44 RTR - War Diary for March 1945

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  1. alberk

    alberk Well-Known Member

    does anyone have copies of (or a link to) the war diary of the 44th Bn/Royal Tank Regiment for the month of March 1945? And if so, would there be chance to send it to me? Any help would be much appreciated!
    Thank you!
    Bild_Kanadier und Panzer.jpg Canadian paratrooper posing with the crew of a DD-tank of 44 RTR after the Rhine crossing. This photo was taken by a Canadian photographer on March 25th in the hamlet of Bergerfurth.
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  2. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    I have a copy of the regimental history:

    Anon. A History of the 44th Royal Tank Regiment in the War 1939-45. Brighton: 44th R.T.R. Association, 1966.

    If you would like a copy of the March 1945 activities from this, I can post it.
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  3. alberk

    alberk Well-Known Member

    Hello dryan67,
    thank you for the friendly response and your offer - I would certainly like to take a look at the relevant pages of the regimental history. Basically, I am interested in the training with DD-tanks prior to the Rhine crossing and the actual crossing and subsequent actions until March 27...
    With best regards!
  4. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    I will copy those pages and post them if they are not many or I will PM you with a link to download if there are too many.
  5. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    I wonder,

    Would there by any chance be a reference to a Trooper William Wickham in there?

    All the best,


    7961375 - Trooper WILLIAM GEORGE JOHN WICKHAM - Casualty Details | CWGC


    Service Number: 7961375
    Regiment - Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. 44th
    Date of Death - Died 27 February 1945, Age 22 years old
    Buried or commemorated at REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    46. A. 14. Germany
    Country of Service - United Kingdom
    Additional Info - Son of William Edward and Nellie May Wickham, of Welling, Kent.
  6. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Here is all that there is about that period from the regimental history:
    44thRTR01.jpg 44thRTR02.jpg
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  7. Alex1975uk

    Alex1975uk Well-Known Member

    44 RTR diary is typed up on the Pegasus Archive. Scroll to the bottom of the war diary section.
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  8. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    Would you mind giving me a link the right page on the Pegasus Archive for the 44 RTR War Diary.

    I am struggling to find it.


  9. alberk

    alberk Well-Known Member

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  10. M3Grant

    M3Grant Member

    Good morning,

    Do you have a PDF link for the book that you would be willing to send? I am trying to find out what troop Charles David Walter Arsenault was in. He was in C Squadron and won the MC in 1945. He destroyed a Panther in Holland 1944.
  11. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Sorry. All I have is a Xeroxed copy of the book. I will take a look and see if there is anything that would connect Charles David Walter Arsenault to a particular troop or squadron. Finding this out from a regimental history is rare but possible. I will get back to you.

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  12. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Sorry, there was no mention of Charles Arsenault in the regimental history during the period in 1944 in Holland..
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  13. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian

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