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      2nd Armoured Battalion Irish Guards, GAD, Tank Casualties, 1945

      2nd Battalion Irish Guards

      Serial No.: F.9.


      Mark: VI

      W.D. No.: 224177

      Date: 2 Apr 1945

      Photo No.: 42

      Figure Nos.: 35, 37
      2nd Armoured Battalion Irish Guards, GAD, Tank Casualties, 1945

      Range: Not Known

      Cause of Damage: H.C. penetration.

      Fire Damage: Burnt out

      Other tanks involved in same incident: F.8. & F.10.

      Circumstances: Near Gildenhaus. Turret found at 12 o’clock. Same incident as Tanks F.8. and F.10.

      Position of Hit: Penetration 40 mm. diameter through plate holding 0.30” Browning mounting on right hand side turret.

      Course & Effect of Projectiles: The jet went to penetrate side wall of turret, hole 30 mm. diameter, and took a chip out of the front edge of the Commander’s hatch. It wounded the Commander and Gunner. Crew compartment burnt out, engine not burnt.

      Remarks: Tank seen. Information from R.M.O. and by post from tank Commander.

      Fate of Crew:
      Driver and Co-Driver: Unhurt.
      Commander: Wounded. Wound of preauricular region with fracture of ascending ramus of left mandible and zygomatic arch. VIIth nerve palsy. X-rays show no F.B’s. Still in hospital 24 September 1945. Final Category Not Known.
      Operator: Wounded. Head, fractured skull and wound of forehead requiring skin graft. Discharged hospital to ... [illegible due to type written on bottom edge of page.]
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