New Zealand soldier with an Italian thermos bomb, Egypt, during World War 2, [between 1939-1945]
Reference Number: DA-00634-F
Unidentified New Zealand soldier with an Italian 'thermos bomb' boobytrap, in Egypt, during World War 2. Photographer unidentified.
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
Historical Notes: The 'thermos bombs' were dropped in the Western Desert. They looked like a khaki-coloured thermos flask and were designed to explode when moved. Dvr G. R. Osborn was killed by one in the Western Desert on the 13th of September 1940. His was the first death from enemy action in 2 NZEF. (Information from CHAPTER 1, The Beginning, 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies, The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War)
Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted
Other copies available: File print available in Turnbull Library Pictures350. World War II. Armaments(PFP-028667)
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