Sub-Conductor Mayland, Royal Army Service Corps, preparing rations in the desert, 1941
Photograph by Major Wilfred Herbert James Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), World War Two, North Africa, 1941.
A sub-conductor was a warrant officer class one. Mayland would have been responsible for the transport of supplies and ammunition to the armoured units his men served with. He is using a No 3 double burner stove in front of a 15-cwt truck painted in the discontinued Caunter camouflage pattern. The rations displayed to the left of the stove include a can of 'Pet Evaporated Milk' and a pack of 'Arnott's Famous Biscuits'.
The photograph was probably taken soon after the return of a number of soldiers from the Echelon elements of 3rd and 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) were temporarily captured by the Germans during Operation CRUSADER in November 1941.
From an album containing 199 photographs compiled by Major Wilfred Herbert James Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).
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