"Two Churchill Squadrons" 153 RAC and 9 RTR

Discussion in 'RAC & RTR' started by Swiper, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    While sorting out the vast piles of notes and copies I have... I stumbled a copied copy of the above.

    It is a 'scrapbook' following both Regiments. Now I never saw this at Bovington, and its in a pile of papers I found - but incomplete. I wondered if anyone had a copy or was aware of where one could be found in a museum, as my searching has thus far proved fruitless.
  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    I have a copy of Peter Beale's 9th RTR - "Tank Tracks" if that is any use…

  3. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    Tom, I'm mostly after the 153 RAC information currently as it relates to Greenline where 9 RTR was to be committed, but then their support was no longer needed.

    May take you up on the offer when I come to do my 9 RTR work!
  4. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    sure anytime - just glad to help…

  5. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    I've found out - thanks to Trooper Jim - that the full scrapbook is in the IWM Archives...

    Problem is its jolly hard to find on their catalogue, surprise surprise!
  6. morrisbox

    morrisbox New Member


    Brand new to the forum, but Dad was with 153 Regt, and after that 7RTR. Interested in the scrapbook in the IWM archives as I find it difficult to find anything on 153 Regt, does it contain much information that isn't already available? Also, do you have a catalogue number, since I always find the IWM collections very difficult to search

    Many thanks

  7. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    I'll dig it up and send it to you Morris.

    Basically much of it is 7 RTR, I have notes on almost all the 153 RAC material. That said if you like your Churchill tanks... its chockaful.

    Very incisive account/exploration of the use of 153 RAC and 7 RTR as well as the kit they used, fair whack of humour in there as well.

    It depends what you want to know on 153 RAC... much isn't really readily available so from that standpoint its a great step forward.
  8. KevinT

    KevinT Senior Member

    Do you know if there are any tank names or specific census numbers listed anywhere? I have 28 known 153 RAC named Churchills so far.


  9. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    I think I'm on 50 so far...

    I pulled them together from tons of sources, got a rather fat file on 33 AB and 34 TB regarding all this.

    Numbers are harder and still a work in progress.

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