B Sqn 3 RTR 18th July 1944

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  1. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Yes, the phonetic system changed post War.
  2. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    "Operation Goodwood" The British army biggest tank battle with some 600 allied tanks taking part in Normandy 18 - 20 July 1944. Remembering all those who took part in the operation and those who are still there. In particular "Eric" Albert Turner 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, a desert rat from North Africa who fought at the sharp end and went back again and again. Of such men as these the Prime Minister Winston Churchill had this to say whose life expectancy in the tanks in Normandy was 20 days. "It is a painful reflection that probably not one in four to five men who wear the kings uniform ever hear a bullet whistle, or likely to hear one." "The vast majority run no more risk than the civil population in Southern England, it is my unpleasant duty to dwell on these facts. One set of men are sent back again and again to the front, while the great majority are kept out of the fighting, to their regret. (well perhaps!)."
    It is a fact the British Army's casualties in the Second World War were far fewer than those suffered in the First, nevertheless, daily casualty rates suffered by the Allies in Normandy equalled and exceeded some of the worst days of 1914 - 1918. For the 86 days between 6 June and 30 August 425,000 on both sides were killed in action. So much so, the death rate in Normandy became critical it brought the Adjutant General down from the War Office in London to warn General Montgomery, they only had replacements for two weeks.
    Given this, these men can rightly claim the frieze along the top of the Bayeux Memorial - "We, once conquered by William, have now set free the Conqueror's native land." But for these men in 1940 when Britain stood alone in Europe, we will remember them all the tall poppies. We who have come since have been fortunate to have lived in the lucky half of the twentieth century.

    An afterthought, I have to say, the British Army shot such men as their fathers in the Great War, for the sake of example.

    Thank you Sheila
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  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Posted in another thread by Mr Jinks aka Kyle

    From The Pendulum of Battle Operation Goodwood July 1944

    Sergeant Eric Whittaker, a troop sergeant in B Squadron, was in a Sherman Firefly heading for Hubert-Folie: As we got near the village we suddenly started losing tanks from 88s and tanks well concealed on the ridge. To my immediate left Sergeant Dickson was brewed-up by a gun hidden in a haystack, which I immediately eliminated. To my rear Corporal Taffy Richardson was also hit. On getting to the ridge I was hit twice. On baling out I found that my driver, Jack Turner, had been killed, the operator/loader, Harry Palmer, badly wounded in the leg, and the gunner, Titch Everett, had his foot blown off Nearby Sergeant Bob Lawton's Firefly had been struck on the gun mantiet, which had put his elevating gear out of order, so we got my two wounded men on bedding rolls on the back of his tank and got them back to the MO, Captain Macmillan.'

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  4. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Thank you Gentlemen your prompt response in solving problems on our behalf is much appreciated. Thank you. Sheila
  5. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    We believe this picture to be of Trooper Palmer or Everett of B squadron 3rtr taken in Aldershot spring 1944. Can anyone confirm the ID of this young man please

  6. gash hand

    gash hand Well-Known Member

    Can anyone identify this young man please, we believe it may be Trooper Palmer or Everett of B squadron 3rtr. photo may have been taken in Aldershot 1944. Anyone with any thoughts or ideas please let us know thank you.


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