WORLD WAR TWO: Royal Air Force, Middle East Forces: Photograph Album 1941-1945.
Category: Second World Wr
Small souvenir album with covers fashioned from olive wood with bevelled edges and a coloured design of the The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem on the front board and the word 'Jerusalem' on the back board. 28cm by 20cm, 32pp, c190 photographs, most with annotated descriptions and dates. A comprehensive record of Batty's war service in the North African desert. The photographs range over many locations and subjects, starting in Cyrenaica. There was heavy fighting in Cyrenaica between the Allies and the Italian Army and the Afrika Korps. In late 1942, the British overran the region and the album records the aftermath of battle and local topography. The entry of Benghazi is photographed following its recapture in November 1942. There follows a detailed study of forces landing in Sinai for salvage operations, this sections also includes RAF planes taking off on missions and American bombers on their way to bomb the Ploesti oilfields. The following sections records periods of leave in Cairo, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, included are images of the Church of the Nativity, Mt of Olives, The Wailing Wall, The Garden of Gethsemane etc. There are some particularly interesting street scenes - "mother of pearl workers - typical of Bethlehem since the Crusades." A nice album in fine condition, together with a RAF Service and Release Book for John Batty.