North Africa Color Photographs Part III – More American Equipment

An M3 Stuart light tank maneuvers during the battle of El Guettar, showing the fitting of an external fuel tank and stowage at the rear of the engine deck.
A rear view of the same Stewart. American tanks were renowned for their mechanical reliability, and important factor in desert warfare.
Another element of the mechanical reliability of American armored formations was the assignment of dedicated recovery and repair vehicles. This M31 was one of 200 produced using the hulls of M3 Grant tanks, and wears and interesting “scribble” camouflage and subdued yellow stars.
Hilltops provided a commanding view of the surrounding terrain.
Officers confer outside a USAAF mobile command post. Two items of interest are the tan and black camo on the Jeep and the field-applied camo on the command post which even extends to the canvas portions. (Hart Preston photograph)
This C-47 “Jupiter” appears to have suffered an airfield collision.
Liaison aircraft were used in many roles and could operate from even short areas of level ground such as roadways. (Robert Capa photograph)
A Piper Cub demonstrates its short-field capabilities. Interesting is the yellow cowling, a recognition marking normally associated with Luftwaffe aircraft in other theaters. (Robert Capa photograph)
A U.S. artillery position. The effectiveness of the overhead camouflage is questionable.
American soldiers “relaxing” with a camel ride.

Part IV here:


11 thoughts on “North Africa Color Photographs Part III – More American Equipment

  1. I’d love to see more images of that USAAF command post.
    As for the scrim and camo netting: you’d be surprised at how effective that little bit might be from up above. There’s probably just enough disruption there to break up the outline of that gun.

    Thanks for continuing to post these Jeff, they’re great!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Yes, too bad the photographer didn’t walk around the command post taking pictures! I thought the artillery position had “modeling camo”, enough to make the scene interesting but not enough to obscure the subject.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Sometimes disruption instead of obscuration is just enough.
    I remember our camouflage and infiltration course at Infantry School at Ft. Benning. This is the class where they teach you how to smear those camo sticks on your face and hands, attach foliage to your helmet cover, etc. The class was run by a guy wearing BCG’s (Birth-Control Glasses). He told us that one of us would get within arm’s reach of him before the day was out and never know it. With those BCG’s, we thought not. Well, sure enough, we’re going down a trail in the woods and he’s leaning against a tree, reaches out, and scares the bejeebers out of the guy ahead of me. He was dressed in a ghillie suit, or anything special, just BDU’s, some face paint, and he stood stock still against that tree. It was enough of a disruption to what we were accustomed or expected to see that we never saw him.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. The pictures of the Piper Cub were really cool. I had a cousin who was a Naval Artillery FO (Spotter) at the Invasion of Saipan, Tinian and Guam that flew a Piper Cub.

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s