5 Royal Tank Regiment in 1942

Discussion in 'RAC & RTR' started by DavidW, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Does anyone out there know when in 1942 5 RTR first received Crusader MkII, Crusader MkIII & Shermans? I am pretty sure that they had them by the end of October.

  2. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    See attached.

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  3. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Sorry. Wrong equipment. See attached.

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  4. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Thank you very much David.

    I will take a look at those tomorrow and see if the information is contained therein.
  5. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Thank you again David.

    It would appear that the Crusader MkII were not new equipment, but ex 2RGH.
    Three Crusader MkIII arrived 5th September, but there is no mention of any Shermans. So they must have been post 23rd October, or Scotch mist!
  6. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Check you Joslen. Here is the regiment's equipment at Alamein on October 23rd, 1942. At Alamein the regiment consisted of ‘A’ Squadron in 16 Crusaders (Marks II and III), ‘B’ Squadron with 10 Sherman IIs and ‘C’ Squadron in 14 Grant Mk Is.
  7. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    But that 'A' Squadron is presumably the former 2 RGH Squadron (I believe 2 RGH had been disbanded by then?).

    All the best

  8. Peccavi

    Peccavi Senior Member

    I don't know whether you are interested in a general history of 5RTR in WW2 but Mark Urban has written and excellent book about them - Tank Men.
  9. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member


    I never think of Joslen for equipment, thank you!


    The MkII seem to be ex 2RGH, but the MkIII may have been new issue.


    I would be interested yes.
  10. Peccavi

    Peccavi Senior Member

    Sorry - bad memory

    I meant "Tank War" by Mark Urban - excellent book on 5RTR

    Tank Men is Robert Kershaw - not bad, bit messy,
    but dealing the whole british force
  11. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Can I now take us back to Late 1940?

    I always thought that 5RTR arrived in N.A with A & B Sqds: 14xA10 & 3x A10cs each + C Sqd: 18x A13MkI.

    But I see Frank Chadwick lists all three Sqds as A13 & with A9cs.

    Which is correct please?

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