Discussion in 'NW Europe' started by Trux, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. Bala

    Bala Member


    I have just found the BAYEUX OS Map that you posted a few years ago and wonder
    Please could you let me have a copy of the adjoining map to the south if you have it. My father was Adjutant of the Hallamshire Battalion and was involved in the battles around Fontenay le Pesnel

    Thank you kindly
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  2. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    That particular map is a 'one off' intended to show Port Winston and the other infrastructure developments in about August 1944. I'm not aware of any other maps in the series. Lots of maps exist of the Fontenay le Pesnel area, the best likely being 7F/1 Caen at 1:50000 scale (copies are available online in various libraries).
  3. Temujin

    Temujin Member

    Link to Caen 7F/1 for you (McMaster University Archives). You can download it in two resolutions, medium or high (1Gb file) (give it a minute to download)


    A quick “screen shot” from the map……you can zoom in and out, take a screen shot of the area you need…….or download the entire file for your use as required.

    Last edited: Jun 5, 2021
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  4. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    ...and I'm guessing Tessel Wood in particular?
  5. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    did you keep copies of the LSI Empire Arquebus pics and the LCAs at Spithead? If so would very much like to see them?
  6. Dom Winter

    Dom Winter Member

    Has anyone got anymore detailed information on 176 battery / 146 Regt HAA - my grandfather served with them and I am investigating his movements through 1944 and 1945
  7. Neil Thornton

    Neil Thornton Member

    [/quote] Ram SP 25pr from 147 Field Regiment RA [/quote]
    I thought for the invasion that everyone converted to 105mm and M7 Priest with conversion back to 25pdr in late June.
    Wonderful listing never seen anywhere else
  8. Only 3 Br Inf Div and 3 Cdn Inf Div converted to M7. The three Fd Regts under command 50 (N) Div were Sexton-equipped. More details here:
    Sexton Units in NW Europe question

  9. Chris Neil

    Chris Neil Member

    can anyone provide any information on the 1048 port operating company and specifically an incident on 3rd August 1944 when 11 men from the company were killed. I am particularly interested in the person below

    George Alfred Pearson - 13034621

    George Alfred Pearson was born in Sheffield in the third quarter of 1913, first child of James Henry Pearson and Annie Elizabeth (nee Herring). Later the couple lived at
    26 Green Arbour Lane, Thurcroft He was married in Rotherham in 1935, and the couple had four children and lived at 1 Granville Street, Laughton Common.
    George enlisted in the Army, service number 13034621, and was a Sapper in the Royal Engineers, 1048 Port Operating Company. He died on 3 August 1944, one of eleven men from the unit that died that day. He was 31 years old and is buried in La Delivrande War Cemetery, Douvres, which is about 8 miles north of the strategic town of Caen in Normandy, France.

    Other deaths from 1048 same day

    George Blewitt – sapper age 21 no known grave -

    Leonard William gridley- sapper age 25 no known grave -

    Frank turner – sapper age unknown - Spr Frank Turner (unknown-1944) - Find a Grave...
  10. Chris Neil

    Chris Neil Member

    hi Michel

    yes I di das I had convinced myself that he had landed at Sword beach but then later found out it was actually Gold so apologies and than you for the link to the war diary
  11. Paddy WIllis

    Paddy WIllis Member

    Hi Roy
    Apologies, I didn't see this until now. Sadly not - all are in the archive of the D-Day museum at Southsea.
  12. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    Hi Paddy,

    Thanks for the reply,

  13. Mechtraveller

    Mechtraveller New Member

    Trux, I think you are probably right on the pre WW1 French 75mm gun at Wn37 ( agrees with you), but there seems to be a lot of confusion over the size.
    Wikipedia on 'Asnelles' and James Holland in his book 'Brothers in Arms' say it was a 77mm gun. James is a phenomenal historian and rarely wrong. I don't like to go against him!
    Specialist sites,,, and all say it was an 88mm.
    Can you throw any more light on it?
  14. Mechtraveller

    Mechtraveller New Member

    ... oh, and I forgot, the Sherwood Rangers plaque on the side of the casemate says it was an 88mm.
  15. Arty

    Arty Member

    "Large gun emplacement for French 75 mm wheel gun with wheels removed and
    fitted on to a swivel mounting. The gun fired eastward along the beach
    with an arc of fire of about 60° centre on bearing 050...."
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  16. I guess you have found JH's "phenomenally historical" source for the 77 mm version...
    As for the 88 mm one, everybody knows that every German gun was an 88 mm...

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  17. Mechtraveller

    Mechtraveller New Member

    Lol! No I'm not sure I have got to the bottom of JH's provenance, but you are spot on with the 88mm!

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