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The World War II Photo of the Week
for 30 December 2002


Amphibian Commandos at Work ...

   This picture features a close-up frontal shot of two Army Amphibian Combined Forces Commandos, wearing the emblem of the commandos on the fronts of their helmets, sitting on a sand-bagged bunker. This is a very rare uncensored shot of these elite troops, possibly on the beach at Gela during the invasion of Sicily in July 1943. Note they are using a portable AM voice radio to communicate. Behind them are the ubiquitous piles of perforated steel planking used to form a solid roadway over which vehicles could pass across deep sand after being unloaded. U.S. Signal Corps photo, from the Webmaster's collection.

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