85592 Peter Alexander Rupert CARINGTON, MC, 2nd Armd Bn Grenadier Guards, GAD

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  1. Nijmegen

    Nijmegen Member

    The role of Captain Lord Carrington
    After the Waal Crossing by the Americans on 20 September, Captain Lord Carrington joined Sergeant Robinson's tank and 2 other Shermans at the road-railway crossing at Lent.

    The Americans, in general, blame Captain Lord Carrington for not pushing for Arnhem, after crossing the Waal Bridge.

    But Mr. Margry (Margry, Operation Market-Garden: Then and Now, Volume II, pp 504) writes the following:

    "For some reason - although Carrington kept calling for them to come forward all night - the Irish Guards infantry advanced no further than the immediate vicinity of the bridge."

    Does anybody know where Mr. Margry got this information from?
     
  2. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Possibly his autobiography: Reflect on Things Past? I have got a copy somewhere but I'm afraid I don't know where to start looking for that one.

    The Irish Guards history says that two companies crossed just after the Grenadiers but they seem to have been preoccupied with securing the bridge, mopping up snipers and dealing with large numbers of prisoners.
     
  3. Nijmegen

    Nijmegen Member

    It's all about the communications, I think. On 21 September IG tanks went over the bridge (to finally push towards Arnhem) but the IG infantry were not expecting them...

    Would be great if I could get hold of the exact source of Mr. Margy. Reconstructing events is like a puzzle, slowly, but surely...
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    You could send a email to Diane at WW2Guards.com website. Her father was with the IG there and has documented a fair amount on what the IG were doing there-she has told me some great stories from her father when he was there.

    IRISH GUARDS IN WW2
     
  5. Nijmegen

    Nijmegen Member

    Lord Carrington’s account from his autobiography "Reflect on Things Past":

    ...
    At that stage my job - I was second-in-command of a squadron - was to take a half-squadron of tanks across the bridge. Since everybody supposed the Germans would blow this immense contraption we were to be accompanied by an intrepid Royal Engineer officer to cut the wires and cleanse the demolition chambers under each span. Our little force was led by an excellent Grenadier, Sergeant Robinson, who was rightly awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his action. Two of our tanks were hit not lethally - by anti-tank fire, and we found a number of Germans perched in the girders who tried to drop things on us but without great effect. Sergeant Robinson and the leading tank troop sprayed the opposite bank and we lost nobody, When I arrived at the far end my sense of relief was considerable: the bridge had not been blown, we had not been plunged into the Waal (In fact it seems the Germans never intended to blow the bridge. The demolition chambers were packed with German soldiers, who surrendered), we seemed to have silenced the opposition in the vicinity, we were across one half of the Rhine. A film representation of this incident has shown American troops as having already secured the far end of the bridge. That is mistaken -probably the error arose from the film-maker's confusion of two bridges, there was a railway bridge with planks placed between the rails and used by the Germans for road traffic, to the west of the main road bridge we crossed; and the gallant American Airborne men: reached it. When Sergeant Robinson and his little command crossed our main road bridge, however, only Germans were there to welcome him; and they didn't stay.

    The pursuit had ground to a halt. The war was clearly going on. We spent the winter of 1944 in Holland, first near Nijmegen where the Germans had flooded the land between the two great rivers, and there was little activity.
    ...
     
  6. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Would the War Diaries contain information relevent to the question?

    Regards
    Tom
     
  7. Nijmegen

    Nijmegen Member

    Smudger,

    Nothing in the WD of both Grenadier Guards and Irish Guards.

    "kept calling for them to come forward all night" is for the first time used by Mr. Margry and some years later by American Guy LoFaro [Sword of St. Michael (2007)] using a footnote to Mr. Margry's work.

    Alas, Mr. Margry did not use footnotes.

    Obvious question "How to contact Mr. Margry?"
     
  8. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Didn't he take over as editor of After the Battle?
     
  9. Nijmegen

    Nijmegen Member

    I am now in contact with Mr. Margry, but it's more then 10 years ago that he produced the two books. He very kindly offered to look into the matter.

    The reason for my quest is that American Captain Moffat Burriss [in his autobiography] accuses Captain Lord Carrington of being a coward by not pushing towards Arnhem with his 4 tanks that evening on 20 September.

    On the other hand there is:

    "For some reason - although Carrington kept calling for them to come forward all night - the Irish Guards infantry advanced no further than the immediate vicinity of the bridge."

