Cleaned up this old topic, as almost all pictures were lost due to the transfer to Invision.
For a short resume see: http://www.ww2f.com/...-ardennes-4445/
Edited by stolpi, 23 June 2013 - 04:37 PM.
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I'll take a look at it tomorrow (unless you tired of waiting and started your own maps. )
Earthican .... I hope you will find some time to illustrate the War Diary with your map.
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Posted 31 December 2010 - 05:51 PM
Archive of 10th (R/Fus) Medium Regt RA
from16th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt)
Posted 31 December 2010 - 06:53 PM
BTW, the US 84th Infantry and 2d Armored Division were north of R. L'Ourthe and advancing SE.
The 53rd consisted of
71st Infantry Brigade
* 1st Battalion, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
* 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
* 4th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers
158th Infantry Brigade
* 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment
* 7th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers
* 1/5th Battalion, Welch Regiment
160th Infantry Brigade
* 6th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers
* 2nd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment
* 4th Battalion, Welch Regiment
* 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment (Machine-Gun Regiment)
* 53rd Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps
* 81st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
* 83rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
* 133rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
* 71st Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery
* 244th Field Company, Royal Engineers
* 282nd Field Company, Royal Engineers
* 555th Field Company, Royal Engineers
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Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:47 AM
Some of the posts here might be of help http://www.ww2talk.c...e-accounts.html
I wonder if anyone has some further details on the move of the 6th AB Div to Belgium in December 44, the scramble from the barracks in Engeland to Belgium.
Unfortunately I only have the Bde War Diaries for January 45, when the move had already been completed.
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 03:37 PM
It seems the SQN's withdrew from their advance positions the nights of 25/26 Dec and 26/27 Dec (as was usual practice for armoured forces if the situation permits).
Initially, they withdrew into a closer perimeter around Dinant. Also, because they had scant infantry protection and the mission was to hold the crossing of the Meuse (Sqns forming leaguers). Later, nights of 25/26 Dec and 26/27 Dec, when the enemy threat had receded, they stayed further east (see below).
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added question three
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25 Dec map updated with clarified 3RTR start positions
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Who can help me out with the ID of the British units on the attached stills:
(1) Sherman tank belongs unmistakable to the 33rd Armoured Brigade, the unit insignia (black triangle, with inverted green triangle on top) is visible on the left backside of the tank, underneath the axe. But where stands the painted 53 on the right backside for? This Arm of Service marking seems to indicate the junior regiment of 33rd Armoured Brigade which at the time was 144th Royal Armoured Corps, (144th RAC)
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(2) Sherman tanks in the later phase of the Ardennes operation near La Roche. They must be of the 33rd Armoured Brigade, at that time the only armoured unit around. But where stands the 51 on the side of the tank cupola for? This large number painted on the turret was also used by 144th RAC as a callsign to identify individual tanks. 51 would have belonged to B squadron.
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Same spot 3B painted on back side of cupola: This Sherman Ic Firefly is different, the only regiment that comes to mind that used Shermans and the number/letter combination in this position is the Coldstream Guards from Guards Armoured Division. Still viewer
(3) Column of trucks and tanks moving along road. On the left backside of the truck the number 57 (?) is visible, filmshot also taken during later phase of Ardennes operation so must be 51st Highland Division. That does look like D7 to me. It was not unusual for RASC service units not to carry much in the way of markings. The D7 could just be to identify the individual lorry within its unit.
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