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      2nd Armoured Battalion Grenadier Guards, GAD, Tank Casualties, 1945

      2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards

      Serial No.: A.4.

      Tank: Sherman

      Mark: V

      W.D. No.: 232397

      Date: 10 Apr 1945 [NB - The other tanks involved are dated 20 Apr 1945]

      Photo No.: 2

      Figure Nos.: 9, 10, 12
      2nd Armoured Battalion Grenadier Guards, GAD, Tank Casualties, 1945

      Range: 150 yards

      Cause of Damage: A.P. (75mm Pak 40) penetration and scoops

      Fire Damage: None

      Other tanks involved in same incident: A.3 & B.15

      Circumstances: Near Zeven in early morning. Very misty with poor visibility. Hit from short range while moving at about 5 m.p.h. down a road, by an S.P. gun which was not seen at the time, but seen later and identified as a “long 75 on a Mark III chassis”. Turret at 11.20 o’clock. Same incident as A.3. and B.15.

      Position of Hit: a) first hit was an 82 mm. diameter penetration through lower edge of 75 mm. mantlet. Shot went back to hit deflector guard, beyond which its course could not be traced. Went through operator; b ) 85 mm. diameter hole through front of turret below 75 mm. mantlet on Gunner’s side through gun controls to scoop turret ring below centre of wireless; c) hole into gear box; d) penetration a foot above 5th left bogie into engine; e) penetrations through side wall of left sponson behind left quick-fix across corner of crew compartment through the engine bulkhead into the engine; f) scoop on centre left bogie suspension; g) partial penetration through centre of front of hull at level of sponson floor. Shot a) was first hit, next one was “low down, exact position not known”. Commander and Gunner went on firing between first and second hits, but then baled out. Co-Driver and Driver got out after a).

      Course & Effect of Projectiles: See Position of hit

      Remarks: Tank seen. 75 mm. Pak. 40 on a Mark III chassis was found in a village 400 yds. away. Information from Tank Commander.

      Fate of Crew:
      Commander, Gunner, Driver and Co-Driver: Unhurt.
      Operator: Hit and Killed by shot a).
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