Today in WW II: 23 Feb 1942 Japanese submarine I-17 attacks a coastal oil refinery at Santa Barbara, CA. 17 high-explosive shells cause insignificant damage.  More 
23 Feb 1944 US forces achieve victory in the Battle of Eniwetok Atoll, in the Pacific Marshall Islands.
23 Feb 1945 US Marines from 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division captured the summit of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, after days of intense fighting. Without realizing its significance, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the world famous Iwo Jima flag photo.
23 Feb 1945 Allied Forces cross the Roer River [Operation Grenade].
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Indian 741 Military Motorcycle

Indian 741, 30.5 cubic in. (500cc) in New Zealand Army colors, Owner: Dave Page, Photo: Courtesy of Bill Jeffers.  Notes: Adam North (RNZAF Police Ret.) points out that there are no crash bars attached to this bike, as would be expected for 741 bikes issued to NZ . Second, NZ's prefix letter identification for motorcycles is actually "C" -- there are records which show 741's received C 99 followed by a four digit number eg: C 996706.
Indian 741, 30.5 cubic in. (500cc) in New Zealand Army colors.
Owner: Dave Page. Photo: Courtesy of Bill Jeffers
Notes: Adam North (RNZAF Police Ret.) points out that there are no crash bars attached to this bike, as would be expected for 741 bikes issued to NZ . Second, NZ's prefix letter identification for motorcycles is actually "C" -- there are records which show 741's received C 99 followed by a four digit number eg: C 996706.
Update from Dave Page: (1) I was still working on the safety frames at the time of the show where the image was taken - frames are now fitted. (2) New Zealand did not adhere to the British Census numbering system. Any vehicle that was delivered with a census number was renumbered as they arrived, so there was no sequence. The 741-Bs were shipped then assembled, and numbers applied upon acceptance.

1941 Indian M741B, with markings and equipment of a serving Indian M741B attached to the Delta Camp 3rd Provost Company Field Detachment, New Zealand Army, 3rd Provost Company, 5th Division Headquarters, New Zealand (South).  The owner's research has been verified by members of the unit and document sources.  Equipment includes 48 Set (WS-48) radio, electric siren and MP Blue Light used during WWII. The scabbard holds a Thompson M1A1 submachine gun.  Note on numbering:  this owner's research indicates that NZ did adhere to the commonwealth C99 number system, as required of a Dominion within the British Empire.  Photo: Courtesy of Adam North, Owner
1941 Indian M741B, with markings and equipment of a serving Indian M741B attached to the Delta Camp 3rd Provost Company Field Detachment, New Zealand Army, 3rd Provost Company, 5th Division Headquarters, New Zealand (South). The owner's research has been verified by members of the unit and document sources. Equipment includes 48 Set (WS-48) radio, electric siren and MP Blue Light used during WWII. The scabbard holds a Thompson M1A1 submachine gun. Note on numbering: this owner's research indicates that NZ did adhere to the commonwealth C99 number system, as required of a Dominion within the British Empire. Photo: Courtesy of Adam North, Owner.

1941 Indian M741B, same as above.  Photo: Courtesy of Adam North, Owner
1941 Indian M741B, same as above. Photo: Courtesy of Adam North, Owner.

Indian 741. Photo: Courtesy of Bill Jeffers (owner)
Indian 741. Photo: Courtesy of Bill Jeffers (owner).

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