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The World War II Photo of the Week
for 10 December 2001


Black Cats Mean Bad Luck for the Enemy ...

   A 13th Armored Division M-5 Stuart light tank scurries up an up the side of a ravine during maneuvers at Camp Beale, California in 1942. The division was popularly known as the "Black Cats" because of their Disney-designed insignia, which depicted a black cat sitting on a broken mirror under a ladder topped with an open umbrella (and the numeral 13 hanging from one rung). The original caption to this photo read: "... the group plans to make it the unluckiest in the world for the enemy." The 13th saw action in the ETO in the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. Photo dated June 15, 1942, from the Webmaster's collection.

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