Where this book came from I cannot remember. I think I have had it since childhood, it was quite old even back then! The Wonder Book of Soldiers is a flagrant piece of war-time propaganda and was published right at the beginning of the War in 1939 when there was still the resource to print large books. The book is full of optimism for a short and triumphant war from the time before the evacuation of Dunkirk. Many of the copious images from the book were taken during exercises in the twenties and thirties. Below are scans of the two wheeler related pics.
|'To the front'. Slightly ill-proportioned drawing of imaginary|
British tanks rolling through an imaginary French village.
|Can't have been much fun cycling in a gas mask.|
|The bike looks like a Model N Triumph from 1927, just like|
my one. Wonder if mine is ex-WD?
|Looks like another Triumph. Probably a Model P.|
|A rag tag selection of bikes for the South African Despatch|
Corps. I'd hazard a guess that they were volunteers. Four Brit
bikes that are hard to identify and one Harley to the right.
Quite a number of Model U Harleys made their way to
|A British Cyclists Patrol.|