Were there any drawbacks to being a tankie in Burma ?

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by Owen, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Probably from C Squadron, 3rd Carabiniers as this unit supported 2nd British Infantry Division at Mount Popa, but couldn't find any reference haw it was lost.
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  2. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Addition to mentioned incident with captured 25 pounder. From Connolly's "Soldiers Son's Don't Cry":

    It was on the 6th of May that 5 Troop were ordered to try to destroy what was supposed to be a Jap 75-millimetre but in the exchange of fire the troop leader’s tank was hit and completely destroyed with the loss of its complete crew. When this position was eventually overrun it was discovered that the gun had not been a Jap 75-millimetre but a British 25-Pdr; the tank with its crew had not stood a dog’s chance. This disastrous event had killed some of the most experienced crew members of the squadron, men who were well liked and who at this stage of the campaign would be very difficult to replace, but it must also be stated that in the last eight to ten days in action the squadron had lost seven out of the remaining eleven tanks and our officers must have been aware that our guns were shot out and completely inaccurate at any range over 100 yards.
  3. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Some really good tank pics in Burma, here including A 3rd Carabiniers tank on Mount Popa.http://www.fireandfury.com/painting/burmaarmypaintingguide.pdf
  4. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    Just a pair of wild guesses, based on looks only: :unsure:

    1. Magnetic mine placed on top of the engine compartment?
    2. Very lucky mortar hit on said location
  5. Combover

    Combover Guest

    I find this a very odd statement. Could it be referring to the 37mm? There's no way a decent 75mm wouldn't accurately fire to over 100 yards. The barrels would have to be like a wizzard's sleeve for that to be the case!
  6. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    I would think that the heat and humidity must have been absolute hell for the crews, possibly worse than in the desert. When closed down in action there would have been precious little ventilation, either. I wonder how often commanders had to relieve tanks and crews because of dehydration and heat exhaustion.
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Clive posted that link in post #4

    here's the photo you mentioned.

    the wrecked tank also in this pic.
    SE 3860

    Infantry supported by Lee tanks approach Mount Popa as the Japanese begin to retreat, 20 April 1945.

    THE BRITISH ARMY IN BURMA 1945. © IWM (SE 3860)IWM Non Commercial Licence
  8. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Sorry but book doesn't give more details. By the end of war 3rd Carabiniers still used the same tanks in which they fought at Imphal.
  9. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

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