Mobile Machine Shop Truck at Horanda, New Guinea, 9 May 1943

Mobile Machine Shop Truck at Horanda, New Guinea, 9 May 1943

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This is a great photo of two U.S. Army machinists working on truck parts repairs in the field during World War II in New Guinea. Their "garage" is a Mobile Machine Shop mounted in an Army truck, probably a 2 1/2 ton, 6x6. The truck is parked under an improvised jungle shelter made of local trees.

The soldiers are identified as Pfc. George Chapman, Helena, Montana and Sgt. John Eppard, Pasadena, Cal., of the 741st Ord. Co., 41st Inf. Div.

The photo is sharp and clear enough to show great details like the lathe, drill press, vise and other tools plus all the parts cabinets. The rear of the truck shows tires equipped with chains for the New Guinea mud, several jerry cans and other parts and equipment scattered about.

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