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

    Dunkirk 1940. Part 2. Inland France & Belgium. Original wartime photos taken by German troops, some photos/negatives never seen before. From my photo collection.
    Copyright Keith Brooker Collection 2018
    Part 3 to come.

    Last edited: Jan 23, 2018
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Keith

    Still seems to be a minor problem with sound - interesting to have WSC commenting from the 'other hand point of view'

  3. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Unbelievable pictures.
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  4. idler

    idler GeneralList

    The Valentine at 8:44 was a bit of surprise!
  5. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Just testing. It entered service from July 1941 :banghead::peepwalla:
  6. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Thanks for posting these up. I especially liked the one of the soldier wearing the tin hat ;-)
  7. idler

    idler GeneralList

    So did I pass??
  8. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Great pics indeed. Some unusual ones - a Morris 15cwt office truck at 11.02. Can anyone identify the truck at 7.56, or work out what was the purpose of the truck at 10.15.
  9. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Yes, Top of the class. :cheers:
  10. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    I think it could be a Albion BY1 with GS body, at 7.56. The guy smoking , " said i just asked for one driver, not who could be first in". The Morris Commercial at 10.15 is a CDSW tractor to tow a AA 40mm Bofors gun, You can see the lockers on the side . Photo taken from one of my original negatives.

    Last photo with a German with a British tin hat and a Morris CS8
    Ex british captured truck 1940 bef.jpg morris cdsw ammo truck.jpg morris wh (2).jpg
  11. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Morris 15cwt office truck at 11.02
    morris radio truck.jpg
  12. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Here is a still from a Pathe film of the CDSW. tractor to towing a AA 40mm Bofors gun.
    The BEF In Belgium (1940).png
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  13. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Part 3 Soon. Beach, Trucks, POWs RAF, KIA not to sure about the last one, but want to show War is not a game.
    kia 1940 by roadside.jpg
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  14. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Great photos thanks for posting videos Keith , quite a few AOS numbers there I haven't seen /noticed before .
  15. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Could be! The mudguard looks a bit strange, but it is certainly the nearest of all those 6x4s. I failed to notice the (missing) rear wheel on the CDSW, so was expecting a 4 wheeler!
  16. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    The mudguard is bent in a little.
  17. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Some more Original wartime photos from my collection.
    dunkirk area trucks.jpg road to dunkirk 1940 bef veh close up.jpg road to dunkirk 1940 bef.jpg road to dunkirk 1940 bef veh.jpg
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  18. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

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  19. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Some more Original wartime photos from my collection. Germans taking British petrol in cans from a train and filling up there jerry cans . Photo taken in the area of Abbeville 1940.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The flimsy, officially known as the Petrol, Oil and Water can, was a World War II petrol container used by the British Army. They held 4 imperial gallons (18 l; 4.8 US gal) of fuel, which allowed them to be moved by a single person.

    The flimsy was well known for leaking; when used in the North African Campaign, some flimsies leaked 20%, and in some cases over 50% of the fuel they carried over a journey. One quartermaster reported that his 70,000 imperial gallons (320,000 l; 84,000 US gal) of fuel had been reduced to just 30,000 over the journey - and was informed that even this was a "good effort".

    The problem with the containers was the crimped or soldered seams, which easily split during transportation, especially over the rocky desert terrain in North Africa. Containers were stacked on top of each other during shipping, and the upper layers crushed those below, resulting in fuel flowing freely in the bilges, with the resulting poisoning and fire risks.

    The favoured use by soldiers for the flimsy was as a small stove which could be used to heat meals and tea for the crews. A soldier would cut the flimsy in half, fill the bottom half with petrol-soaked sand and balance the other half on top, filled with water. This was known as a Benghazi Boiler or Benghazi Burner, after the embattled town of Benghazi.

    Both 4 gallon flimsies and the original 2 gallon cans were replaced by the jerrycan, copied from the much better German design of fuel container.
    1940 bef train petrol dump.jpg bef 1940 train petrol dump.jpg
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  20. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    More Original wartime photos from my collection.
    1st photo of british trucks left by the BEF.
    2nd photo is of germans useing a captured french truck to pull trucks back on to the road.

    dunkirk area trucks bef (2019_01_08 13_19_49 UTC).jpg dunkirk area 1940 trucks (2019_01_08 13_19_49 UTC).jpg

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