67435 Lieutenant Reginald John Hubbard, 4 Royal Tank Regiment

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  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  3. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    Lt. Col Gatehouse went on to Brigadier under MG Lumsden of 7th AD at Sidi Rizegh.......both were still attached to the "Charge of the light Brigade" of earlier times and Monty got rid of both at Medenine - THEN the Tanks began to win

  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    From Barclays Duke of Wellingtons History:

    So far the day had gone well, but in the afternoon misfortune overtook A Squadron. The Squadron, which had previously been in reserve, was ordered to support an attack by the Irish Guards on some high ground, known as the Krenoub Feature, which lay to the east of the positions occupied by the Scots Guards. The ground was thickly wooded and provided excellent cover for enemy anti-tank guns. In the tense fighting which took place during the afternoon, both sides suffered heavily. A Squadron was particularly unfortunate in encountering such severe opposition in its first engagement, and within a short time ten tanks were knocked out and had to be abandoned. The blow was doubly severe as the Squadron Commander (Major T A Foweraker) was killed when the turret of his tank was pierced by a anti-tank shell.

    Colonel Jackson pays tribute to Major Foweraker in these words:
    Tommy Foweraker commanded A Squadron for several months before we sailed to North Africa in March 1943. He was a regular officer of the Royal Tank Regiment and had entered fully into the habits and ways of 145th Regiment. He had trained his squadron carefully and methodically and it was good. On Good Friday 1943 A Squadron was in reserve. The Regiment was supporting 24th Guards Brigade in an attack east of Medjez-el-Bab. By midday C Squadron had succeeded with the 5th Grenadier Guards in taking all of its objectives. B Squadron with the Scots and Irish Guards were not so fortunate, as they were held up and having a difficult time. As B Squadron was running out of ammunition and petrol, and had no means of refilling in action, I had to warn A Squadron to move to relieve them. This was a difficult task. It meant moving to reconnoitred positions, in contact with the enemy, at the end of the day's fighting, and linking up with infantry dug in somewhere on the objective. Tommy accepted this cheerfully and willingly. He moved off and made a perfect take over. However the enemy had decided to counter-attack, using all the tanks they could, to move B Squadron. A Squadron had not been in position more than a few minutes before the attack came. It was our second meeting with Tigers, assisted by Mk IV tanks. I was speaking to Tommy during the whole of this battle, which was desperate and fierce. After a little time Tommy assured me that the battle was going well, when suddenly the wireless cut out. His tank had been hit and he was killed instantly. His Squadron continued to put up a splendid resistance and suffered heavily in the consequence, but it succeeded in holding the counter-attack and thus ensured the success of the whole operation.
  5. Jonathan Foweraker

    Jonathan Foweraker New Member

    Thank you for posting - Major Foweraker was my grandfather.

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