Website 8th Rifle Brigade (11th Armoured Division)

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  1. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    According to the late Bill Gray, 23rd Hussars, the tank commander in Malines is 'Matelot' Stephens (first name unknown).

    The lady below is the 'baby':

    Malines-1944-003.jpg
     
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  2. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    For the 8th Rifle Brigade, Christmas 1944 was celebrated in 1945. In December 1944, they had other engagements: they were called upon to fight the Germans in the Ardennes. Christmas was only finally celebrated on 21 January 1945, in Bree, Belgium. Photo: G Company’s Christmas dinner table. On it some cans of English beer. See also: D-Day to VE-Day - 8th Rifle Brigade


    8RB G Coy Christmas table Bree Belgium - 21 Jan 45.jpeg
     
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  3. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    I like that shaft of light streaming in. Wonder who sat in that place....
     
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  4. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Whoever it was, he won't have seen much of his companions... ;)
     
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  5. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    They would have seen him all right :wacko:
     
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  6. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    This weekend, I finally "finished" and added organisation schedules for all companies in the 8th Rifle Brigade (the Motor Battalion of the 11th Armoured Division), to http://8thriflebrigade.co.uk/organisation-8th-rifle-brigade/. Some of these schedules however are still far from complete. Any additional information would be much appreciated!!!

    If proof were needed, the schedules certainly confirm that life as a platoon commander was an extremely risky job...

    Chart G Coy.jpg
     
  7. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    First part of maps section added to http://8thriflebrigade.co.uk/maps/ : 20 wartime (GSGS) maps showing 8th Rifle Brigade's route from Normandy to the Belgian border.

    001A - GSGS-4042 Le Havre.jpg
     
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  8. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    How big are your Normandy 1:25000 Maps? I need a detailed copy of 7F/2 1:50,000 if anyone has one and have all the other 50.000 maps scanned as c. 52 mb 6000 x 4000 TIFF images. If you have any 1:25,000 as decent scans I would not mind copies.
     
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  9. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    I have a few decent Normandy 1:25,000 maps (between 10 and 40MB size). They are Caen, Cheux, Creully, Francevill Plage, Ouisteham, Ryes, Thaon, Torrigny and Vassy. If you send met your mail address, I could send them to you through WeTransfer. 7F/2 1:50,000 (and much more) you can find and download at Troarn (link found in excel which I found somewhere else on this great forum!).
     
  10. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    Got it in 50 screen grabs and stitched it together for at 7000 x 5000 5mb Jpg and 70 mb TIFF.
     
  11. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    I usually download the 1GB file and then save it to a smaller size (10 to 20MB), using photo viewer. Still, you've got it!
     
  12. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Addition of a further 8 maps on 8th Rifle Brigade's advance through Belgium, in September 1944. From Tournai to Antwerp and then towards the Dutch border: http://8thriflebrigade.co.uk/maps/
    022A - GSGS-4022-Lille-Ghent - Brussels-Liege.jpg
     
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  13. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    In case you missed it the IWM have put the entire B Series online. A lot are low quality 'phone-photos' but every photo is there so you can now check either side of a pic you are interested in.
     
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  14. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Thanks! Will certainly take a good look!
     

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