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Image captured by Major Geoffrey Keating, No. 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit
MONTY IN THE WESTERN DESERT" - a 5 November 1942 Second World War image of then-General Bernard Law Montgomery in the turret of his Grant command tank at El Alamein, originally captured by a member of the Army's Film & Photographic Unit and signed and dated by Montgomery on 22 May 1972
Copyright Camera Press Ltd., London, 1942. This signed photograph shows then-Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery "in the turret of his Grant command tank at El Alamein, 5 November 1942." (Imperial War Museum) This image is signed and dated in two lines of blue ink at the upper left "Montgomery of Alamein | 22-5-72". First used in North Africa in 1942, Grant tanks earned the nickname "Egypt’s last hope" in the defensive victory at Alam Halfa, Montgomery’s first in command of the Eighth Army. The print measures 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm). The verso bears the ink stamp copyright of "Camera Press Ltd." of London. The original, typed Camera Press caption is titled "World Famous Soldier to Retire: MONTY IN THE WESTERN DESERT" and reads "This picture shows General Sir Bernard Montgomery, as he was in 1942, watching the progress of the famous battle of El Alamein – turning point in the struggle for North Africa. Note the black beret with its two badges." Camera Press parenthetically credits "IWM" at the end of the caption and IWM holds this image in its archives, attributing the photograph to Major Geoffrey Keating of the No. 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Condition of the image is very good, the image distinct and unfaded with trivial wear confined to extremities and minimal surface scratches visible only under raking light. This photograph is housed in a removable, archival mylar sleeve within a rigid, crimson cloth folder. Nearly two and a half millennia after Thucydides discussed the unpredictable role of chance in war, Bernard Law Montgomery (1886-1976) and the Eighth … [Click Below for Full Description]
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