WW2 colour: Jan 1945. Soldiers of US 7th Armored Division move through the remains of a Belgium village (possibly St. Vith) in Ardennes.
A stunning image. Hard to image the hell that must have proceeded it.
1943 WW2 Omega 30T2 RAF Spitfire Pilot/Navigator Watch. Blued Steel Hands. British Air Ministry Issue
1944 WW2 Omega British Army Officers Watches. Swiss made 30T2 hand-wound movement. MOD Broadarrow Military insignia. Stainless steel case
Grenson ‘FRED’ wingtip boot with Goodyear ‘commando’ sole.
Ben Sherman Harrington. Stand-up button collar, Gingham lining, Raglan sleeves, slim fit.
Jan 24 1945. Battle of the Bulge. A US mortar team dug in a frozen foxhole near St. Vith, Belgium- a critical road and rail crossing defended and recaptured by 7th Armored Division.
MMT CALENDAR contemporary pocket watch. Stainless steel. Walnut. Leather. 50mm
WWII in Colour. Dec 20th 1944. American Sherman M4 Tank moves past another which has slid of the icy track during the push to halt advancing German troops.
Photo: ©Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
WWII in colour
WWII in colour.
England July 1944. Crewmembers of B-17G “I’ll Get By” Flying Fortress in Wilys Jeep. 412th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.
Shot down August 2,1944, all but three were killed. Plane was hit by flak, knocking off the wing tip. The plane veered to left, caught fire, then exploded.
WWII in colour
June 1945. US 101st Airborne Division, 327th Glider Infantry, pausing to take photographs from Wilys Jeep in the Bavarian Alps, Berchtesgaden, Germany.
The Jeep Coat Made in Manchester, England by Private White V.C. 100% cotton drill woven in Lancashire with a shearling fur collar and internal fleece lining, military grade copper hardware and British made combat buttons.
The iconic Norton Commando was designed by a small team of British engineers with a small budget, limited resources and an outdated engine in under a year.
In 1966 the Villiers company bought Norton from AMC, hired the engineers Dr Stefan Bauer (of Rolls Royce), John Favill, Bernard Hooper, Bob Trigg, and gave them the deadline of the 1967 Earls Court Motor Show to have an all-new bike ready to show to the world.
The Commando took the MCN “Machine of the Year” award for 5 successive years 1968-1972.
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupé by Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi, who created some of the most beautifully curveacious aerodynamic motor cars of the mid-20th century. Only 6 cars of these models were ever built and only 3 survive. Designed from the outset as a competition capable machine, it has race-spec 4-speed manual transmission, low-mounted engine, an oil cooler mounted below the radiator and a fuel tank with dual fillers.
On the set of Paths of Glory 1959 with Mr Douglas, Mr Kubrick and Mrs Kubrick-to-be
Adapted by Stanley Kubrick from Humprey Cobb’s 1935 novel, Paths of Glory re-tells the true story of five innocent French soldiers executed for cowardice and mutiny on the Western Front during World War I, the men having been selected at random (like the Roman military act of decimation where every tenth man in a cohort was selected and killed as a punishment for the whole ).
Shot near Munich, the controvercial anti-war film was banned on release in France, Germany and Spain. Kirk Douglas only appeared in the lead role when a planned Broadway play that would have clashed with filming didn’t go ahead.
Kubrick more than lived up to his perfectionist reputation: he shot 68 takes of the doomed men’s “last meal” scene. A new roast duck supper had to be prepared by the caterer for almost every take. Kubrick was determined to make the film as authentic as possible, and for the climactic battle sequence a 5,000 square yard pasture was rented from a German farmer. After paying for the crops he would have raised there, the production team moved in with eight cranes and up to 60 crew members worked around the clock for three weeks to create trenches, shell holes and the rough, muddy terrain of a battleground. More than a ton of explosives were ignited in the first week of filming alone.
For Kubrick, Paths of Glory turned out to be his path to matrimony, for he married German actress Susanne Christian, who played the girl whose singing moved the French troops to tears, and they stayed together for 47 years until his death in 1999. Via cinephilearchive:
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