Hello all, Slightly "fun fact"... There's a nice anecdote about a "reconnaissance" by a small group of B squadron SRY (in a jeep) led by Michael Gold being "the first British fighting soldiers in Paris since the occupation (on 27th August 1944)... An Englishman at War: The Wartime Diaries of Stanley Christopherson DSO MC & Bar 1939-1945 ...in "An Englishman at War" - the Wartime Diaries of Sanley Christopherson (ed. by James Holland) - As this "trip" was not apparently "officially sanctioned" it sadly doesn't seem to get a mention or any fanfare in the SRY WD though 27th Sqn Ldrs Conference at R.H.Q. Regt at 24 hrs notice to move, but orders were received at 1230 to move at 1315 – to an unknown destination by a then unknown route. We eventually moved 65 miles and arrived at the Seine at VERNON at 2015. We got a tremendous reception from the inhabitants of all the places through which we passed. C.O. met Cmdr 43 Inf Div at 2200hrs . The plan has now been altered slightly and the whole of 8 Armd Bde Grp is u/c 43 div. We support 214 Bde and 4/7 D.G. 130 Bde – back these Bdes having established bridgeheads over the SEINE at VERNON when Sappers have constructed bridges. But then they don't deign to mention Paris (liberation etc.) in the SRY WD at all, as they were actually "racing" by it at the time. Does anyone know of any other British units that officially/unofficially also "claim/claimed" to have "got there" first??? especially since "Paris fell" on the 25th... All the best, Rm.