    It makes me curious, it's not a small discrepancy.
     
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Oooo Invisible posting again :lol:
     
  11. Nijmegen

    Nijmegen Member

    Time to learn something new, I guess. What is a "invisible posting"?
     
  12. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I have been sent this by email.


    A Soldier's Story, Vandeleur, pages 99 - 100

    "The Nijmegen battle was a Grenadier battle. The gallant parachutists of the American 82nd Airborne Division made a crossing of the river in daylight under devastating fire. Although many of them were shot to pieces in the boats, they reached the north bank and turned westward to try to reach the northern end of the enormous Nijmegen Bridge. This is one of the biggest bridges in Europe. The Grenadier Guards had to capture the fort at Nijmegen and clear the town. The attack on the fort was executed by King's Company. They fought brilliantly. Two sergeants of the 2nd Armoured Grenadiers crossed the Nijmegen Bridge, which might have been blown up at any moment. They were part of Lord Carrington's squadron, which led the advance across the Waal.


    I attended an Orders Group in Nijmegen, but felt so damned ill that I really could not concentrate upon my orders, so Denis very kindly took charge of the 3rd Battalion and took them over the bridge to support the Grenadiers. The Germans fought with great gallantry and some of them had strapped themselves into the high girders of a bridge in order to fire down upon the column. Their bodies lay all over the roadway of the bridge. It was not a pretty sight.


    Having recovered from my stomach upset, I received orders for the advance to Arnhem. We were allotted the embanked main road between Nijmegen and Arnhem as centre line. Denis said to me, "We'll never make any headway up that road", and he was quite right. The head of the column left Lent post office in the early afternoon. About an hour later the leading tanks ran into a screen of 88 mm. guns and could not deploy. We tried to slide the tanks off the road, with little success.


    The ground on each side of the road was soft and boggy. The 3rd Battalion was extremely weak in strength and we only had one surviving subaltern officer. John Haslewood tried to take his company round the right flank between the railway line and road, but was immediately held up. It was impossible to deploy armour on either side of the road and the 3rd Battalion was so weak in numbers that we made little impression upon the enemy.


    We had very little artillery support; only one field battery, which was slow in registering its targets. We had an Air Force tender, but there were no aircraft available to support us. Lord Montgomery sent one of his liaison officers up to us to see how we were were getting on. I am afraid he must have made a very gloomy report. Stephen Langton was in the leading tank and was lucky to survive."
     
  13. Nijmegen

    Nijmegen Member

    :) The more information, the more questions arise.

    Vandeleur [A Soldier's Story]:
    "We had an Air Force tender, but there were no aircraft available to support us."

    Fitzgerald [History of the Irish Guards in the Second World War]:
    "Colonel Joe had to be content with a call on a limited number of Typhoons."

    "Colonel “Joe” Vandeleur made every effort to get the Typhoon support which had been promised, but first the control set broke down and then a second set was sent forward, which also broke down, so there was no communication with aircraft."

    War Diary 2 Irish Guards:
    "Every effort was made by us to get the Typhoon support, which had been promised. But first the control set broke down and then "Very High Sky Sunray" forbade them to fly for fear that they might shoot down Dakotas instead of rocketing guns on the ground."
     
  14. dbf

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    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80011023



     
  15. dbf

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    Lord Carrington, Reel 1 of 1.

    I know that your regiment is the Grenadier Guards but can you tell me precisely which unit you were in, in ’44/’45?
    I was in the 2nd Armoured Battalion and when we went over to Normandy I was in charge of the Reserve. I didn’t go over there till after the Battalion had arrived but joined up with them about two weeks later.

    Do you remember anything about the preparations which you made for Normandy, the training which you had?
    Well yes, you see, because we were - when I started I was a regular soldier before the war, and we were an infantry battalion and then the War Office decided in 1941 to transform the Guards Division, the Guards, into a Guards Armoured Division. We were selected to be transformed from an infantry battalion into an armoured battalion. I think looking back on it, it was a rather curious decision because we, I think were very good infantry and what made the Brigade of Guards as it was then called, so good was the discipline which it had and discipline in a sense is doing what you’re told and I’m not sure that necessarily is what you want in an armoured battalion: in the sense that you need a bit more initiative in your tank commander and your troop commanders than you would necessarily get in an infantry battalion where the whole thing is much more closely supervised. Also they were rather large being Guardsmen and the tanks were rather small. And so I think it was an odd decision because I think we were very good infantry and I think it took a bit of time to adjust. I mean to give you one example of it that er, my Squadron Sergeant Major who was a very large man indeed, when you talked on the radio to him there was always a very long pause before he answered. It so happened during an exercise that I happened to be pretty well next door to him, in the tank next door and I saw what happened. What happened was he heard my voice on the radio and before he answered, he saluted and this was the sort of training which you’d got in the Brigade of Guards before the war. I think it took a bit of time to get the sort of spirit of armoured battalions and the initiative and enterprise necessary instilled into people who’d really been just instilled into doing just what they were told.

