By Gavin Birch
A tremendous and prolific number of infrequent photos celebrating the war-winning characteristics of arguably an important tank of the second one global warfare. some of the amazing photographs have by no means been obvious prior to yet due to the writer, who has designated entry to the IWM archive they're now on hand with complete authoritative captions.
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The cinematographers and stills cameramen, many of whom gave their lives in efforts to record the war both as a diary for the army but also for us, are certainly owed due credit. 1 Army Film and Photographic (AFPU) was formed in London during 1941 as the Sherman design was being developed in North America and put into production. It originally consisted of twenty-six Sergeant cameramen, both still and movie, under the control of Major David Macdonald. Recruited to create a unit with a common aim, these men had responded to calls for troops with experience of the film industry or still photography in a professional capacity.
The twin set 19 radio equipment could provide short wave comms between tanks on the move with voice range of 1 to 5 miles, and the more powerful A set pushed voice communication further to a distance of 10 to 15 miles. British tank commanders in North Africa were also fond of flying pennants from both aerials and not just for decoration. Inter-war training had hammered home the necessity of sending semiphore, signalling by flag, and indeed the pennant sent message was a leftover from the Infantry Tanks of the Great War.
The 19 Set operated in two definitive modes requiring separate aerials which protruded from the turret. The A aerial was installed through the standard aerial socket and appears in photographs as a black rubber flexible cone, with aerial sections secured inside by wing-nut. The B aerial was secured through a small square socket to right of the bustle roof at the back of the turret. The twin set 19 radio equipment could provide short wave comms between tanks on the move with voice range of 1 to 5 miles, and the more powerful A set pushed voice communication further to a distance of 10 to 15 miles.