October 24, 2014

Bishop

The Bishop was a self-propelled gun, based on the chassis of the Valentine tank, which mounted a 25-pdr howitzer. It saw action in North Africa and Italy. It was nicknamed “Bishop” because of the shape of the superstructure.

North Africa


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1. A Bishop at Port Tewfik in Egypt on July 10, 1942.



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2. Driving off a “Z” craft at Port Tewfik.

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3. Rear view of the Bishop.

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4. In North Africa on November 13, 1942.

5. In Tunisia on March 6, 1943.

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6. Bishops in action near Grenadier Hill in Tunisia on March 23, 1943.

Italy

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7. The 142nd Field Regiment in Sicily on July 27, 1943.

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8. With the 506th Battery of the 142nd Field Regiment on September 14, 1943.

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9. On September 28, 1943.

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10. Near Cava on September 28, 1943.

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11. Firing at night on October 12, 1943.

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12. On a Diamond T tank transporter on December 23, 1943.


Photos attribution

1., 2. Chetwyn D (Sgt), No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
3. IWM via Wikimedia Commons
4. Fox (Sgt), No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
5. Coleman (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
6. No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Weber (Sgt), via Wikimedia Commons
7. No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Rooke (Sgt), via Wikimedia Commons
8., 12. Lambert (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
9., 10. Bowman (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
11. Gade (Lt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons