Royal Armoured Corps: The Italian Campaign, 03/09/43 - 02/05/45

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  1. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Hi to all, after a heads-up from Charley about this booklet i thought that i would share these sketches & portraits (more information on the INTRODUCTION page 3.) I must admit that this has been a labour of love & a pain in the rear to do. Charley,I'm sorry that i lost the plot off the board. I've appreciated your advise. By the way, I'm not going to take has many photos with my phone again.

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    Stu.
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    More to follow.

    Stu. Edit: This booklet came in a card board tube & each page is of A3.
     
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  2. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    If any one would like a copy of the folder, then see Charley.;) ( I'm only joshing.) Please start a conversation with me & i will send.

    More to follow. Click on if needed.
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  3. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Here are some more. I'm just wondering if this thread has been moved from the Theatres of War: Italy, & a possible change to the title? Quite a few on this post.
    Stu.
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    rsz_22.jpg I like this one from my point of view.
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    More to follow. Edit, I was intending to put the Attached Files in my next post.
     

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  4. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    The pictures are all nice.

    I've since found another two copies on sale, but they've both been folded right across the middle which spoils the images.
     
  5. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    I would just like to add that the cost of the booklet was (only £25.00), & probably one of the best booklets that one has purchased..

    At least the bookseller was wise to put it in a thick cardboard tube. I almost feel guilty for paying such a small amount for something that is in mint condition!:D Quite a few to come before we get to the portraits of the officers that was painted by Grahame Drew. I cant make up my mind which ones are better. It would not be cricket to say so!

    Charley, when you get the chance, would you mind posting the remaining nineteen pages of the sketches? I will resize the ones of the officers. No point me posting all of the even numbers between the pages of 70 through to 96.

    Regards
    Stu.
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    Page 43.. San Marino has not changed much. I took a photo which almost looks indentical when i was on a battle-field study. I will have to post it. I cant remember which Gurkha Rifle battalion had been awarded a VC. Its either, 1/2, or 1/9 battalion? Going off the thread somewhat, but worth a mention. I also have photo of the memorial. I will do some digging & post them once all the booklet has been posted.
    Edit, page 46 Attached. Needing my specs, & some shut eye.:sleep:
     

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  6. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    The artist :

    197973 Captain Eric George Manning Royal Armoured Corps

    11th October 1914 - 3Q 1997 Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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    Art Student residing at Montague Road Wimbledon in 1939

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    Commissioned in the Royal Tank Regiment London Gazette 29th July 1941 p. 4361


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    Wounded in action 23rd July 1942 attached to H.Q. 2nd Armoured Brigade
     
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  7. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Guy, I was not expecting that. Thanks for your time.

    It would be interesting if anybody could come up with some detail about the 23rd July 1942? I would also be interested if the 1st Armoured Division did a divisional history?

    Regards
    Stu.
     
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  8. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Some more for the time being.Can i ask a question to one of the Mods, how is it that anyone has to Upload a File one by one, or is it me? Sorry if I'm missing the obvious.

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    Page 56 has been posted twice.:oops:.. Officers to follow.
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  9. BFBSM

    BFBSM Very Senior Member

    23rd July 1942 was during the action a at Ruweisat Ridge. Unfortunately I don’t have a copy of the Brigade War Diary for that period.

    The only single volume history of the 1st Armoured Division is a small book by John Plant, called The 1st Armoured Division.

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  10. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.

    Mark, thanks for your time. Someone else may be able to come up with the goods? Has I've mentioned in a earlier post, I'm not going to show all the even numbers of the Officers names. I will show page 70 has to how they look. I did try to find a correct font on my laptop, but no joy. Edit, its looking rather good.
    Stu.

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    72
    LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR CHARLES F. KEIGHTLEY, CB., D.S.O., O.B.E.,
    COMMANDER 5TH CORPS.

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    MAJOR GENERAL, H. L. BIRKS, D.S.O.
    MAJOR GENERAL, ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS.

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    MAJOR GENERAL H. MURRAY, D.S.O.
    COMMANDER 6TH BRITISH ARMOURED DIVISION.
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    BRIGADIER C. W. M. TIMMIS, D.S.O.
    BRIGADIER, ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES,
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    BRIGADIER J. F. B. COMBE, D.S.O.
    COMMANDER 2ND ARMOURED BRIGADE.

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    BRIGADIER K. C. COOPER, O.B.E.
    COMMANDER 7TH ARMOURED BRIGADE.

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    BRIGADIER R. B. B. COOKE, C.B.E. D.S.O.
    COMMANDER 9TH ARMOURED BRIGADE.

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    BRIGADIER D. DAWNY. D.S.O.
    COMMANDER, 21st TANK BRIGADE.

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    BRIGADIER R. H. B. ARKWRIGHT, C.B,. D.S.O.
    COMMANDER, 23 RD ARMOURED BRIGADE.


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    BRIGADIER F. N. MITCHELL, D.S.O.
    COMMANDER, 26TH ARMOURED BRIGADE.

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    COLONEL H. R. B. FOOTE, V.C. D.S.O.
    FORMERLY SECOND IN COMMAND 9TH ARMOURED BRIGADE.
    NOW BRIGADIER ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS,
    MIDDLE EAST FORCE.

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    COLONEL T. C. A. CLARKE, D.S.O.
    COMMANDANT, ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS
    TRAINING DEPOT.

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    COLONEL J.R. ROBERTSON, M.B.E.
    COMMANDER 1st ARMOURED REPLACEMENT GROUP,
    ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS.
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    The map below is different: (Clock the E.G.M. 1945. Eric George Manning!)
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    Charley, you can keep your A3 booklets to yourself in the future.;) Having said that, I'm glad that you give me a heads up. My next job is to get my scanner come printer reconnected to my laptop. I'm sure that i will be able to manage that without losing the plot.

    Thanks again. Another Edit, why has the even numbers of the Officers moved to the left.. I typed them in the middle has shown on page 70.. Rather frustrating.
    Stu.
     
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