North Africa Color Photographs Part I – A War Correspondent’s Tour of Tunisia

A series of color photographs taken by a group of War Correspondents covering the North African Campaign in Tunisia during the Spring of 1943.  Many of these photographs were published in LIFE magazine.

The Correspondents were given the use of several vehicles, including the Ford Jeeps seen in desert camo here. The halftrack carries a .50 caliber machine gun with the large magazine. The truck to the right has a Luftwaffe bomb jack in the bed.
The Jeeps pass a column of Shermans. The tanks are still in their olive drab but are covered in a thick layer of dust.
Another Sherman from the same column.
A side view of one of the Jeeps showing the U.S. star on the hood. Roman ruins in the background.
Inside the Roman amphitheater at El Jem, Tunisia. The amphitheater was built during the Second Century.
Another view of the vehicles inside the amphitheater. The camouflage color is very effective!
A street view of Tunis. Both sides made extensive use of captured vehicles, in the right foreground what appears to be a British Officer is driving an Afrika Corps Kubelwagen.
Another scene from Tunis, American vehicles carrying troops on the left and a German vehicle is parked on the right.
The street has been cleared of rubble but the damaged buildings remain.
The gates of Tripoli, unfortunately off limits.

Part II here:


12 thoughts on “North Africa Color Photographs Part I – A War Correspondent’s Tour of Tunisia

  1. Thanks Jeff, I just love the LIFE magazine series of images from the NA campaign. They’re a gold mine, and your selection just barely scratches the surface, I’d hate to be you and pick which ones to put up.
    Thanks for these.

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  2. Hi, Thanks for these nice pictures.
    I think the two town pictures with flags are in Tunis, not Algier.
    Tunisia was a Protectorate, so it had her own flag (the red one with moon and crescent on white dot), while Algeria was a complete French “departement” (administrative division like in metropolitan France) at the time. One would have seen only French flags there.

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