The Matilda on a railway bogie.
A turret-less Matilda, converted by the Germans in the desert war. It was a war of repairing scrap and all sides were employed in it.
The recapture of a British Matilda, captured previously by the Germans somewhere in North Africa 1942. The German facing the camera seems to be smiling perhaps he realized he had survived it all.
Camouflage in the factory dressing up a tank to look like a truck.
I personally always like the look of this tank.
THE U. S. S. R
Regards from the girls who painted the tanks at the factory.
The Matilda Tank used by the Russians in 1942.
A Matilda tank upside down in the snow a poor quality picture but one I just had to include.
There is another likewise in the same position in the snow. Perhaps they fell from a moving train?
This caught my imagination good and proper and so onward went the search for more photographs of that time period. It must be mentioned that the Matilda Tank was not at all liked by those soldiers who served time in using them,but Russia,needed arms badly and Britain diverted these tanks to help the Russians combat the Germans at that time. Britain was still engaged in a slogging match fighting the Germans and Italian forces in North Africa when the decisions were made to load ships up with vital war supplies for an Allie few put trust in. It was a hard call for the British Government to make,and much of the information of those days and decisions made are still under raps in Official Secrets sealed up tight.
The great loss involving merchant shipping and fighting ships and the men who served on them was an icy reality! Very few survived from sinking`s caused by German U Boats, Surface ships and Aircraft attacks. Many a Convoy never overly protected even though U boats had been tracked via the ongoing British Secret Programme ULTRA! That remained secret until 1975.
So here is a Russian train being unloaded and the Matilda`s would be very sort lived. Britain and Allies from her Commonwealth could have used these in the desert war that`s for sure. Another sure thing was that these tanks were never designed for winter warfare in Russia. They constantly broke down,but soldiers serve with the arms given them and they had no say upon such matters.
A RUSSIAN TRAIN
The unloading captured in pictures for the benefit of others playing the propaganda war.
A hurried snap taken captures this moment in time. It appears that they are under heavy enemy fire.
So as these frozen in time pictures show the Russian advance i draw this item to a close. BB