Original post cards sold immediately after WWII in Europe

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Original post cards sold immediately after WWII in Europe

Post by YLG80 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:27 am

I've found these original postcards in the family archives.
The photo postcards are from the well know collection printed by Tuck, Raphael Tuck and Son's (UK).
These postcards were printed out for the French and Belgian market, in French on the verso.

That was an important collection because people, after years of censorship, had no pictures of the liberators.
They only knew the names thanks to the BBC radio (prohibited and jammed) but they could not transpose the names into images in their mind.

Anthony Eden , British Minister of the Foreign Affairs during WWII.
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The well know General Patton . That picture was likely taken in the early day's of the tanks in the U.S. army.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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On top of these photos, people were in need to make fun of the former Nazis occupant after the Liberation.
The next postcards were produced by a Belgian company immediately after the Liberation.
The captions were printed in 3 different languages.
Printed in colors, at the time!!
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Re: Original post cards sold immediately after WWII in Europe

Post by YLG80 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:38 am

Tuck's postcards (cont'd)
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In reality, General Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith and not Biddle Smith :lol:
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Post by YLG80 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:40 am

The verso of these postcards
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Re: Original post cards sold immediately after WWII in Europe

Post by Fernmelder » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:27 am

Yves,
That photo of Patton was taken in the California desert. There was established a training facility preparing men for the invasion of North Africa and elsewhere. Some of the other members here will probably be able to identify the unit, based on the markings and placard in the background. Patton appears to be holding a compass

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Post by YLG80 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:14 am

I was also curious to know more about that photo, but I've found another information putting the photo in the Google image search engine.
It landed on the Encyclopedia Britannica and the NARA web sites:
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The caption is really surprising on the Encyclopedia Britanica:
"Patton, George, U.S. Gen. George Patton standing to the side of an M2 medium tank in Tunisia, 1942. National Archives, Washington, D.C."

To me, that's unbelievable to have Patton with that obsolete tank in Africa in 1942.
I believe they were already equipped with the Shermans.

I think you are right with the maneuvers in California.
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Re: Original post cards sold immediately after WWII in Europe

Post by Fernmelder » Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:09 am

Unfortunately, with time lots of detail is forgotten. This book is closer to home, having been published "back in the day":

https://archives.library.illinois.edu/e ... rticle.pdf

As well, this tank sports the insignia of the first armoured corps, mentioned in the publication above, and indicates Patton's presence there between April and August of 1942. Note also that his sidearm (pistol) isn't the 357 pearl-handled weapon he is most associated with - probably due to the dusty conditions of the environment.

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Post by YLG80 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:56 am

That's really an interesting book. Thanks.
They confirm that Patton moved to North Africa in October 1942 after the disaster of Kasserine.
He took over L.R. Fredendall position
The British army had a few M2 but they quickly cancelled the orders.
The US army has never engaged an M2 in the African theater and of course in the ETO later on.
So that photo was most likely taken in California before October 1942.
The M2 was used as a training tank over there.
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Re: Original post cards sold immediately after WWII in Europe

Post by Fernmelder » Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:03 pm

The book is indeed interesting.
You do have to look closely, as the training area was in a constant state of improvement during its three year existence. Some photos show Bantam jeeps, the early halftrack-based 75mm gun motor carriage, and troops with the WWI pattern helmet even.

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