Thursday, August 12, 2010

Desert Victory premier in Schenectady, NY

An April 7, 1943 ad from the Schenectady Gazette.

Chapter 2 of Longshore Soldiers details my grandfather's time at at the American Locomotive Company in Schenectady, NY. In 1942 and 43 my Cortland welded M-7 "Priest" mobile howitzers for the British Eight Army. ALCO-made M-7s were instrumental in the British success over the Germans during the Battle of El Alamein. To record their victory, the British Eight Army filmed a documentary of the battle. The world premier was held in Schenectady's Erie Theater following a parade of tanks and M-7s up Erie Boulevard. The April 10, 1943 showing was exclusively for ALCO workers. My grandfather was pleased to see his M-7 in action.

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