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Africa Gazala 1942

The Battle of Gazala was an important battle of the Second World War Western Desert Campaign, fought around the port of Tobruk in Libya from 26 May-21 June 1942. The combatants on the Axis side were the Panzer Army Afrika, consisting of German and Italian units and commanded by the "Desert Fox" Colonel-General Erwin Rommel; the Allied forces were the Eighth Army, commanded by Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie under the close supervision of the Commander-in-Chief Middle East, General Sir Claude Auchinleck.

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BHC 000200 RTR preparing for battle in Gazala 1942

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The crew of the Crusader tank 'Cynig' wait for the order to move forwards and into battle. The tank is probably from the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment of the 4th Armoured Brigade, as all of the regiment's tanks ...

BHC 000200 RTR preparing for battle in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000201 Rommel in Gazala 1942

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The commander of Panzerarmee Afrika in his personal command 5dKfz 250/3 car 'Grief'. Rommel was renowned for roaming the battlefield seeking out his junior commanders in the field to find out what was ...

BHC 000201 Rommel in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000202 The Knightsbridge Box

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The Knightsbridge defended 'box' in the heart of the desert near the junction of the Trig Capuzzo and the track from Acromato Bir Hacheim. The location is no more than a map reference in an area devoid ...

BHC 000202 The Knightsbridge Box

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BHC 000203 Lt Gen Norrie in Gazala 1942

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Lt General Norrie, Commander British XXX Corps (left) studies a map with his ADC. The fact that the armour of XXX Corps did not perform well during the Gazala battles was not solely a result of the inferiority ...

BHC 000203 Lt Gen Norrie in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000204 A German Artillery OP in Gazala 1942

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A well camoflauged German Forward Artillery Observer Post close to the British lines before the start of the Gazala battle

BHC 000204 A German Artillery OP in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000205 A German Post truck and Half Truck in Gazala 1942

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A small Volkswagon Kubelwagen is dwarfed by a passing SdKHz 7 half-truck. The license plate of the Kubelwagen shows that it belongs to the Feldpost and its driver is probably delivering letters from home ...

BHC 000205 A German Post truck and Half Truck in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000206 Legionnaires training in the desert in Gazala 1942

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Legionnaires from Gen de brig Koenig's garrison at Bir Hacheim training in the desert

BHC 000206 Legionnaires training in the desert in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000207 A water filter being used in Gazala 1942

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A soldier recycles some dirty water using a primitive filter. Unclean water was poured into the top of the empty cans and then descended through layers of sand and small stones to emerge at the bottom, ...

BHC 000207 A water filter being used in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000211 A squadron of Grants head for the Cauldron in Gazala 1942

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A squadron of Grants from one of Eighth Army's armoured regiments sweep across the desert in battle order on the 8 June 1942 during an attack on the Cauldron.

BHC 000211 A squadron of Grants head for the Cauldron in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000212 General Auchinleck observing a Grant in action in Gazala 1942

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General Auchinleck (standing) and other senior officers watch a newly arrived Grant tank demonstrate the accuracy of its sponson-mounted main 75mm gun.

BHC 000212 General Auchinleck observing a Grant in action in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000213 A German 105mm Howitzer in Gazala 1942

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A German 105mm artillery gun, the army's standard light field howitzer in action against British Eighth Army positions during the Gazala battle.

BHC 000213 A German 105mm Howitzer in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000214 A German 88mm in use in Gazala 1942

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A German 88mm gun with an Italian Crew being used as a long range artillery piece.

BHC 000214 A German 88mm in use in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000215 A German PzKpfw in Gazala 1942

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A PzKpfw III Ausf. H of the Afrika Korps advances through soft sand on the way up to the front line. The PzKpfw III, shown here with a 5cm main gun, was the most numerous battle tank in Rommel's armoured ...

BHC 000215 A German PzKpfw in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000216 An Australian 6 pdr anti-tank gun in Gazala 1942

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A 6-pdr anti-tank gun being fired by an Australian crew during a training session in Egypt.

BHC 000216 An Australian 6 pdr anti-tank gun in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000217 A British 3 inch mortar crew in Gazala 1942

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A posed image of a 3in. mortar crew in their firing positions in the desert

BHC 000217 A British 3 inch mortar crew in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000219 General Ramsden in Gazala 1942

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Major General William Ramsden, Commander British 50th Division, in conversation with journalists. Ramsden had commanded 25th Brigade in France in 1940 and after the Gazala battle took over XXX Corps from ...

BHC 000219 General Ramsden in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000220 Lieutenant-General Norrie in Gazala 1942

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Lieutenant-General Norrie (left) Commander XXX Corps talks to a French officer.

BHC 000220 Lieutenant-General Norrie in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000222 A German Flak Battery in Gazala 1942

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A German Luftwaffe Flak battery moving forwards. The SdKfz 7 half-track is acting as a prime mover, towing an 88mm anti-aircraft gun.

BHC 000222 A German Flak Battery in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000223 A British ambulance crew in Gazala 1942

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A convoy of Austin field ambulances of the RAMC stop formedical staff to give aid to a wounded serviceman close to his burning vehicle in what is probably a staged propaganda photograph.

BHC 000223 A British ambulance crew in Gazala 1942

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BHC 000224 Germans inspecting a Crusader tank in Gazala 1942

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German troops inspect a captured A13 Cruiser tank knocked out during one of the Gazala battles.

BHC 000224 Germans inspecting a Crusader tank in Gazala 1942

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