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New Zealand soldier Jim Dempsey, Helwan Camp, Egypt, 1941

Reference Number: DA-00760-F

New Zealand soldier Jim Dempsey from Bren Carrier Platoon, 24 Battalion, at Helwan Camp, Egypt, in 1941. He holds ammunition and a Vickers gun. Photographer unidentified.Note on back of file print reads : Jim Dempsey picked up a Vickers gun in Greece and managed to bring it off with him when he was evacuated. In spite of difficulties the carrier platoon retained possession of this gun until it was lost in action in November 1941. It was used to good effect at Sidi Resegh. The well known photograph reproduced on the back cover of the official survey "Campaign in Greece" shows Demsey with his gun. The belts of ammunition hanging over his shoulders were recuited for the purposes of the photograph and are Browning, not Vickers ammunition. The photograph was taken in Helwan Camp shortlty after the evacuation from Greece." Information from Sgt Jim McDonald (then section commander No 1 Sec bren Carrier Platoon 24 NZ Bn).

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1 image, categorised under Portraits, related to Jim Dempsey, New Zealand Army 2nd NZEF 24 Battalion, Helwan, New Zealand. Army - Military life, Ammunition, World War, 1939-1945 - Military personnel, Soldiers - Egypt, Firearms and Military weapons.

Part of:
World War 1939-1945 official negatives - DA Series, Reference Number PAColl-4161-08 (1313 digitised items)
New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency, Reference Number PAColl-4161 (2071 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s)Film negative. Vertical imageSingle negative

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures350. World War II. Armaments. 1941(PFP-023921)

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