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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:
 
 
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A tank driver looks out of the front of his tank.
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An M4 tank in action.
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An M3 tank and crew prepare for the next maneuver.
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An infantryman uses a half-track for cover while holding an M1 Garand rifle.
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An M4 tank crew poses for a photograph.
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An M3 Stuart light tank hits a water obstacle with full force.
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An M3 tank crew practices small arms fire.
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An infantryman takes aim with his M1 Garand rifle.
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A tank commander posing for a profile shot. Note the light being held up in the bottom-right-hand corner.
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Here's another fantastic profile shot.
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An M3 tank moving at speed.
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A Browning machine gun is aimed by an infantryman.
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Light tanks performing a joint maneuver.
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A tank driver looks on into the distance.
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A mechanic tweaks a troop transport vehicle.
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This tank driver looks like he's ready for business.
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A worker puts in a new power line at the rapidly-expanding Fort Knox.
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A convoy of M3 tanks make their way through the base.
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The convoy moving at speed.
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M3 and M4 tanks participating in a big maneuver at Fort Knox.
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