    Was there any sort of discontent about the transformation?
    Oh no, I think we rather enjoyed it. I think it was considered to be a challenge and fun. I think everybody liked the idea very much but I think for a time we weren’t very good at it. I think we became quite good at it but I don’t think we were very good at it at the time. Also I think, you know, there’s something more glamorous about fighting in an armoured unit than there was in an ordinary infantry battalion. So I think we felt we were a bit more glamorous.

    When did you actually go across to Normandy yourself?
    Oh, I went about a fortnight after D-Day, I suppose, something like that.

    What impression did the beaches make on you when you saw them?
    Well not all that much really, I don’t truthfully remember. We got - I got out and went to join the battalion which was, I think, just outside Caen at that time.

    Did everything seem well organised by then?
    Yes, mmm. Very well organised. I mean it was a marvelous feat of organisation, the whole thing and I think people who were not there and didn’t see some of it didn’t realise quite what an astonishing logistical feat it was to get all those troops over.

    How long was it before you went into action in Normandy?
    Well we went into action almost immediately afterward. We had, was it called Goodwood the ...

    ... Operation Goodwood ...
    ... and we went into that and that was not, I think one has to admit, an outstanding success. I mean, I was not very senior so I didn’t know the ins and outs of it, but it didn’t seem we did very well.

    Were you a Captain then?
    Yes. It was our first time in action as an armoured regiment - as an armoured battalion. I don’t think any of us did well. There were three armoured divisions there if I remember rightly: there was the 11th Armoured, the 7th Armoured and ourselves. I don’t think it went very well, but I think we learnt a great deal from it and improved very rapidly as a result of that action.

    What did you think about the German enemy at that time because ... Did they seem to be more experienced than..?
    Oh yes. They also had much better equipment. The Sherman tanks which we arrived in Normandy with, most of them had 75 mm guns and we had occasionally a 17-pounder and the Germans had luckily rather fewer Panther and Tiger tanks, which were infinitely superior. I mean my 75 mm gun wouldn’t go through the front of a Panther or a Tiger tank even if you stuck it up against the front of a tank I mean within a foot but they could go through my Sherman with their 88 mm gun at about 2,000 yards. So we were suffering under some considerable handicap with equipment and I think looking back on it, all through the war, our tanks were really inferior, to the German’s, all the way through the war and right to the end we were inferior. The Panther and the Tiger tank were very, very much better.

    Did you and your brother officers say how on earth does it come about that our equipment isn’t up to that standard?
    I don’t think we were very pleased, they keep putting us at a disadvantage but there was nothing much one could do about it. You had to fight with what you’d got. Really wasn’t until after the war with the Centurions that the British made a decent tank.

    So, as you know we’ve got the Sherman tank, which I think you’ve seen, in our museum: is that Sherman tank identifiable to you?
    Well, it’s got my Squadron markings on it - No. 1 Squadron of the 2nd Armoured Battalion of the Grenadiers. I can’t say that I personally after this length of time can recognise the tank but it’s undeniably was my Squadron tank because Dr. B? told me that when it arrived they cleaned it and there were the Squadron markings, you know the Ever Open Eye of the Guards Armoured Division and the Squadron markings.

    So in view of the inferiority of the Sherman to what the Germans had, presumably you and your brother officers didn’t develop any kind of affection for it?
    For the Sherman or the Germans?

    For the Sherman.
    No, I don’t think we did much and it also had a rather distressing habit of catching fire very easily and you know a lot of people ‘brewed up’ as we said. It was not a very - it was quite reliable and it had another rather inconvenient characteristic was that it had five Chrysler engines, ordinary Chrysler engines, all joined together, and the fan to cool these engines drew the air down through the turret, and as a result, whatever the temperature you were freezing cold, and in the winter if you were in the turret this draft of cold air was sucked through the turret into the engine. And so one spent all the time, unless the engine was switched off, freezing. It was a horrible thing, the Sherman tank, when I look back on it.

