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Mini Photo Album - WWII - Elite Sappers - The Royal Engineers - Rare Snapshot of Churchill
Egypt, 1942. Alexandria, Western Desert, 1942-1943. Album of uncommon Second World War photographs taken in Egypt by British "Sapper" in the Corps of Royal Engineers during the Western Desert Campaign, featuring a snapshot of Sir Winston Churchill, and a notable interest in German defeat. Contains 27 gelatin silver print photographs mounted with corners onto grey cardstock leaves separated with tissue guards. Oblong Royal Thirty-twomo. string-tied album measuring approximately 14,5 x 9 cm, orange cloth spine with illustrated wood boards, evidently obtained whilst in Jerusalem. Front board inscribed by the soldier/photographer, Spr. A.C. Horne. [Spr. was short for Sapper, a rank equal to private in the British Royal Army]. Photographs measure approximately 9 x 6 cm. Occasional creasing to photograph corners, otherwise in Very Good Condition. The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers (RE), and commonly known as the Sappers, is one of the corps of the British Army. It is highly regarded throughout the military, and especially the Army. During the Second World War, bomb disposal became an important and frequent task, and a majority of the so-called volunteers were brave Royal Engineers who found that they had become bomb disposers as the result of routine postings. The life expectancy of a Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Officer was but ten weeks at the height of the bombing raids. The Royal Engineers Museum is in Gillingham in Kent. A pocket-size album of memorable snapshot war scenes from the Western Desert Campaign of Egypt, from the unique perspective of a Royal Engineers sapper, the photographer had a curiosity for German engineered machinery, and appears to have been involved in the deadly duty of bomb disposing. A veritable graveyard of broken wings - from the aircraft of the German Air Force, wrecked military trucks, German aircraft and armoured cars (Panzerkampfwagen), and large British anti-aircraft guns are all the object of Horne's attention. Of particular interest, and revealing the high risk task which he most likely was required to undertake, is a close-up view of a bomb lying on the ground and not yet detonated. In addition, he manages to sneak a snapshot photograph of Sir Winston Churchill standing near a lorry in the desert and waving farewell, at HMS Glebe, the Service base at Alexandria airfield, which Churchill visited in 1943. Other images show a tent camp in the desert, men marching through a desert storm, a German military graveyard, and enemy troops surrendering at gunpoint in the Western Desert of North Africa. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, FRS (1874-1965) was a British politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War (WWII). He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as prime minister twice (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer, and an artist. To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first person to be recognised as an honorary citizen of the United States. The Cairo Conference was held in Cairo, 22-26 November 1943 at the residence of the American Ambassador to Egypt, Alexander Kirk, which was situated near the Pyramids. The meeting was attended by President of the United States Whilst in Cairo in December 1943 Winston Churchill and his daughter also visited his old regiment, the 4th Queen's Own Hussars. Together with Lieutenant General Stone, Churchill donned a colonel's uniform and inspected the troops. Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek President of the Republic of China, and other delegates, who together outlined the Allied position against Japan during World War II, and made further decisions affecting postwar Asia. The Cairo Declaration was issued on 27 November 1943, stating the Allies' intentions to continue deploying military force until Japan's unconditional surrender. From America, Gene P. Badger, photographer for the PM Daily Newspaper published in New York from 1940 to 1948, was present to photograph background scenes and US military support during conference week. Churchill also visited HMS Glebe, the Service base at Alexandria airfield, and greeted the Fleet Air Army Service officers stationed there. The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers (RE), and commonly known as the Sappers, is one of the corps of the British Army. It is highly regarded throughout the military, and especially the Army. Before the Second World War, Royal Engineers recruits were required to be at least 5 feet 4 inches tall (5 feet 2 inches for the Mounted Branch). They initially enlisted for six years with the colours and a further six years with the reserve or four years and eight years. Unlike most corps and regiments, in which the upper age limit was 25, men could enlist in the Royal Engineers up to 30 years of age. They trained at the Royal Engineers Depot in Chatham or the RE Mounted Depot at Aldershot. Today, all members of the Royal Engineers are trained combat engineers and all sappers (privates) and non-commissioned officers also have another trade. Women are eligible for all Royal Engineer specialities. The Royal Engineers Museum is in Gillingham in Kent. Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal men are unsung heroes of World War Two. Bomb disposal in World War Two is a very complex & lenghy history. The subject of unexploded bombs quickly developed into a battle between the scientists on both sides to find ever more ingenious ways to out do the foe. The men of the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal were stuck the in middle of this secret war & for many it cost them their lives. Among the men drawn in by the expansion of "Bomb Committee" were a considerable number of volunteers. A majority were simply Royal Engineers who found that they had become bomb disposers as the result of routine postings. The life expectancy of a RE Bomb Disposal officer was just ten weeks at the height of the bombing raids. All BD personnel were allowed to apply for transfer to another service after 6 months of service in bomb disposal. The Royal Engineers fought in the Battle of Alemein in July 1942, part of the Western Desert Campaign, and the turning point of the war in the desert, causing the German and Italians to push back past Tripoli. On the northern coast of Egypt, Axis forces of the Panzer Army Africa (Panzerarmee Afrika) commanded by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel fought against Allied forces of the Eighth Army, commanded by General Claude Auchinleck. The British prevented a second advance by the Axis forces into Egypt. . Very Good.
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