The Sherwood Rangers in March 1945

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  1. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    Hi all,

    Just looking for information and associations with the actions of the Sherwood Rangers in March 1945

    All the best,

    Rm.

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    (Thread work in progress just at the mo. put please feel free to add any info or associations that you may have!)
     
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  2. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    The Sherwood Rangers in March 1945 - Links

    A Short History of the 8th Armoured Brigade
    Geilenkirchen to the Rhine.: http://www.warlinks....d/chapter_5.php
    The Crossing of the Rhine: The 8TH ARMOURED BRIGADE

    Operation Plunder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Plunder

    Some associated units at this time:
    Essex Yeomanry,
    4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards,
    4th Somerset Light Infantry,
    130 Brigade : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/130th_Infantry_Brigade_(United_Kingdom)
    Royal Engineers
    13th/18th Hussars
    12th Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps,

    WW2talk threads

    The SRY in NWE: Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry (SRY) in North West Europe

    The SRY in Jan 1945: The Sherwood Rangers in January 1945

    The SRY in Feb 1945: The Sherwood Rangers in February 1945

    The SRY in April 1945: The Sherwood Rangers in April 1945

    Maps

    Some maps of the NWE campaign: http://www.westpoint...an theater.aspx

    Operation Varsity Plunder (Mar 24-28) : http://liberationtrilogy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/gall-maps-27.jpg

    Crossing the Rhine: Crossing the Rhine, World War II

    Books

    An Englishman at War - The Wartime Diaries of Stanley Christopherson (Ed. James Holland)
     
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  3. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    The Sherwood Rangers in March 1945 - Events

    March 1944 SRY: Cleve (Battle honour), Goch (Battle honour), Weeze (Battle honour) to Isselburg Rhine (Battle honour)) See also: http://www.rememberi...8a896cf1ad7.jpg

    A Short History of the 8th Armoured Brigade:
    Geilenkirchen to the Rhine.: http://www.warlinks....d/chapter_5.php
    The Crossing of the Rhine: The 8TH ARMOURED BRIGADE

    History of the 51st Highland division : http://51hd.co.uk/ac...p_veritable_acc

    Thursday 1st March 1945 - The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and 12th Battalion The King’s Royal Rifle Corps having rejoined, a further assault upon the Weeze defences was launched supported by flame-throwing tanks. By dark the town was surrounded on three sides and during the night patrols entered the outskirts.

    Friday 2nd Mach 1945 - By 1000 hours information came that the town of Weeze had been evacuated which, coupled with the news of the, rapid American advance Northeast from the Roer, gave grounds for belief that the enemy were pulling out completely. The Corps Commander arrived at Brigade H.Q. a few minutes later and gave permission for the 8th Armoured Brigade to follow up with all speed....

    Sunday 4th March 1945 - Winston Churchill and Field Marshal Montgomery visit the allied troops at Goch and indicate that the next operation would involve crossing the Rhine.

    7th March 1945 - SRY pulled out of battle and harboured in Issum

    8th March 1945 - SRY at rest. Tanks maintained.

    9th March 1945 - SRY received orders to support by indirect fire an attack on Alpen but returned to billets as plan cancelled.

    10th March 1945 - SRY leave Issum and move to area Hees north of Geldern

    11th March 1945 - Orders to prepare to concentrate in the Goch area.

    12th March 1945 - SRY move to Goch area

    13th March 1945 - SRY in billets amidst the rubble of Goch.

    14-24th March 1945 - Training etc. prior to Operation Plunder (The crossing of the Rhine).

    Saturday 24th March 1945 - Operation Plunder (The crossing of the Rhine): http://en.wikipedia....eration_Plunder

    "The shambles which was Rees held out longer than was expected with the result that bridging operations had to be carried out by the Royal Engineers under direct fire from the East bank. Tank ferries were established by the evening of the 24th and the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards began to cross; "

    With some detail of this under "One more River to Cross – Operation Turnscrew – The Crossing of the Rhine" - about 90% of the way down the webpage at: http://www.creullyclub.freeuk.com/sept05.htm

    Sunday 25th March - Monday 26th March 1945 - The 13th/18th Hussars and Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry cross the Rhine.

    Tuesday 27th March 1945 - 8th Armoured Brigade H.Q., the 12th Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps and the Essex Yeomanry, who had been supporting operations from the West bank, made the Rhine crossing over the very fine Class 40 bridge.

    Wednesday 28th March 1945 - Rees and the surrounding area hold out longer than expected but by 28th March a breakthrough enabled the capture of Isselburg.

    Thursday 29th March 1945 - SRY move to Dinxperlo in the Netherlands for a brief, much needed rest.

    Friday 30th March 1945 - "The 8th Armoured Brigade with under command 4th Somerset Light Infantry in Kangaroos was loosed on Operation "Forrard On"; though as usual a break out battle had to be fought which lasted all day. 4th Somerset Light Infantry advanced on the right axis with 12th Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps on the left both supported by 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards. By evening the outskirts of Varsseveld were reached and 12th Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps on the left were in Silvolde. The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and 12th Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps were brought up to assist. Twenty-five miles were covered during this day." : The 8TH ARMOURED BRIGADE

