Valentine infantry tank of UK 23rd Armoured Brigade carrying Scottish troops of the UK 51st Highland Division in North Africa, circa mid to late-1942

Caption   Valentine infantry tank of UK 23rd Armoured Brigade carrying Scottish troops of the UK 51st Highland Division in North Africa, circa mid to late-1942 ww2dbase
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 3 Oct 2009



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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
20 Aug 2009 01:13:00 AM

Rather unusually (for a wartime photograph) the censor has not obscured the Tac sign depicted on the front hull of this tank. The Tac sign ‘67’indicates that this Valentine belonging to the third regiment in an armoured brigade (the position of the regiment within the brigade being based on seniority within the Army list). As the only formation operating Valentines in the Libya from El Alamein onwards was 23 Armoured Brigade (XXX Corps) we can speculate that this tank may well belong to A Squadron 50 RTR. 23 Brigade provided armoured support to 51 Highland Division in the capture of Tripoli(January 1943)and this may give a clue to when the photograph was taken. Tac signs were changed for the invasion of Europe. The third armoured regiment of a brigade being allocated the Tac Sign‘53’-the earlier number(probably)being allocated to a lorried infantry unit.
2. Andrew Duncanson says:
7 Jun 2010 07:23:59 PM

You are correct. The soldiers in the picture are Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, part of the 51 Highland Division. The man on the right was my father, Robert M. Duncanson.

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