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ROGER SMITH'S PERSONAL WARTIME PHOTO ALBUM

Most of these photos show activities and personnel from the author's wartime unit: A Company, 24th Battalion, New Zealand Division. The photos were not taken by Roger Smith himself. Like many soldiers, Roger Smith collected prints available at the time, privately or semi-officially. Some of the captions may not be completely accurate in respect of equipment, and comments or corrections are welcome.
 

Page 1
SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND GET-TOGETHERS
24th Battalion lining up for Christmas dinner, served by the officers at Nofilia, Western Desert, 1942
A giant sandy dinner table for the Christmas repast
A Company soldiers with a captured German flag draped over their Chev three-tonner
The Count and his family near Sousse, Tunisia
Page 2
SLIT TRENCHES AND JEEPS –– NORTH AFRICA
Slit trench in an olive orchard at Enfidaville, Tunisia. Dust from mortar stonk visible.
Another view of the Enfidaville slit trenches
A Company jeep and three-tonner
Inspecting a bomb crater after the disastrous attack on A Company, shortly after the battle of Tebaga Gap, in Tunisia.
Page 3
MOSTLY MAADI, EGYPT
Billboard advertising show at the El Djem open-air theatre, Maadi Camp
El Djem - the real thing in Tunisia
Transport officer at Maadi Camp
Hospital in Palestine where Roger Smith was treated for malaria, 1942
Page 4
OUT IN THE OPEN –– MOSTLY NEAR TEBAGA GAP, TUNISIA
Aerial bombardment near Tebaga Gap, Tunisia
New Zealand Division convoy travelling between Tebaga Gap and Sousse.
NZ Division truck hit in aerial raid between Tebaga Gap and Sousse.
Captured German 88mm guns ('88s') at Mersa Matruh, Egypt
Page 5
MOSTLY IN TUNISIA
Fighting at Takrouna, Tunisia
New Zealand Division trucks passing through the Marble Arch into Tripolitania
On the coast road near Sousse, Tunisia, while returning to Cairo at the end of the North Africa campaign
Signals Platoon members from 24 Battalion stop for a cup of tea, near Tebaga Gap, Tunisia. .
Page 6
THE AUTHOR AND OTHER PEOPLE
Roger Smith training in Australia before being posted to North Africa
Roger Smith (wearing beret) and other soldiers training in New Zealand
Roger Smith with three soldier mates, in North Africa. Back row L-R: Gerry Herd, Roger Smith, Aussie Dalton. Seated: Ponga Colling
Ford V8 staff car near Sousse, Tunisia. L-R: Major Andrews, Col Jack Connelly, Roger Smith, Tom Stanley (the driver).
Page 7
ON LEAVE
On leave in Cairo at the end of the North African campaign: 8 Platoon, A Company, 24th Battalion. From left: Rajah Bain, Roger Smith (the author), Baldy Beddle, Torchy Blenerhasset.
Members of the 24th Battalion's Signals Platoon relaxing at Ezbekia Gardens, Cairo
Beach at Alexandria. Chatby Casino in the background.
Page 8
MOSTLY CAPTURED GERMAN EQUIPMENT
German truck captured at Takrouna
Destroyed German Mk4 tank
Kiwi soldiers inspect a downed P40 Kittyhawk aircraft outside Mersa Matruh
Wingless Italian fighters piled up at the Castel Benito airfield near Tripoli - possibly waiting for repair.
Page 9
MOSTLY MUNITIONS
Fine sets of Kiwi knees and Bombay Bloomers inspecting an unexploded naval shell at Enfidaville, Tunisia.
German butterfly bomb
Signposts to Tunis and Enfidaville
Page 10
ARMY BRASS
Winston Churchill meets officers of 24th Battalion at Tripoli, 4 February 1943. Far left: General Freyberg, third from left: Churchill, with Brigadier Gentry just to his right. Second from right: Connelly, right: Ted Aked.
General 'Tiny' Freyberg presents the MC to Captain Ted Aked, A Company, 24th Battalion.
Field Marshal Montgomery (third from left) confers with New Zealand Division officers, possibly near Ben Gardane
Page 11
24TH BATTALION LEAVES NORTH AFRICA FOR ITALY
A Company troops on eight-day march from Cairo to Alexandria, shortly before moving to Italy.
A Company near Alexandria, ready to embark for Italy
Three 24th Battalion officers waiting at Alexandria for transport to Italy. Left: Capt Ramsay, centre: Capt Peter Martin, right: Capt Ted Aked
Page 12
WAR GRAVES
Temporary graves for the five soldiers in 'Up the Blue' who were killed by a land mine beside the Sangro River, Italy
Temporary cemetery for Kiwi troops killed at Cassino
German cemetery at Tripoli
Kiwi troops burying the German dead after the battle of Tebaga Gap, North Africa
Page 13
24TH BATTALION IN ITALY –– 1
Men from A Company, 24th Battalion, outside the cookhouse at Trocchio
8 Platoon, A Company, at Trocchio (The author was a member of this platoon, first as a private, and later as sergeant.)
General 'Tiny' Freyberg reviews the 24th Battalion shortly before it joined the conflict in Cassino
New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser with Kiwi troops in the Volturno Valley near Cassino, May 1944
Page 14
24TH BATTALION IN ITALY –– 2
Setting up camp in a rainstorm, near Taranto
Men from 24th Battalion clearing stones from the ground to make a rugby field Alife
Castel Frantano
Cassino rubble
Page 15
CASSIN0 –– 1
Devastation at Cassino
Ditto
Destroyed Sherman tank at Cassino. Ruined castle on top of the hill in the background.
Another wrecked Sherman tank amid the Cassino rubble
Page 16
CASSIN0
–– 2
Meeting of officers just before the NZ Division's 26th Battalion entered Cassino. Far left: Lt Jack Woodhouse. Third from left Major  Turnbull, CO of B Company; right: Capt Sam Scofield, temporary CO of A Company
Gate which had to be dug open to release trapped Kiwi soldiers, Cassino
Cassino Monastery after the bombing
Destroyed forest Cassino Monastery in background

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