Unit Diary 3rd Royal Tank regiment

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  1. somequestions

    somequestions Member

    Hello, iam looking for the unit diary of the 3rd Royal tank regiment especially for the time in Normandy. Does somebody have the documents in question?
     
  2. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    PM me and I can provide a link to download the transcribed version from the Tank Museum in Bovington.
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    What you after specifically? I've got a fair amount on 3 RTR inc their 1944 diary.
     
  4. Ray Westbury

    Ray Westbury Member

    Hello Drew.
    My dad was in C recce troop.
    Would you have anything on his unit?
     
  5. 13thbattalion

    13thbattalion Active Member

    Hi, I'm looking for some information about 3 RTR in Normandy between 6-29th June. I think I might have sent you a pm but I'm not quite sure how that works. I'm trying to find some information out about a friends dad who had his tank knocked out in Normandy.
    Hope you can help.
    Thanks
    Steve
     
  6. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Here is a transcribed copy of the 3rd RTR War Diary for June 1944.
     

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  7. 13thbattalion

    13thbattalion Active Member

    That is brilliant! Thank you so much.
     
  8. Steven Ronner

    Steven Ronner Member

    Is anyone able to supply the War Diary for the 18/19 July I am trying to find information on my Wifes Grandfather who was killed on the 18 July
     
  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    What year? 1944?
     
  10. Steven Ronner

    Steven Ronner Member

    Yes 1944 he was killed just outside Hubert Folie
     
  11. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Reference Map

    Hubert-Folie_ref_map.jpg


    1947

    Hubert-Folie_1947.jpg


    1972

    Hubert-Folie_1972.jpg


    2012

    Hubert-Folie_2012.jpg
     
  12. Steven Ronner

    Steven Ronner Member

    Thank you I found the original burial place which was to the left of the bottom of the avenue if trees 3 of the crew if 5 had been buried there and moved in 1945. Just trying to work out where they came into contact
     
  13. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    I like to think I know my way around this area but your details are confusing. Do you mention 'Avenue Ifs'?
    If so where is it?
    'Just outside' HF can be Bras, Bourguebus or Soliers.
     
  14. Steven Ronner

    Steven Ronner Member

    Sorry auto correct jumped in the avenue of trees that are on the pictures above is what I was talking about. I have a copy of the original war graves document which gives the grid ref when they moved the graves to a CWG cemetery I have via the British library managed to get a copy of the British army map of the time and the grid ref puts the original grave at the bottom towards the left as you look at the pictures above. There is also a good account of the action in the book Taking the Panzers but I am just trying to establish the full details as we are going over soon to pay our respects. One thing that is curious is that the graves are on the opposite side of the village to which the attack happened and I was wondering if the war diaries might shed some light on why
     
  15. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

  16. Steven Ronner

    Steven Ronner Member

    That's the one my tablet seem to auto correct when I send the reply
     
  17. Steven Ronner

    Steven Ronner Member

    See attached grid ref is down to 8 figures so outs the burial bottom left of the trees (map shows is further south but the no seems to be slightly off compared to the modern overlay)
     

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  18. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

  19. Steven Ronner

    Steven Ronner Member

    That looks spot on. Do you have any idea why the graves would have been there as it's the opposite side of the village
     
  20. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    The Goodwood Staff Report says that by midday the 'few' 3 RTR tanks that crossed the Hubert Foile-Bourguebus road were destroyed but they were still ordered at 12:34 to advance and secure the Caen-Falaise road only to be told at 12:50 to divert to clearing Bras and then Hubert Folie. The midday advance over the Hubert Foile-Bourguebus road is the only time there were any 3RTR tanks in that area on July 18.
     

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