8th Armoured Brigade Rest Camp at Louvain/Leuven

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  1. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    8th Armoured Brigade Rest Camp at Louvain

    Some Links...

    BBC - WW2 People's War - Norman Ellis's experiences at the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Brigade Rest Camp. Louvain, and the Education Office at Ochtrup

    Monty s Marauders

    The 8TH ARMOURED BRIGADE

    Keizersberg Abbey - Wikipedia

    Henri Reynders - Wikipedia

    IWM - audio - memories of leave in Louvain (Reel 7) - Render, David Desmond (Oral history) - Reel 7 - from about 7mins in.



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    Belgique-Louvain-Entree-De-Labbaye-Du-Mont-Cesar.jpg


    Some Events....

    B.E.F. IN BELGIUM [Allocated Title]

    "A" Squadron, 13/18th Hussars
    16 September 1944 - Same position. Organised trips to BRUSSELS and LOUVAIN.

    October 1944 - Rest camp established at Abbaye de Mont-C├ęsar [a Benedictine abbey].

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  2. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY AT THE ALBERT CANAL

    B9976 : Object description
    Original wartime caption: Field Marshal Montgomery talking to the crowd who surrounded his car in Louvain outside the Town Hall. In 1940 Louvain was the front line of the 3rd Div.in their attempt to stop the German Blitzkrieg. The Div. was at that time commanded by the Field Marshal.
     
  3. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    Louvain in 1940...

    B.E.F. IN BELGIUM [Allocated Title]

    IWM BDY 67
    Object description
    Unedited and uncensored newsreel rushes, partly filmed with sound, showing the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) advancing into Belgium to occupy the Dyle Line east of Brussels at the start of the German 'Blitzkrieg' offensive in western Europe and defending the city of Louvain as Belgian refugees flee the fighting.
     
  4. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    WO 177/881 - 168 Field Ambulance - October 1944 - TracesOfWar.com

    Has...

    OVERASSELT
    12th October 1944 - Information received that 8 Armd Bde had arranged and organised a Rest Camp at LOUVAIN, Abbe du Mont Cesar without previous consultation with S.M.O.. A demand was made for 1 Medical Officer, 1 Nursing Orderly and 1 Ambulance Car to be attached to this camp. No details or information of existing or required sanitary or other health arrangements supplied.
    Capt. Kraus detailed.

    BERGHALEN
    20th October 1944 - 2 Officers and 39 men went to leave camp at LOUVAIN.

    BERGHALEN
    22nd October 1944 - 1 Officers 5 O.Rs. left for leave camp at ANTWERP 10 O.Rs. to leave camp at LOUVAIN. 2 Officers 36 O.Rs. returned from leave camp LOUVAIN.

    BERGHALEN
    24th October 1944 - 1 Officer and 10 O.Rs. went to leave camp LOUVAIN and 10 O.Rs. returned from leave camp LOUVAIN. C.O. went to BRUSSELS to investigate illness of Major Scott.

    BERGHALEN
    25th October 1944
    1345 - C.O. returned from BRUSSELS.
    1 Officer and 5 O.Rs. returned from leave camp ANTWERP.
    10 O.Rs. returned from leave camp LOUVAIN and 10 O.Rs. proceeded to leave camp LOUVAIN.

    BERGHALEN
    28th October 1944 - Routine duties. 1 Officer 5 O.Rs. to leave camp ANTWERP. 10 O.Rs. to Leave Camp, LOUVAIN. 10 O.Rs. returned from Leave Camp, LOUVAIN.

    BERGHALEN
    30th October 1944 - C.O. visited Regts of Brigade re inoculations.
    10 O.Rs. to Leave Camp, LOUVAIN, 10 O.R.s. returned from Leave Camp, LOUVAIN.
    Capt. A. Hannun, RAMC posted to 35 F.D.S.30 Admissions B.Cs. Nil. Sick 5 O.Rs.

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    A selection of other War Diary references to "LOUVAIN"...

    https://www.tracesofwar.com/docs/wardiary.asp?menu=1&exact=1&lat=50.88333333&lon=4.7
     
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