Life at Fort Knox in 1942 Captured In Full Color

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Life at Fort Knox in 1942 Captured In Full Color

In 1940, the United States had not yet joined the fray in World War II. Nevertheless, the former 7th Cavalry Brigade was reorganized into the 1st Armored Division. Over the next two years, American engineers and factories rushed to design and build new tanks to supply to the new division based at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The incredible photos you’re about to see were captured in 1942 by Office of War Information photographer Alfred T. Palmer, and shows soldiers in the division training with their new equipment. They were shot in 4x5 color film, and I guarantee you that these are among the most striking World War II photos you will ever see:


Life at Fort Knox in 1942 Captured In Full Color Gallery


A tank driver looks out of the front of his tank.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 1. A tank driver looks out of the front of his tankIMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

An M4 tank in action.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 2. An M4 tank in actionIMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

An M3 tank and crew prepare for the next maneuver.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 3. An M3 tank and crew prepare for the next maneuver.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

An infantryman uses a half-track for cover while holding an M1 Garand rifle.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 4. An infantryman uses a half-track for cover while holding an M1 Garand rifle.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

An M4 tank crew poses for a photograph.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 5. An M4 tank crew poses for a photographIMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

An M3 Stuart light tank hits a water obstacle with full force.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 6. An M3 Stuart light tank hits a water obstacle with full force.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

An M3 tank crew practices small arms fire.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 7. An M3 tank crew practices small arms fire.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

An infantryman takes aim with his M1 Garand rifle.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 8. An infantryman takes aim with his M1 Garand rifleIMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

A tank commander posing for a profile shot. Note the light being held up in the bottom-right-hand corner.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 9. A tank commander posing for a profile shot.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Here’s another fantastic profile shot.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 10. Here's another fantastic profile shot.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS


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An M3 tank moving at speed.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 11. An M3 tank moving at speed.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

A Browning machine gun is aimed by an infantryman.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 12. A Browning machine gun is aimed by an infantrymanIMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Light tanks performing a joint maneuver.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 13. Light tanks performing a joint maneuver.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

A tank driver looks on into the distance.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 14. A tank driver looks on into the distance.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

A mechanic tweaks a troop transport vehicle.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 15. A mechanic tweaks a troop transport vehicleIMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

This tank driver looks like he’s ready for business.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 16. This tank driver looks like he's ready for business.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

A worker puts in a new power line at the rapidly-expanding Fort Knox.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 -17. A worker puts in a new power line at the rapidly-expanding Fort Knox.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

A convoy of M3 tanks make their way through the base.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 18. A convoy of M3 tanks make their way through the baseIMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The convoy moving at speed.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 19. The convoy moving at speed.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

M3 and M4 tanks participating in a big maneuver at Fort Knox.

Life at Fort Knox in 1942 - 20. M3 and M4 tanks participating in a big maneuver at Fort Knox.IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

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