Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by KevinT, Oct 15, 2019.
Most are from British Pathe and have the film numbers attached.
More to come.
Not sure about SHEEPSHOLDER and SWASHBUCKLER
The footage showing Stockbridge, Steendorp and many others was taken at Westervoort. The house on the left side in the image is still there :
Not SHEEPSHOLDER but SHARPSHOOTER (see when we started listing LVT names 8 years ago!):
SWASHBUCKLER it is:
Apologies you are correct. I updated the name database but forgot to change the name on the image.
Some I can't identify :
Great photos Arjan! All three new to me. Last pic shows ARGOSY 2C from 26 Amphibious Assault Squadron RE.
Previous pic also shows an LVT(4) from the same unit (name beginning with 'A'), possibly the OC's craft (see the 2 small letters on the front).
I believe BEAUVILLE (from 79 Amphib Aslt Sqn RE) is 1D, possibly 1C.
Thanks Michel ! The second pic shows a ship yard in the background, "Chantier Navale de Rupelmonde" so it seems this pic was taken near Antwerp. Remarkably the village of Steendorp is nearby. I have often wondered about the name "Steendorp" and why an LVT was given this name.
First photo name looks like ANSON but cannot be sure.
You must be right on Kevin. ANSON matches perfectly what can be seen of the name, and also fits with the maritime theme of many of the Royal Engineers LVT names.
Tuning the half-toning down a bit:
A correction to my previous post on this LVT: the 2 small letters on the front plate are probably not 'OC', because SHQ at that time normally had only 2 LVsT, 0A & 0B. The first sign, a digit representing the Troop number (0 for SHQ) might also be something else than 0. The 'A' Squadron triangle is however quite clear.
In the same vein, here is ADMIRAL NIMITZ 2A P5822214 of Captain Cyril James (Jimmy) HENDRY (261494), OC 2 Tp 26 Aslt Sqn RE, with Captain W. A. Teed of the North Shore Regiment, Embarkation Staff Officer of 8 Canadian Infantry Brigade near Terneuzen on 13 October 1944 (LAC PA-168671):
'BEAUVILLE' is 1D (seen here at Westkapelle):
That pic of BEAUVILLE is interesting because the pic I posted was most probably taken during the assault across the Braakman inlet. At some point, therefore, the LVTs that took part in the Braakman assault were transported to Ostend for the landing at Westkapelle. I wonder how these LVTs were transported to Ostend, by road (tank transporters) or would they have used the Gent-Terneuzen canal ? I also wonder which book about the 79th Armoured Division (there are several) provides the most info on LVTs and Terrapins (I'm not terribly interested in the other vehicles).
ARGOSY 2C. The name would make it 26 Aslt Sqn RE, but there seems to be the 'B' Sqn symbol on the top right corner of the ramp, which would make it 77 Aslt Sqn instead, whose names should have begun with a 'B'. Probably a remnant from a previous allocation, because it stands at the location where the 79 Armd Div emblem should be...
Arjan, do you know the film number of the following British Pathé frame showing ARGOSY that you recently posted on twenot? There might be previous frames showing the Squadron symbol on the front of the vehicle, although one might guess a faint triangle just to the left of the '2C', in one of its standard locations:
I downloaded these stills some 10 years ago from Missing Lynx I think. I haven't come across the footage in question during my most recent searches of BP film material. My guess is that the footage was taken in the south-eastern region of Holland. Perhaps someone else knows where to find it.
Two unusual names side by side. I think this was originally sent to me by Michel.
Hi Kevin it's a pic from the Beeldbank Zeeuwse Bibliotheek taken in Middelburg. To me "SERAPIS" is new (just found it) :
Terrible name .
From the October War Diary of HQ 5 Aslt Sqn RE (26, 77, 79, 80 Aslt Sqns plus 82 Aslt Sqn & 11 R Tks under command):
Sqns released from op and prepared to load LVT on tptrs
The LVsT concerned were from 26, 80, 82 & 79 Aslt Sqns & 11 RTR, which was to fill any spare space on transporters. They were to climb out of the SCHELDT in that order starting at 1400 hrs, at 414176 near OSSENISSE where they would meet the transporters. Loading was to be on the road running south from the harbour. After loading, they were to harbour by squadrons for the night of 27-28 on the main road to HULST. Transporters were then to move in blocks of 10 at 30 min intervals along route:
SAS VAN GENT
via LONDON route to DEINZE
Right at X rds 759795
RORP at map ref 668023
LVsT of 77 Aslt Sqn, which had not been engaged in Op VITALITY, moved separately, also on transporters, on 28 Oct and unloaded at OSTEND docks.
Much obliged Michel ! I located the stills of the tank transporters in my place of birth Axel. The transporters were travelling down the "Kerkdreef" coming from either Terneuzen or Zaamslagveer. The latter would be more logical if these transporters had indeed come from the Ossenisse direction. although this would mean they hadn't taken the main road. I marked the white and blue dormer window in the transporter still :
Same spot but the camera man had crossed the street :
A copy from a Canadian pdf file with a nice account of the journey on the Gent - Terneuzen canal preceding the Braakman inlet assault :
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