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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Killing Machine: 1942

Killing Machine: 1942

June 1942. Army tank driver at Fort Knox, Kentucky. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

The Tank

Based on the shape of the driver's observation port (or whatever it's called) this is probably an M3 Medium - known to the British as the General Lee type. To our left, the driver's right is the sponson for the tank's main armament, a 75 mm hull mounted gun. Above him is a 37 mm turret mounted gun. The British disliked the height of the turret on this tank, and replaced the turret with a lower profile one to make a type they called the General Grant. The Russians, who got 1,300 via Lend-Lease, called them the "coffin for seven brothers." The Grant/Lee type were withdrawn from combat in Europe by mid-1943 but continued to operate in the China-Burma-India theater of the Pacific war until V-J Day

Tank Driver

His face is so sharp and clear, I can't stop looking at him - I think I'm in love. I wonder who he was?

 
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