    Saturday 31st March 1945 - "Fresh orders now arrived. The Brigade was to capture crossings South of Delden away to the East. Having handed over the Lochem area to 129 Brigade and 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, the force was under way by 0400 and, headed by two troops of the Royals, covered 15 miles at a remarkable speed. The bridges, however, were blown but a crossing seemed possible by a lock gate Southwest of Delden. B Company 12th Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps put in a very bold attack but found the position to be strongly held with well-concealed Spandaus and heavy mortar fire. After a most gallant attempt in which severe casualties were suffered the Company was withdrawn. The 130th Brigade with Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and 12th Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps under command, was now brought up and directed upon Hengelo by way of Enschede which stood at the head of the Twente Canal. Hengelo offered little resistance and the Brigade consolidated in that area. One of the V.2 supply routes into Holland had thus been cut. The 12th Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps pushed out in the evening towards Delden, patrolled during the night, and in the morning linked up with the forward troops of 4th Canadian Armoured Division advancing from their bridge-head over the Twente Canal.
    While plans for the further advance were being made Lieutenant-Colonel Phayre, commander of the Essex Yeomanry, was promoted to C.R.A. 11th Armoured Division, and his place was taken by Major Bob Hodges." :
    The 8TH ARMOURED BRIGADE
     
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    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

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    Hard Fighting: A History of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry 1900-1946
    By Jonathan Hunt

    Has some details (google books can also show in preview) on "Operation Plunder" and the SRY in March 1945...

    Hard Fighting
     
  6. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    IWM: Leppard, Ernest William Philip (Oral history)

    (Among a lot of other things, contains a lot of interesting coverage of the SRY over Feb-March 1945)

    ERNEST WILLIAM PHILIP LEPPARD, (ORAL HISTORY)

    e.g. "2/1945-3/1945: firing into forest; plan for attack on Cleeve; character of advance through forest; arrival in Cleeve; German defence of Cleeve; knocking out of tank. REEL 4 Continues: nature of fighting in Cleeve; withdrawal from Cleeve by amphibian to Nijmegen; burial of crew member; reception by Dutch civilians in Nijmegen; re-forming of crew; opinion of 17 Pounder armed Sherman; opinion of Sherman tanks; question of early model Sherman tanks being prone to catching fire; role of 17 Pounder Sherman; return to Cleeve. readjusting gun; story of attack on German positions in farmhouse near Goch, nature of four day ration packs; repairs to tank; opinion of German Jagdpanther tank; accommodation in Goch. REEL 5 Continues: knocking out of tank by Germans at Issum; sheltering in infantry bunker; return to knocked out tank and destruction of German machine gun. Recollections of crossing of River Rhine, Germany, 3/1945: technique for crossing river; incident of fire on back of tank near Rees; supporting Canadian troops; party with Canadian troops; reception at unit; unit tank casualties. Recollections of operations with Sherwood Rangers at Hengelo, Netherlands, "
     
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    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    This from 12th March 1945...

    7880500 Sgt.B.Symes
    Sherwood Rangers
    B.L.A.

    12-3-45

    Dearest Phyl,

    I’ve just been enjoying a bath, a nice big tin bath. I’ve put on some clean clothes and a new pair of slacks so feel a bit cleaner now.
    We’ve been listening to Harry Hemsley, he’s good and now Tommy Handley is piping, actually I don’t think he’s funny, a bit overdone.
    The coffee arrived today for which many thanks.
    I went to the orderly room today to see if there was any fear of a spot of leave, in the first place they avoided for heaven knows what reason, the latest number that has gone, but they did say I’d get leave this month and that my number is 259 and not as I thought 280. Anyway they said…

    P2… my turn is the last week in this month so that’s as near as I can tell you at the moment.
    This morning I bought a pair of good strong shoes they fit like a glove. Now I suppose I’d better get a collar and tie. I see our chaps going to England or Brussels all poshed up in their collars and ties and I haven’t bothered yet but if it’s home leave I must perk up a bit. I had a very nice pullover from Mrs Kellett’s Comforts, well knitted too.
    Captain Hawkins arrived back here two days ago. I was going to see him today. One of our officers was going to his regiment today so I was getting a lift in his car but he couldn’t get away. I expect…

    P3…he’ll go along in a day or so.
    The weather here is very nice now, quite warm and sunny.
    We’ve got a nice piece of pork for diner tomorrow. The pig was found wandering without visible means of support, at least that’s what they said when it was given to me.
    There isn’t a great deal more to write this time as there’s no letter to answer so I won’t struggle to add more to this. There’s the radio and blokes talking and one bathing gets on your nerves it do.
    So I’ll say cheerio and send a kiss to Rob and Janet and you too my dear from your loving husband Ben.
     

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    Goch Grabbed! - World War II (1945) | British Pathé

    In this explosive footage from 1945, Goch, Germany is grabbed by the allies in a barrage of Bofor gun fire as a part of Operation Veritable (aka the Battle of the Reichswald) during the last year of World War II.

    Full title reads: "GOCH GRABBED!" Goch, Germany. Various shots of the guns of tanks firing. Several shots of the batteries of Bofor guns firing. Several shots of the machine gunners in action. Various shots of the buildings burning in Goch. Back shot, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery in jeep driving along road to Goch. Large number of German POW's (prisoners of war) walking along road. British troops and bren carriers taking Goch.

    And: Invasion Scenes Germany: British Troops

    Description
    Unissued / Unused material.

    Goch, Pfalzdorf and Louisendorf, Germany, 1945.

    German prisoners walk along past British soldiers in trench, they are holding Vickers machine guns. C/U sign 'Goch Kreis Kleve'. M/S's antitank ditch, brief shot of dead soldier in it. Various shots of guns firing. British troops walk along through rubble and wrecked houses. Camera pans across burnt out train with wreckage of bombed houses behind. C/U railway tracks, pan up to burnt out train. Various shots of the rubble and wreckage of the destroyed city. M/S damaged Hitler Youth building. Various street scenes. M/S German prisoners walking with hands on their heads. Various shots as planes fly over. Various shots of Bofor guns firing at the planes.
     

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