Any other contemporary unit histories at Company level?

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by 8RB, Jul 19, 2020.

  1. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Taking a break not sure when I will be back

  2. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Just got sent this picture of its cover...

    23H A Sqn.jpg
     
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  3. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Taking a break not sure when I will be back

    Re Audio recordings: Are you aware that these are being collected for public consumption on the internet by a certain University Project. They are currently contacting relatives for permission to use them.
    Not sure how many years they will spend waiting for replies or what Covid will do to slow them down but will let you know if I hear more.
     
  4. Christian Fletcher

    Christian Fletcher Active Member

    I might be repeating myself (or others) here but I've been through my library and found these other 'small' units

    67 AA S/L Bty RAA
    210 Atk Bty -"Mars & Venus"
    236 Atk Bty - "Tank alert"
    226 HAA Bty
    338 HAA Bty
    79 LAA Bty
    310 S/L Bty
    474 S/L Bty
    C Bty 12 RHA
    A Trp/P Bty 1 Cdn Survey Regt
    L Trp 33 Bty 7 NZ Atk Regt
    6 Bty Natal Fd Arty

    Surprisingly, all gunners!
     
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  5. Christian Fletcher

    Christian Fletcher Active Member

    Here's another lot. A bit of everything.

    Recce Sqn 5 RDG - "First in, last out"
    22 Dgns - "Achtung Minen!"
    8 Hussars - "Troop Leader"
    7 Fd Coy RE
    209 Fd Coy RE - "Platoon commander"
    50 RTR - "Wartime adventures of B Sqn Corpse"
    D Coy R Ir Fusiliers - "Say not the struggle" (France 1940)
    R Northumberland F - "Diary of a soldier"
    Somerset LI - "18 Platoon"
    Welsh Gds - "Ensign in Italy"

    And, very different!
    15054 A.M.E.S. - "Off the war with 054" (RAF radar in Normandy, etc)
    502 M.A.C. - "What a wat to win a war" (ATS, Motor Ambulance Convoy)

    Now I'll go away and hide! Cheers.
     
  6. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    "Mars and Venus" is new to me. Then again I've never tracked down a copy of "Tank Alert" either.
     
  7. Christian Fletcher

    Christian Fletcher Active Member

    M & V is a very small book, mainly about the BEF. The author was in action near where the Wormhoudt Massacre took place. Interesting in a very personal way: not much militarily. cheers
     
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  8. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Are these contemporary unit histories? I did look up a few, which seemed to be biographies written at least several decades after the end of WW2. Probably great books, but not the purpose of this thread (see post #1)... :D
     
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  9. Christian Fletcher

    Christian Fletcher Active Member

    I take your point and you are correct. Certainly some of those I have listed are partly or mostly biographical but they are all based on small unit diaries, official or unofficial. Most were printed/published immediately after the war and most of the others based on diaries that ended with the war and lay around abandoned until publication in the 80's & 90's (when publishers suddenly realised there might be a market?).
    I try to collect those books which add to my knowledge of the way it was on the ground. The War Office (politicians & the Civil Service mainly but the General Staff as well) have never approved or supported the production of unit histories by the workers. This is in direct contrast to New Zealand where every effort was made to produce proper unit histories, as well as the official histories. Special monographs were also produced (like L Troop, 33 Bty).
    That being the case, I'll take what I can get! Some, like Platoon Commander, are more biographical but have real military content and context. "Achtung Minen" and "Flamethrower" are personal memoirs based on personal diaries. So was Peter White's "With the Jocks" which was hidden away for 50 years. But what would we have if we didn't have them?
     
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