Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1945 Groenplaats Exposition, Antwerp, Belgium

P-47 Thunderbolt from my grandfather's album.
In a 2009 post I shared some photos from the 1945 Groenplaats Exposition held in Antwerp after the war. This was a display of Allied military equipment and captured German rockets. I found a GI's photo album on eBay. He served in the 268th Port Company in Antwerp at the same time as my grandfather's 304th Port Company. He also visited the Groenplaats Expostion, taking photos of many of the same vehicles and artillery pieces as my grandfather:

The same P-47.
British Spitfire.
Horsa glider.
Captured German V-2 Rocket.
M-8 Armored car.
Sherman Firefly, a British variation of the M4 Sherman tank.
Anti-aircraft artillery with radar trailer.
AA gun with interesting pavilion in the background.