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A Jeep on Rails at the Australian War Memorial

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UPDATE: Thanks to Leigh for sharing some photos from his visit to the Australian War Memorial:

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Original Post (03/19/.2011) Greg’s found these image at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia. A little more research yielded a few stories and additional pics at the Australians-at-War websiteYou can see other Jeeps on rails used in Australia at G503.com.

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Australian War Memorial Images

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Marc spotted some more Australian War Memorial images. These are all public domain images.

1) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/014793/

1943-05-05. NEW GUINEA. THIS PHOTO SHOWS TALKIE EQUIPMENT BEING FITTED INTO A JEEP WHICH CAN GET TO AREAS WHERE BIGGER UNITS CANNOT. (NEGATIVE BY BROWN & BAGNALL).

National Collection2) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/063079/

SOUTHPORT, QLD. 1944-01-13. A JEEP OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE, FITTED WITH PETROL DRUM FLOATS NEGOTIATING THE NERANG RIVER. SHOWN ARE: SX28155 SAPPER R. D. SYMONS (1); SX20700 LANCE CORPORAL D. C. HOLLAND (2).

National Collection3) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/061672/

PALANKO, NEW GUINEA. 1943-12. TROOPS OF THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE RIGGING UP A FRAMEWORK SO THAT THEY CAN HAUL A CRASHED JEEP BACK ON TO THE ROAD.

Australian-War-Image-saving-jeep4) http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/068818/

NORTH OF CAIRNS, QLD. 1944-08-24. CLOSE UP OF A JEEP CAPSTAN ATTACHMENT WHICH WAS USED TO ASSIST THE JEEP UP A STEEP SANDY SLOPE.

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4 ‘Santa’ Images from the Australian War Memorial

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This is a little convoluted to follow, but from Pul.se, via Photography News website, and courtesy of the Australian War Memorial come these four photographs that capture Santas, Christmas, the Holidays and Jeeps.  Ok, technically I only found 2 of the photos through Pul.se, but once i found those two I thought there would be more.

1. This photo is from Japan

ITSUKUSHIMA, JAPAN. 1946-12-20. DURING THE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY 116TH AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTION DEPOT, BCOF, AT MIYAJIMA SCHOOL SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES BY JEEP. ON THE FRONT OF THE JEEP, INSCRIBED IN JAPANESE, ARE THE WORDS “MERRY CHRISTMAS”. LEFT TO RIGHT: VX150376 DRIVER A. R. DAVIS, EUROA, VIC (1); SX34345 PRIVATE M. P. BURGESS, NORWOOD, SA (2); NX196391 PRIVATE C. R. ANSELL, WILLOUGHBY, NSW (3).

2. Here is a photo from New Guinea

Ramu Valley, New Guinea. 1943-12-25. NX103434 Captain F. D. Smith, dressed as Father Christmas, arriving at one of the wards of the main dressing station, 2/6th Australian Field Ambulance, in a jungle cart (Thompson Stretcher), drawn by a jeep, to distribute Christmas presents to the patients. Identified personnel are: SX28258 Private E. J. Cummings (2); TX5952 Private R. G. Viney (6), and Corporal R. Roessler (7).

3. This image is from Korea

Santa Claus arrives at the Christmas party given by the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), to two hundred Korean children from villages near the Gallipoli camp. Santa found some straggling guests on the way to the party and gave them a lift in his sleigh, the fire chief’s bright red jeep. An unidentified soldier is sitting in the back of the jeep with the children.

4. Here is another image from Korea

Unidentified members of either the 2nd or 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR or 3RAR), gather at a jeep which has carried Santa Claus to their camp in Korea. The jeep has been decorated with branches of Christmas (pine) tree and has two large loudspeakers attached to the front.

 
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Jeeps on their Sides — Australian War Memorial

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Warren alerted me to the Australian War Memorial Online and found these images of jeeps on their sides.

There are more tipped jeeps here and here.

 
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Mobile Cinema Units of the Australian Army

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Warren alerted me to a whole pile of war time Jeep images at the Australian War Memorial Online.  I thought the Mobile Cinema Unit was an unusual group, so here are some images.  Click on the images for additional information from Australia. (See some jeeps on their side, here)

“BRISBANE, QLD. 1943-09. JEEPS OF THE 84TH MOBILE CINEMA UNIT AND THE 85TH MOBILE CINEMA UNIT OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY AMENITIES SERVICE AT THE LAND HEADQUARTERS WHICH IS SITUATED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF BRISBANE AT ST. LUCIA. THIS PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS THE PROJECTOR, PROJECTOR TABLE AND SOUND EQUIPMENT OF THE 84TH MOBILE CINEMA UNIT STACKED BESIDE THE UNIT JEEP WHILE THE JEEP OF THE 85TH MOBILE CINEMA UNIT IS SHOWN FULLY LOADED.”