo from my collection. Anyone ID the house area, there is info on the back of the photo, but my german is not good. aos on Bedford L4113679. 134 = 6 Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers
    Keith.
    bef 1940 aos 134 L4113679  truck bedford.photo.jpg bef 1940 aos 134 L4113679  truck bedford. back of photo..jpg
     
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  19. Nido

    Nido Member

    Well, some words are easy to be discerned, but not all, of course. The text under the place name (underlined) looks like:
    Die Reste der Britischen
    [????????] am
    [R.....] [...] der Stadt

    That is "The remnant of the British ..... on (or at/by) ... of the town.

    [????????] could be "Kolonnen", but why double "ll"? Well, don't know...
    As to the place, once again, I can not say for sure. If the first two letters are "Le", the third - "H", the forth - "a", it could give Le Havre. Pure presumption... Were the mentioned units in Le Havre?
    bef 1940 aos 134 L4113679  truck bedford. back of photo. Variant.jpg
     
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  20. Kiwi REd One

    Kiwi REd One Junior Member

    I think you are correct Nido as 6 RSF was attached to 51st Highland Division and was part of Arkforce under Brigadier Stanley-Clarke which was detached and sent to Le Harve to hold the port so the rest of the 51st Division (and any other British units) could be evacuated. However the Germans advanced too quickly for the plan to work and most of 51st Division was trapped in St Valery en Caux on 11 - 12 June 1940. Arkforce was itself sucessfully evacuated back to the UK a day or so later.
     
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