49th Recce

Discussion in 'Recce' started by KevinT, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. KevinT

    KevinT Senior Member

    A link was sent to me the other day and after searching throught the archive I found the following. The majority are from 49th Recce but there are other vehicles from 49th ( West Riding ) Infantry Division.
    The images come from the Utrecht Archive and thanks to Theo for the link.

    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/14824
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/14825
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97732
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97725
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/500414
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97638
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97774
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97771
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/500409
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97715
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97623
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97728
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97645
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97775
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97626
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97630
    http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collectie/beeldmateriaal/fotografische_documenten/1940-1950/97621

    I hope that they are of interest.

    Cheers

    Kevin
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  3. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Interesting pics, thanks for posting

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  4. Trackfrower

    Trackfrower Member

    Great Photos. The first couple are the Kensington Regt MG Bn. Then one of the Tyneside Scottish.
    The Recce photos are wonderful. HQ Sqn diamond, A Sqn triangle, B Sqn square and C Sqn circle (not seen).

    Well done

    Lawrence
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Great Photos. The first couple are the Kensington Regt MG Bn. Then one of the Tyneside Scottish.
    The Recce photos are wonderful. HQ Sqn diamond, A Sqn triangle, B Sqn square and C Sqn circle (not seen).

    Well done

    Lawrence

    Cheers for that!

    Een Canadese Brenguncarrier te Veenendaal...

    ...Yet in Western Holland the Canadian Army, of which 49 Div was part, still faced a compact, unbroken German Army. Would it surrender or fight with it's back to the sea?

    The question was answered on May 4th. Driving through the small, shattered town of Wageningen that day, an officer of the Battalion saw an unusual concentration of staff cars in the square outside a small hotel. Among them was a grey-green German car with a flag of truce. There was also a BBC mobile recording van. Through the shattered windows could be seen an imposing array of red tabs. The conference ended and a German officer, his face a grey mask of defeat, burst out of the room and hurried into his car. He was Field Marshall Blaskowitz, Commander of the German Army in Holland, and he had just signed an unconditional surrender. He was followed out of the hotel by General Bedell Smith (Chief of Staff to General Eisenhower), the Canadian Army Commander, and Prince Bernard of the Netherlands, representing Dutch Resistance forces. The cars dispersed, the BBC van went off, and the Kensington Officer returned to Battalion HQ satisfied feeling that he had seen history made.

    The surrender took effect at 8am on May 5th. A stand still order was in force, and civilians were not allowed to cross the lines. On that day all Companies left their Brigade areas and concentrated near Wageningen. The next day a Battalion Thanksgiving Church Parade was held in the open near Battalion HQ. The Commanding Officer later attended a conference at 49 Division, and returned with news that the Division was to take part, with I Canadian Corps, in the concentration disarming, and guarding of all enemy in Western Holland. For this purpose the Divisional Artillery was to be formed into a seperate Brigade, of which 2 Kensingtons would form part. The task of the RA Brigade was the disarming of the notorious 34 (Landstrum Nederland) SS Division. This formation was composed of avowed Nazis and foreign Facist volunteers; it had fought against 49 Division on the 'island' and was notorious in occupied Holland for its brutality.

    When, next day, the Battalion moved through Grebbe lines into Western Holland, an extraordinary situation developed. The surrender terms provided that the Germans would retain their arms until they were concentrated and under Allied guard; since they were surrounded by a hostile population with bitter memories of oppression, and contingents of Dutch Resistance Fighters, this was no doubt necessary, but it meant for some days our own troops, Germans, Dutch Resistance were all walking around fully armed. There was great tension, but, thanks to the discipline of troops on both sides and, in particular, the amazing restraint of the Dutch, there was no armed clashes of any importance.
     
  6. KevinT

    KevinT Senior Member

    Great Photos. The first couple are the Kensington Regt MG Bn. Then one of the Tyneside Scottish.
    The Recce photos are wonderful. HQ Sqn diamond, A Sqn triangle, B Sqn square and C Sqn circle (not seen).

    Well done

    Lawrence

    Thanks for the confirmation of the other regiments.

    Did you spot the Humber Mk IV KESTREL and the LRC MERLIN and the Humber MK IV in the ditch, F134090, is actually BEAU SABREUR III.

    cheers

    Kevin
     
  7. Trackfrower

    Trackfrower Member

    Yes, even with my eyesight!!

    Looks like Humber Heavy Cars were prone to ditching!

    I have a similar picture of a 43rd Recce Heavy Car. Mind you it is very well stowed.
     

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