51 Royal Tank Regiment

Discussion in 'RAC & RTR' started by Drew5233, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Asking for a friend - Is there a regimental history?
     
  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Drew - there should be somewhere - probably at Bovvy as the 51st RTR were part of
    25th Army Tank bde which fought alongside Gerry's NIH and 142nd RAC in North Africa
    and Italy - until December '44 when 142nd and 145th of 21st TB were disbanded - NIH replaced 145th in 21st TB - 51st RTR went on with 25th Bde HQ and joined an engineer group to create an Armoured Engineers Battalion - last heard of in lower Austria 1945....

    lost 30 odd Tanks and men at Diadem when they wandered into a new type Tank killing ground - just as Gerry was doing the same half a mile away - our 48th RTR Loaned them some Tanks to keep them in the battle - never did get them back - rotten lot !

    Cheers
     
  3. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Try the following:

    Ronald Addyman: Publications

    I purchased his 45th RTR from him in the past. I also have short history i can send you if you PM me.
     
  4. plang876

    plang876 Worrier in the wasteland

    Hi Drew,

    Fellow member BillHay and myself have accrued a lot of 51st RTR info on the periphery of our own areas of interest, particularly for 1945, due to them being a major part of 25th Armoured Engineer Bde RE.
    Whilst researching, I've found some good sources, a few veterans and quite a few disappointing sources too.

    What particular time period or aspect of 51 RTR is your friend interested in?

    Paddy

    (PS last file received v. useful, thanks)
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers all.

    Paddy - Glad the file was/is of use.

    Ref 51 RTR I posted on FB yesterday that I had received the 5 RTR history for WW2 and a friend asked if I knew if there was a WW2 history for 51 RTR in circulation.

    Thats as much as I know :)
     
  6. plang876

    plang876 Worrier in the wasteland

    Ron Addymans book, '51st RTR, Morley, Tunisia, Italy 1939 - 45' is good for a general overview and is readily available.

    One 51 RTR veteran, recommended Lt Col Holdens (51 RTRs CO) 'A Short History of the 51st RTR' as a much better book - but it's hard to find.

    There's a lot of info available for free, much of it on Gerry Chesters northirishhorse.net site - which is probably the best for the contemporary accounts of the Churchill tank at war too as we all appreciate, thanks Gerry!

    'Leeds Rifles Old Comrades Assoc' drew a disappointing blank.

    Guess when it comes to War Diaries and WO files you're the man!

    If there's anything in particular that may concern it's final evolution as the Crocodile and Crab equipped component of 25th Armoured Engineer Bde RE and from Dec 1944/45 until disbandment I may be able to help but not as far as nominal rolls etc.

    Paddy
     
  7. Gerry Chester

    Gerry Chester WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Hi Drew,

    I have moved up transcribing 51st RTR War Diaries in the list of things to do. Started about a year ago but placed the task to one side after doing the first forty or so pages due to more pressing matters.

    Cheers,

    Gerry
     
  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Ron Addymans book, '51st RTR, Morley, Tunisia, Italy 1939 - 45' is good for a general overview and is readily available.

    One 51 RTR veteran, recommended Lt Col Holdens (51 RTRs CO) 'A Short History of the 51st RTR' as a much better book - but it's hard to find.




    Can't find either on Abe :(
     
  9. IKE26

    IKE26 Member

    Hi!
    Does anyone own this book? 50th Royal Tank Regiment: the complete history, by Stephen D. Hamilton. Lutterworth, 1996.
     
  10. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    If you cannot find this book, start a conversation wth me and I will send you Steve Hamilton's email address. I am sure that he will have a few spare copies of his own book.

    Regards

    Frank
     
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