Ah that one , cheers
Ah that one , cheers
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
Those are great pictures, I also like the mess tins and things hanging in the cab of the Morris, little details like that give you a taste of the lives and personalities of the people who crew a vehicle.
I grew up around lorries, and often found that even amongst vehicles in a fleet that are outwardly identical, no two interiors were ever completely alike, with all the little personalisations, storage arrangements and additions and accoutrements that drivers liked to add to make their jobs a little easier and their environments a little more comfortable.
Regards the spliit bonnet, yes that was a fairly common arrangement on 'conventional' layout commercial vehicles (i.e. with the engine in front of the cab under a bonnet, rather than a 'cabover' or 'forward control' layout with the engine underneath the cabin, separated by a metal 'hump'.) of the time, it's even fairly common on cars and vans of the time, as you say it was meant for ease of maintenance, the bonnet sides often lifted up or removed entirely too, to allow total access to one side of the engine. For more extensive jobs, like complete engine removal, the entire bonnet, with the central spine it was hinged on, could be removed. It was also common, in hotter climates or on engines prone to overheating, to remove the bonnet sides permanantly and drive around with only the top parts on, which post-war became a fashionable way for pre-war built hot rods and custom cars to run.
Love the pics!!!! I collect SS photos. I am looking for Camo smock photos right now. If ya have any photos ya wanna sell, let me know. Once again, great pics !!!
I had some, but I traded them for blank weapons long time ago.
I still have a photo-album of this soldier and some single pics.
Also some documents and some of his decorations.
The veteran gave me all these stuff before his death and Iīll keep this things.
Itīs only a studio-portrait, but I like it.
Interesting the "white band" on the sleeve and the camo of the helmet-cover.
Grandpa told me, this pic was taken to be an inspiring example for a propaganda-painting.
He also told me, he didnīt like this "acting" and "posing" in the photo-studio !
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AMAZING !!!!! I love it !!!!! Thanks for posting and allowing me to see such a great picture !!!! ......... if ya ever want to sell it, please consider me first. Thanks again for posting !