A captured 88 mm in Happy Valley, 1942 (c)
Photograph by Major Wilfred Herbert James Sale, MC, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), World War Two, North Africa, 1942 (c).
Members of 3rd County of London Yeomanry, named as Ronnie Mutton, Tommy Elkins, Tommy Thomson, Geof Fiske, Norrie and Aitkin, pose by a knocked out German 88 mm gun. During the early phase of the North African campaign dug-in 88's destroyed many Allied tanks and other armoured vehicles that could not match its range of fire. As the campaign wore on however, the 8th Army eventually learned to co-ordinate their heavy artillery with their ground advances, destroying the relatively immobile 88s in their emplacements once they revealed their positions.
From an album of 183 photographs compiled by Major W H J Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).
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