1 R/T/R at Alamein

Discussion in 'North Africa & the Med' started by DavidW, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Can anyone confirm which of the following Squadron tank distributions is correct for 1 R/T/R at 23/10/42 please?

    October 1942 either A Honey, B Grant, C Grant. Or A Cru II, B Grant, C Sherman
  2. idler

    idler GeneralList

    A Honey, B Grant, C Grant

    This tallies with the few references in Delaforce's Battles With Panzers to 'the two Grant squadrons' and A Sqn losing Stuarts.
    The Sherman/Grant/Crusader mix dates from early 1943.
  3. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Crikey that was quick!

    Many thanks.
  4. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    while the 300 Shermans were promised by FDR to Churchill on the surrender of Tobruk - not all of them made it to El Alamein on time as many were still in the shops awaiting better filters - engines et al - and so most Tank battalions were a mix of all of the above - with six Churchills being in action - the first since Dieppe - then later in the March '43 two brigades of Churchills landed in North Africa but by that time many more Shermans had been delivered.

  5. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    At El Alamein the 1st Royal Tank Regiment had 24 Grants in ‘A’ and ‘B’ Squadrons and 19 Stuarts in ‘C’ Squadron.

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