By Charles Glass
Whilst the German military marched into Paris on June 14, 1940, nearly 5,000 american citizens remained in Paris. they'd refused or been not able to depart for plenty of assorted purposes; their activities throughout the process the German career might end up to be simply as diversified. Glass interweaves the studies of a few of the people who belonged to this targeted colony of yankee expatriates dwelling in Paris. one of the tales highlighted are these of Charles Bedaux, an American millionaire made up our minds to hold on together with his enterprise affairs as ordinary; Sylvia seashore, proprietor of the recognized English-language bookstall Shakespeare & corporation; Clara Longworth de Chambrun, patroness of the yankee Library in Paris and distantly on the topic of FDR; and Dr. Sumner Jackson, the yank Hospital’s leader general practitioner. those interesting stories replicate the advanced community of choices—passive compromise, outright collaboration, sufferer retreat, and energetic resistance—that existed for americans stuck within the German internet.
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The markings follow the British pattern with the usual Royal Artillery marking identifying the vehicle as the 3rd Gun, 1st Battery, A Troop on both the front and sides. Likewise the arm-of-service marking is in the usual Royal Artillery fashion (74 blue/red); it was carried on the lower left side of the fighting compartment and on the rear. The divisional insignia, the Polish winged hussar emblem, was also carried on the front and rear and is shown in the inset drawings both in detail and on the lower right corner of the front of the fighting compartment.
The markings are quite simple and consist of a census number and vehicle name on the hull side. The 18th Field Regiment does not appear to have used the usual Royal Artillery battery markings. The Fourteenth Army insignia was carried on the center of the front transmission housing and on the left rear corner of the hull and is shown here in detail in the inset drawing. 2: M7 105MM HMC, CANNON COMPANY, 383RD INFANTRY, 96TH DIVISION, OKINAWA, MAY 1945 This M7 105mm HMC is in the usual overall olive drab with the vehicle name “Waddlin’ Willie” on the hull side along with a cartoon of a gun-packing turtle painted above it by the crew.
This is a cannon company, probably from the 27th Division, exercising with infantry on Espirito Santo in the New Hebrides on December 1944. (NARA) M7 105mm HMC in the Pacific The M7 105mm HMC saw very little service with the US Army in the Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) until late in 1944. Since no armored divisions were deployed to the Pacific theater, only three AFAB served there, all nondivisional corps-support battalions which fought in the Philippines campaigns in 1944–45. Several infantry divisions taking part in the Philippines campaign retained M7 105mm HMC in their cannon companies in spite of the 1943 TO&E changes.