B Sqn. 2nd Lothians and Border Horse. Royal Armoured Corps. - Argenta Gap

Discussion in 'RAC & RTR' started by ewe, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    All -
    Note the date of this action as taking place on April 22nd 1945 with the mention of a Sherman with a 17 pounder - the Italian campaign ended on April 29th

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  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    EWE
    meant to mention that the 25th Bde Armoured engineer group came originally from the 25th tank bde - the 145th RAC of the 21st Tank bde was broken up at Christmas 1944 - the NIH from 25th Tank bde moved over to fill the gap - at the same time the 142 RAC in 25th Tank bde was also broken up which left the 51st RTR all alone with the BDE Hq -so they were converted into the 25th Armoured/ Engineer Bde gruop with Hobo's funnies dozers - crocodiles - fachines - Arks all the odd ball stuff on Churchill Tanks
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  3. Hereward

    Hereward Junior Member

    Hi Tom,
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    Hereward
     
  4. Hereward

    Hereward Junior Member

    Hi Ewe,
    would you like to join the Facbook page?
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  5. Hereward

    Hereward Junior Member


    I have a copy of these diaries if you want a copy

    Hereward
     
  6. dbf

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  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I believe it was me that copied them for you :)
     
  8. Hereward

    Hereward Junior Member

    G.W. Martin was actually in 2 Troop B Squadron, my dad's troop! Only 3 tanks per troop, so they would have been good mates.
     
  9. Hereward

    Hereward Junior Member

    I believe they were called 'Ronson's', after the box of matches, not by popular and incorrect belief that fuel tanks were on the sides, but because the ammo ranks inside the tanks were stored on the inside of the sides. Thus a strike down the side, or more likely in the front but above the tracks on the side would instantly blow up or brew up the tank. Very sad, but often very quick.
     
  10. Hereward

    Hereward Junior Member


    Sorry to correct you but it's a popular misunderstanding. 12NOV42 was when Operation Torch began. The 2L&BH actually left Grennock, Scotland 27NOV42 and landed 2 weeks later in BONE 10DEC42. Of all the USA and British forces, the 2L&BH landed the closest the Afrika Korps. They were at the very pointy edge. I think that's what you call drawing the short straw!!
     
  11. Hereward

    Hereward Junior Member

    I would be interested to know more of your uncles service. Did you find anything more? Any photos during WWII and any photos of your dads trip in 1980 you can share with me as I am collecting data for a possible book on the L&BH.

    Hereward
     

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