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Why the pith helmets?

Why the pith helmets?

This is 3rd of August 1942 onboard NAL's Bergensfjord, the 70th birthday of the Norwegian king. ''God bless our good king'' the banner says, with the outer ends showing the insignia of king Haakon the 7th and the Norwegian state, but in the middle both the Norwegian and British flag. All fair and f

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She was a troopship after getting converted in 1940, Stein.
Left Bergen April 7th 1940 (we know what happened two days later!)
Was laid up in New York when she arrived on April 16th.
She would have been manned by her Norwegian crew while transporting British troops.
The uniforms look tropical, pith helmets and all. My father was issued this tropical gear in Glasgow in 1945 for deployment to the Far East and was sent to Stavanger. I think this may have been the ship that took him there.
Cheers
Kris
 

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Hi Kris. Must be British nearly everybody here then. The great attention indicating a lack of anything else to do. Regards, Stein.
 

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That many pith helmets make me think of the classic Laurel & Hardy film, "Sons Of The Desert".
 

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I have a note that this ship may have also taken my Grandfather from Stavanger to New York in 1923.
 

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