3 Royal Tank Regiment, on Totensonntag

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  1. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    That's a very readable account, isn't it.

    I'm intrigued by 'Grade iii petrol'.
    Anyone know what it was graded by?
    Contamination? Original octane/quality?
  3. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Most American Tanks would splutter on British petrol as their gradings were different and so they had to be accommodated etc - the

    other nasty thing was that many were propelled by Aero Engines and after a prolonged wait with the engine off - had to be wound up -
    from the outside - few volunteered for that task

    Andreas - there is a better account of Tottensonntag in Barrie Pitt's original "Crucible of War "

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  4. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    Hi Tom

    Thanks for the pointer about the need for aero fuel.

    Regarding the account, I know there are numerous better overall accounts. This was just meant to be a micro-perspective of this crucial day from the perspective of one battalion, and it's a way to make unit records more accessible to the wider public

    By the way, thanks to Tom O'Brien for getting this for me!.

    All the best

  5. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member


    No problem, I picked up a couple more today - will sort out and then be in touch.


    Barrie Pitt's account is undoubtedly vivid, but in such a broad (and now somewhat dated) account he necessarily focusses on certain events. His account was also based on secondary sources (not his fault of course, as the war diaries weren't released to the public when he was writing). For example, he hardly mentions the Tobruk breakout after day one, whereas even a cursory reading of the war diaries of the units of TOBFORCE show both that they were determined to record their activities (detailed accounts, copies of op orders, great maps, etc) and that they went through a hell of a battle.


  6. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    Thanks a lot Tom!

    All the best


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