My father drove a Bren Carrier in 56 Recce. A letter we have lists his squadron as "5". He served under MC Recipient Lt. John "Johnny" K Edwards, so if i can discover what that squadron was, that would be the same as my father's. Born in 1924, he began the war as a student - Battersea Grammar School. the school was sent from London. later my father joined the Pioneer Corps. as he was born in Rome he was considered an enemy alien. (he had never lived in Italy and spoke no Italian). in the Pioneer Corps he met and worked with many wonderful "aliens", mostly Jewish Germans who had fled Germany. According to my father, all were eager to join a fighting unit and do their part. the Pioneer Corps was the topic of a recent book " The King's Most Loyal Enemy Aliens" by Helen Fry. The subtitle mentions specifically Germans who were the majority, but the corps also included a few Italians. My grandfather who had fought in WW1 for Italy , then an ally, was interned in a camp, the Isle of Man. later in the war they were given their chance and my father was able to enlist in the Reconnaissance Corps in 1944. At that time, they were given the opportunity to change their name. My father went from being Franco De Angeli to Frank De Angeli. He said he was deployed after Monte Cassino and passed it on the way to join his group. When he met up with 56 Recce, a Lt. said to him, " are you related to Rico De Angeli?" and my father said that is my brother Rico. Lt. Edwards took my father into his troop and under his wing. My father served under Lt. Edwards, who he described as a true hero. Lt Edwards received a Silver Star and a Military Cross which according to my father was very much deserved. (Rico is F. F. De Angeli - Frederico De Angeli). My father who is alive but very frail, still talks about Lt Edwards. I recently showed him the MC and Silver Star Citations for Lt Edwards. Frederico ("Rico") F De Angeli was part of i believe a Bucks Paratrooper group. he was dropped on D Day and part of the fight for "Pegasus" Bridge. he was injured on D Day and spend i think 7 months in hospital . My father's service was in the "Gothic Line" part of the fight, and the main struggle centered around the heavily fortified River Senio. the River itself was mined, the banks were mined, the hill above the banks were dotted with armed turrets, and a tunnel ran along the River for resupply and communications. The 56 Recce was the first allied unit to enter Austria after surrender. he said his first night in Austria his job was to guard "white Russians" who had fought with the Germans against the Communist soviet Army. they were about to be repatriated to the Soviet Union where they would certainly be killed. they were considered to be unpredictable as they had nothing to lose. My father said he was assigned as a partner a German solider. we have a small German dictionary with my father's name and a wartime date in it. i asked my father about it and he said with a smile there was a young lady he was fond of. of course, the soldiers were discouraged from making friends with the civilian population. At the end of the War, my father and other "young" Recces were pulled into other units, and my Dad was moved to the 12 Royal Lancers and sent first to Egypt and then to Palestine, where they were assigned the job of keeping the peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis. i have a letter he wrote to his father from the RACTD which i can type up - scan would be impossible to read. i have photos of him in 12 Royal Lancer Uniform. i have some photos of him in i think Egypt or Palestine maybe someone will know. i have the descriptions of the actions from the MC and SS citations which presumably my father was present at. I don't have his service records. he did not want to sign the request. Feb 3 2018 i have uploaded one picture i found which i think must be from his time in the Recce. it looks like it must have been a group of small photographs on one sheet which were cut up and shared. my father had written on the back but the note is incomplete due to the dividing of the pictures. all I can make out is "the morning after" and "Frank 1944". my father Frank is standing in the middle of the back row. we have a couple of commercial postcards from "Aigen Im eminstat mit Grimming, 2351 m" and "Heiligenblut 1301 m mit Grossglockner 3798 m". no dates. on one occasion he told me he was in "osterhoff" Austria at the end of the war. i do have more photos from a sunnier clime, likely Palestine. sadly just the one from 1944.