WW2 Colorized: Churchill III

Re-blogged from WWII Colorised Photographs

A Churchill III tank of ‘Kingforce’ during a break of conflict, the Second Battle of El Alamein, 6th November, 1942. #ChurchillTank #WW2
A crew member removes German signal wire that has become entangled in the tank wheels while the remainder of the crew load up on ammunition.

Initially six Churchill III tanks saw deployment in the North Africa Campaign as part of the Second Battle of El Alamein. They were fielded as part of an experiment to see how effectively they would perform in desert combat following their original use in the disastrous Dieppe Raid.

This detachment of Churchill tanks was known as ‘Kingforce’ and supported the 7th Motor Brigade during the almost month long conflict. The Churchill tanks proved themselves a worthy asset, their thick armour proving almost entirely impenetrable to any anti-tank gun the Germans had.

During the number of engagements over the course of the battle only a single Churchill tank was lost after it sustain in excess of 50 hits (only three of which penetrated).Of the other Churchill tanks of ‘Kingforce’, two suffered jammed turrets and another lost a track, despite this, none sustained penetrating hits and were able to be returned to service.

Needless to say, the impressive performance of ‘Kingforce’ lead to its subsequent disbandment and the delivery of an entire Tank Brigade of Churchills soon afterwards which entered combat in early 1943.

The Churchill tanks earnt themselves a fearsome reputation in North Africa and built themselves up an impressive list of achievements in the short time they were in combat there before the German surrender in North Africa in May 1943.

(Source – © IWM E 19105)

(Colourised by Joshua Barrett from the UK)


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