    Did you have any contact with the French civilians?
    Not very much, no. We were pretty well occupied at that time and we were on the move the whole time. I didn’t really think I had much contact with them. I had contact with them when we were given - after we’d been there a bit we were given 48 hours leave to go and sit on the beach at Arromanches and have a happy weekend and I decided that would be rather a boring thing to do. This was just at the time when the breakout of the beachhead and the Americans, and the French, were just about to get to Paris. So we decided instead of sitting on a beach - David Fraser, who’s a General now, and I decided that we would go off and liberate Paris with the Americans. So we got a couple of jeeps and went off and go into Paris with the first American troops. It was very, very great fun.

    What do you remember of the liberation of Paris?
    Well they were still shooting a bit, so it was a bit more dangerous than subsequently Brussels was. But when we got to Paris we couldn’t really decide what to do so we decided we’d go and book two rooms in the Ritz, and the German Army Generals were going out the back door as we drove up and booked in. And the Ritz being the Ritz was absolutely unmoved by this; they just behaved as if this was perfectly ordinary occurrence. One lot of visitors was leaving and the next lot was coming! Then we went around Paris and talked to a lot of people but there was still a good deal of fighting going on so people were not as overjoyed as they were a week later in Brussels.

    But were British soldiers generally welcomed in France...or did you encounter any hostility?
    ...Oh yes, oh yes ... no absolutely no hostility at all. No, of course they were very much welcomed. I think the people in Normandy had a pretty rough time but I never came across any hostilities at all.

    Because Caen was heavily bombed during the fighting, did you get any reaction?
    Yes, well I don’t think we had much opportunity of talking to civilians really. We were pushed around and told to go from ‘A’ to ‘B in that awful Bocage country which was extremely disagreeable because it had all those hedges and little fields and snipers and so on. It was rather an unpleasant period in the Bocage - exactly the wrong sort of country to use a tank in, but you know, you had to use them cos there we were.

    You’ve talked about the superiority of the German equipment, what about the kind of tactics which they used, did erm - and their fighting prowess?
    They were awfully good. I think the Germans are really very, very good soldiers. I mean I remember particularly, I mean later on after we crossed the Rhine that we had the 15th Panzer Grenadier Division in front of us and they were fighting a rearguard action all the way till the very end, right up to the very end of the war, and in circumstances, in Germany, which they must have known that they were going to lose the war and that there was really not much hope. They fought absolutely magnificently with great courage and bravery and skill. I think it was eh, they were remarkable soldiers.

    Whereabouts in North-West Europe did you personally see your heaviest fighting?
    Well I suppose we saw it around Nijmegen was the most which perhaps, we tried to fight our way across the Waal there and then we had a certain amount of fighting in between then and the crossing of the Rhine. But from Normandy on to Brussels there was remarkable little fighting. I mean we got up there in no time at all because the Germans were retreating very quickly and it was really only after we’d got to Brussels and then went on with Operation Market Garden that we came across pretty heavy fighting with the Germans after that.

    You mentioned the liberation of Brussels as something special, can you describe it?
    Well it was special because we - you see there weren’t any Germans in Brussels, it wasn’t like Paris where you had a - the people were still keeping their heads down and also I think the Belgians were rather more pleased to see us than the French, if truth be told. And we had, we went in there I think it was on the - the beginning of September - 3rd or 4th of September or something we went into Brussels, the leading troops, the Welsh Guards went in one way and we came in the way. And it was a sort of - I’d never seen anything like the welcome; everybody jumped over our tanks and there were 30 or 40 people climbing all over our tanks and giving us champagne and they were really pleased and delighted to see us. Unfortunately we were immediately - my Squadron was immediately sent off to guard the Palace at Laeken where Queen Elisabeth who was - the Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians was living at the time and so we spent the night - Laeken was quite some distance outside the centre of Brussels - some people had rather more amusing time than we did. But we were outside the front gates at Laeken. I remember we’d been going for two or three days without much sleep and we just sort of collapsed on the pavement and went to sleep. But I remember Queen Elisabeth coming out and looking through the gates of Laeken and waving at us and shaking hands. It was a great occasion, it really was.

