King Zahir Shah in his
reconnaissance vehicle.

Kabul, 1950s

The U.S. diplomatic mission, led by Cornelius Van H. Engert, maintained a cordial relationship with Afghan leaders during
World War II. In late 1942, Engert and Military Attaché Major
Gordon Enders presented a Willys Reconnaissance Car to Minister of War Shah Mahmood. They gave a larger Dodge Reconnaissance Car to the King several months later. This photograph was probably taken during a 1950s troop review. Research suggests that the vehicle depicted is the King’s original gift.

Courtesy of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Washington, D.C.
Photograph by James A. Cudney.

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