Operation Kangaroo

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Operation Kangaroo

Ed Storey
Ed Storey

July 16th, 2008, 9:40 am #1

Anyone ever heard of Operation Kangaroo that was held in the Western Desert?

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July 16th, 2008, 11:02 am #2

Would this be reference to a postwar exercise in the Australian Western Desert?
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Michael Dorosh
Michael Dorosh

July 16th, 2008, 2:32 pm #3

Hmm...the reason I suggested post-war Australian was...

a) use of the early type Sherman/Ram chassis on the APC. AFAIK, the Ram Kangaroo was not used until after the fighting in the North African desert had concluded
b) Australia has a Western Desert

However, the caption states Operation rather than Exercise, which may be significant also.

I do vaguely recall that some turretless Rams were called Wallabies and used as ammunition carriers. Wallaby is an Australian marsupial...

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Ed Storey
Ed Storey

July 29th, 2008, 9:30 pm #4

Anyone ever heard of Operation Kangaroo that was held in the Western Desert?

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According to information provided on another forum, the Ram (gun tank) was transfered to the British in July 1945. So it looks like it was turned into a Kangaroo and then used in Egypt following the Second World War, therefore the images certainly show Post-War British soldiers.
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Michael Reintjes
Michael Reintjes

July 29th, 2008, 10:12 pm #5

maybe its my eyes but they look to be carrying No5 Jungle Carbines which also suggest post war to me especially in the desert. M.
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Ed Storey
Ed Storey

July 29th, 2008, 11:13 pm #6

I agree, it looks to me like there are some No. 5 Rifles and even Mk III or IV helmets in the photo.
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