A scout car of the 56th Recce Regiment near the town of Randazzo, Sicily, August 1943
Photograph, World War Two, Sicily, 1943.
The car was taking a diversion and avoiding a road which had been heavily mined by the Germans. The 56th Regiment was formed on 8 January 1941 as the 56th (London) [Divisional] Battalion Reconnaissance Corps, being redesignated 56th (London) [Divisional] Regiment Reconnaissance Corps on 6 June 1942. From 1 January 1944 onwards it was part of the Royal Armoured Corps and was known as the 56th (London) Reconnaissance Regiment, RAC. The unit was attached to 78th Division between 1 September 1942 until 31 August 1945.
From a collection of British official war photographs relating to the 78th Division.
NAM Accession Number
National Army Museum, Out of Copyright
National Army Museum, Study Collection