    Did you see in the liberation of the West European countries anything of the treatment of collaborators?
    Yes, you did occasionally see girls with their hair shorn off in France, but there wasn’t too much of it. You must remember that we were always on the move and we were - all the way up from Normandy we were sort of the first troops there so there wasn’t at that time much opportunity for erm - you know they hadn’t had time to deal with the collaborators by the time we got there so we didn’t see very much of it. When we got a bit more static, after Operation Market Garden, one saw a good deal of the privations and horrors that the Dutch people had suffered. I mean I think that the Dutch really the worst of it all. I mean they were enormously brave in their resistance and they had had a very, very rough time. Come on, they were eating tulip bulbs and that sort of thing I think they probably were in a worse way than anyone else. The Belgians have a remarkable facility for surviving, you know, they ran a Black Market at the expense of the Germans and managed to survive, they are a remarkable people, but I don’t think they had quite the rough time the Dutch did.

    Were you on an individual basis to be able to do anything for Dutch civilians who came asking?
    Well we tried to yes, but it was very difficult. What was interesting about that particular period from Brussels on to Nijmegen where we got stuck, was that in that Operation we went straight up through the main road from Eindhoven to Nijmegen and we really only held the road, and about 200 yards each side of it, and you used to get the Germans coming in and sort of cutting across the road. Also you used to see all the old DC3s, the Dakotas of the Royal Air Force going in to supply the 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem, which if they strayed off the road the country was still held by the Germans, they were shot down. They were enormously brave you know, those pilots - what it called in those days, what now would be sort of Transport Command - I can’t think what they called it - but supplying food and ammunition and so on and dropping them in Arnhem. They got shot down - hundreds of them seemed to get shot down, well hundreds obvious not, but I mean quite a lot got shot down. They were very brave people, we used to - when we saw them come down we used to do a sortie with our tanks to try and pick them up, in the country which was still occupied by the Germans.

    Did you have any trouble from the German air force or was there complete domination of the skies by the Allies?
    No there was - well, we had a little but very little I mean we did have complete air superiority. Occasionally you saw a German aircraft, occasionally you got shot up by the Royal Air Force - for which I don’t blame them! I mean, if you’re flying at that speed, a tank is a tank. We were supposed to have yellow smoke which you chucked out of the top of your turret and that was supposed to demonstrate to the Royal Air Force that there were Allied tanks and not German tanks. Didn’t always work I can assure you!

    Could you not always get it out in time?
    Well sometimes you couldn’t get it out in time but when you did, it didn’t seem always to have the effect which was necessary. But we suffered very little damage. I mean one of the things about being in a tank was that unless the thing ‘brewed up’, it was a good deal safer than being an infantry soldier.

    When the Germans launched that offensive in the Ardennes, was there at any time when you thought they might break through to Antwerp and the coast?
    Yes we were sent for just about Christmas time I think back to Brussels and then up towards on the Liege road to stop the Germans from breaking through and I think there was a real feeling that there was going to be a pretty big battle outside it but the Americans managed to stop it all and so it never really materialised.

    When you went into Germany what was the reaction of the German civilians towards you?
    Absolutely negative. I mean just sort of surliness and erm ... stunned I suppose by defeat. There were on the whole, there there wasn’t an awful lot of hostility. I did actually, commit a, I suppose looking back on it a war crime because erm, during - we had commandeered a house - somewhere up to I forgot where it was now - and commandeered the house and left tanks and jeeps in there. It was quite a large villa and I woke up rather early about five o’clock and I saw the son of the house putting sticks of gelignite under my jeep and I thought that was an unfriendly act.

    So I came down and I said to the people who were in the house, I said “You've got half an hour to take everything out of your house and then I’ll burn it down cos you’re damned if you’re going to blow me up!” So after half an hour I asked my Sergeant - Sergeant Major to put Jerry cans of petrol all round the house and then threw a match in and believe it or not it went out! You know what, you’ve only got to put a match in a waste paper basket and your house will burn down but I had 20 gallons of petrol round this house and it went out. So it wasn’t a very bad war crime.

    So you gave up. What happened to the chap who put the gelignite under the jeep?
    Oh we let him go.

    Was that type of thing common, do you think?
    Yes, I’ve forgotten what they were called those young people - were they called Werewolves? Was it Werewolves?
    [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werwolf]

    I think so.
    Something like that, there were a few of those about, but it was very little, really, not very much.

