Tuesday, 12 April 2016

MONAB in Australia

I found an interesting film segment on YouTube the other day.
It's a Pathe News clip showing a MONAB in Australia.
If MONAB is an unfamiliar term then maybe read these posts first.



The caption seems to suggest that 
the film is of Australian forces
 but I think they're British forces.
Anyway, at the opening of the clip 
there's some really good footage of the sort of activities 
the MONAB was involved in.


By the way, anyone who has a particular interest in 
WW2 in the Pacific will like this website:

Saturday, 27 February 2016

More new photos of Freetown in WW2

The other new photos of Freetown in WW2 I've found on WikiCommons.

By Roper, F G (Lt) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Nigerian Bandsmen Entertain British Sailors 

6 December 1942, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Men of the Royal Navy 
back from an Anti-U-boat patrol in the Atlantic, 
come ashore 
to find the band of the Royal West African Frontier Force 
playing in front of the Naval Canteen. 
The musical director is Lieutenant McEwan.

By Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
African Naval ratings march past 
His Excellency the Governor of Sierra Leone, 
Major Sir Hubert Stevenson, KCMG, OBE, MC 
who received the salute on the balcony of the Law Courts, Freetown, Sierra Leone. 
Note the large Union Flag hanging beneath the balcony. 
With the Governor are 
Vice Admiral A M Peters, CB, DSO, 
Flag Officer Commanding West Africa
Major General G G Phillips, CB, DSO, MC, 
Area Commander, Sierra Leone; 
and Air Vice Marshal R Graham, CB, CBE, DSO, DSC, DFC, 
Air Officer Commanding West Africa.

My dad wrote in his diary:


Thursday 20th January 1944

"Spent all day in redecorating the billet 
in readiness for the coming of the Admiral on Sunday.
Distempered the inside cream and green 
and really made a good job of it.

Sunday 23rd January 1944

"Great excitement 
caused by the visit of Rear Admiral Peters 
who has just taken over the West African Command."

By Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A lifeboat manned by the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy 
is in unusual surroundings 
as it rides "pick-a-pack" 
on a motor lorry in the Red Cross Parade 
at Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

The passenger in the white uniform 
towards the stern of the boat looks like my dad
 .... maybe it is and maybe it isn't!
A great photo I'm sure you'll agree,






New photos of Freetown in WW2

I've found some new photos today on Wikicommons.

By Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 

French sailor carrying fresh pineapples 

on board the submarine depot ship HMS MERCATOR 

at Freetown, Sierra Leone, August 1943.

HMS MERCATOR was a three masted barquentine 
which had been commissioned by the Royal Navy 
as a floating rest home for submarine men 
when they returned to harbour after Atlantic patrol.

This is what my dad wrote in his diary:
"The oranges' season is now well in and the crop is excellent. 
Pineapples are also in and I had my first the other day. 
They are quite juicy but rather woody.
I think I prefer the tinned variety."
20th January 1944

By Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

One of HMS MERCATOR'S signalman, 

from Sierra Leone, 

using semaphore to pass a message 

to a submarine preparing to come alongside.


By Intelligence, Freetown, Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Unloading a cargo of timber from America 

at the West African port of Freetown. 

The timber was required for new docks and harbour works.


By Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Motor Minesweper J 821 moored in Freetown harbour.

By Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Men of HMS WOLVERINE
do a "spot of dhobeying"naval slang for washing.
Washing clothes on the upper deck
during a spell in harbour at Freetown, Sierra Leone.

There isn't a great deal of information with the photos but they're an interesting collection.
I'll put the others in a separate post so the page won't take too long to load.