An interesting item in my Reynard Collectables ebay store is a battered photo album put together by Gunner Ernest Bate, of No.1 Composite AA Demonstration Battery, Royal Artillery. The remaining photos show various episodes from what must have been a plum assignment during WWII?
While others might have been suffering the deprivations and dangers of Europe or the Middle Eastern fronts this Battery were sent, at the US Defence Dept. request, to carry out a demonstration tour of the United States. This not only involved the (I am sure) onerous task of giving artillery demos (as shown in some photos), but also includes some free time in nice places, with some interesting people and at a time of rationing back home, some good food and other luxuries. The photos cover 1943 from their arriving in New York, through trips to Camp Davis, North Carolina, Orlando, Daytona, several of the soldiers watching bull fights at Juarez bullring Mexico, on trains, eating Corn on the Cob with an American family, soldiers by rows of tents (Camp Davis?), Sgt Bradley “one of the most disliked men on tour”, Wrightsville beach, marching at “Boom Town” outside Camp Davis, parades Wilmington NC, few larger photos (press?) of partying and also being welcomed in New York, couple of cuttings from a magazine one at baseball the other at Miss Monroe’s concert (not Marilyn!) etc etc.
Fascinating lot available here (closing the shop from 19-28th December but available again after that), and I have added a few example photos. A nice idea for a book?