    Did you feel sorry for the Germans in any way at that time?
    Not very much, no. After all they’d proved enormously inconvenient. I mean this was the sixth year of the war and six years of one’s life had been spent in this, and I think that my compassion for the Germans was not perhaps as great as it would be now.

    Mark you I don’t think we behaved badly, I think we behaved rather well. I don’t think we did anything very awful. We helped ourselves perhaps to one or two things which we shouldn’t have helped ourselves to. I found a most marvelous Mercedes in a garage which, in the jargon of those days, I ‘liberated’. And the Divisional Commander saw me with this Mercedes and he said, “Where did you get that?” So I said I’d liberated it and he said “That’s the most disgraceful thing I’ve ever heard. Send it immediately to Divisional Headquarters.” The next thing I saw was him riding about in it.

    Did any of the Germans seem relieved that the western Allies had got to them before the Russians?
    We didn’t have any - I didn’t really have any truck with the Germans at all. Absolutely not. I mean, I dare say people more senior than me did, but we didn’t really have much to do with them.

    I think the thing that really shocked me was that the battalion liberated one of those awful camps and that, I think, was the most terrible thing that anybody’s ever seen. I mean it really was absolutely gruesome.

    Which one was that?
    I can’t remember what it was called.

    Sandbostel?
    Was it? Something like that. It was on the way up, yes on the way up to Hamburg and Bremen. I can’t remember what it was called but it was absolutely gruesome. I mean people were skin and bone and sitting on corpses and so on.

    I think what really shocked me was that the Divisional Commander, the Corps Commander ordered - they were so horrified - they ordered the Germans from the neighbouring towns to come and clean the place up. I think what was so shocking was that they didn’t really seem to be very upset about it. I suppose looking back on it they were keeping the - it was all so awful that they were determined not to show how awful it was. But that was the - I mean, the inhumanity of what went on there was so appalling.

    Were you and your Squadron first into that concentration camp?
    No, no I think it was another Squadron. We went there to have a look.

    And was it like the movie films we’ve seen of Belsen?
    Yes.

    As you continued through Germany did you come into contact with the Russian Army eventually?
    No, never. We went out - we ended up at, what’s the place called? Freiburg, is it? Right up sort of on the peninsula, Frei..?

    ...Luebeck?
    No way to the west of that. To the west of Hamburg, is it called Frieburg? [Note: Freiburg, on the Elbe, NW of Stade] If I had an atlas I’d be able to remember. It was a hell of a long time ago. I can’t remember what the place was called, where we ended up, anyway we never saw the Russians ever. How are we doing?

    Was there any special celebration when VE Day came, in your unit?
    No. I don’t think so. I mean it was obvious the war was coming to an end. I think it was a great relief. I think what one did feel as one got more and more into Germany - you kept your head down more and more. I mean we had one or two skirmishes, or battles, with the 15th Panzer Grenadiers and I distinctly remember being more unwilling to stick my head out of the turret than I had been a month before. You know you felt at the end of it it’d be awfully silly to get killed just as the war was ending

    Was there ever any question of your unit being sent for the final stages of the Japanese war?
    I think probably not, you see because we had a great parade just after the war which was called was called Farewell to Armour in which we got rid of our tanks and said goodbye to them and became infantry again. Whether we would have gone to Japan I don’t know but I’m inclined to think not immediately. We would have had to retrain to be infantry. I think it would have taken a bit of time.
     
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    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details
    Name Carrington, Lord Peter Alexander Rupert
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Service No: 85592
    Regiment: 2 Armoured Battalion Grenadier Guards
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North West Europe 1944-45
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 01 March 1945


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  17. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks Diane,

    Fascinating read, when you think of men like Peter Carington and Airey Neave, makes you realise what we are very much missing from today's politicians. Not their fault I suppose, but lacking in life experience and substance.
     
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    Hi Steve,
    Perhaps it's also a case of being able to admire some politicians for something separate from politics; normally it all depends on whatever views we ourselves hold.


    The tank discussed in the interview
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryslemmings/121596745/

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    and I think this one this is the Sherman firefly at Bovington, painted to look like Sgt Robinson's who was also in No. 1 Squadron and also received a gallantry award for action on the Nijmegen bridge.
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    http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C9081276

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  20. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Diane,

    Yes, you're spot on there. It was just something that came straight to my mind in that moment. :)
     
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