Sherman named LANDRECY II Regiment of Foot?

Discussion in 'Vehicle Names and Census Numbers' started by KevinT, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. KevinT

    KevinT Senior Member

    I was recently sent a link to this image from the IWM collection and wondered if anyone has any knowledge of this vehicle name or come across it during their research. I have attached an inverted copy so the name can be read. The name is LANDRECY II and is a Sherman V, looking at the spacing between where the bogie housing should be. I have looked through regimental battle honours with no success. Landrecy appears to have been the site of several sieges over the centuries and I did wonder if perhaps the “owners” of the wreck may have been a Regiment of Foot.

    The text to the IWM image B 8409, doesn’t give too many clues only that going by the date it was KO’d within the first month of the war.
    “Wrecked Sherman tanks and carriers being broken up at a vehicle salvage dump in Normandy, 1st August 1944”

    Thanks for any input.

    Cheers
    Kevin
     

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  2. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hello Kevin,

    There were individial Battalions from Regiments of Foot converted to tanks, for example, the 6th Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (the 5th Regiment of Foot) were converted in late 1938 into 43rd Bn Royal Tank Regiment. So the answer to your question "I did wonder if perhaps the “owners” of the wreck may have been a Regiment of Foot." is that it is possible.

    Did you have any particular Regiment of Foot in mind?

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  3. KevinT

    KevinT Senior Member

    Hello Kevin,

    There were individial Battalions from Regiments of Foot converted to tanks, for example, the 6th Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (the 5th Regiment of Foot) were converted in late 1938 into 43rd Bn Royal Tank Regiment. So the answer to your question "I did wonder if perhaps the “owners” of the wreck may have been a Regiment of Foot." is that it is possible.

    Did you have any particular Regiment of Foot in mind?

    Best,

    Steve.

    Hello Steve,

    I am not really up on any specific Regiments of Foot to be honest, I just wondered if there were any particular British Regiments of Foot involved in any seiges of Landrecy. From what little information I do have the name does not appear as a Battle Honour. Then again the Regiments could have been merged many times over the centuries.

    Cheers
    Kevin
     
  4. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Regiment of Foot?! You may have to wash your mouth out as it might be a Guards battalion which fought at Landrecies in 1914 and left a lot of Shermans around Caen.

    Landrecies involved 4th (Guards) Brigade:
    2nd Bn, the Grenadier Guards</SPAN> 2nd Bn, the Coldstream Guards 3rd Bn, the Coldstream Guards 1st Bn, the Irish Guards
    2nd Bn, the Grenadier Guards</SPAN> 2nd Bn, the Coldstream Guards 3rd Bn, the Coldstream Guards 1st Bn, the Irish Guards
    2nd Bn, the Grenadier Guards
    2nd Bn, the Coldstream Guards
    3rd Bn, the Coldstream Guards
    1st Bn, the Irish Guards

    As 2 Grenadier Guards were an armoured regiment in 1944, they'd be my prime suspects (though it's all very speculative).

    Having now looked at that photo, that flash under the name is an odd one...
     

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