Valentines on a North Country Moor - 25-26d8m1941

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  1. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    There are a few IWM photo series, such as, for example...

    H13033 - Valentines on a North Country Moor, taken around 25/26d8m1941...in "the Whitby area"... although as noted on p20 of "None Had Lances" - "security was so tight that we had to cover up our Divisional sign on the vehicles".

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    VALENTINES ON A NORTH COUNTRY MOOR
    H13031 - Object description
    Original wartime caption: Three Valentines about to go down a heather clad slope into the valley below.

    VALENTINES ON A NORTH COUNTRY MOOR
    H13032 - Object description
    Original wartime caption: Two Valentines in a picturesque moorland setting.

    VALENTINES ON A NORTH COUNTRY MOOR
    H13033 - Object description -
    Original wartime caption: Some of the Valentines operating in a picturesque moorland setting.

    Etc.

    VALENTINES ON A NORTH COUNTRY MOOR
    H13038 - Object description -
    Original wartime caption: Some of the Valentines in action during the exercise.

    VALENTINES ON A NORTH COUNTRY MOOR
    H13039 - etc. - Object description
    Original wartime caption: A Valentine tank being hauled aboard a transporter for conveyance. In this way the tracks are saved excessive wear on the roads.

    The images of the tank - T15975 are quite prominent online...
    t15975 valentine - Google Search

    As it has been used as an image reference for modellers...

    However there are also refs to a Canadian T15975 that "didn't leave Canada" - pictured - being used near Ontario in 1942... which is puzzling me.

    I think it would be quite hard, currently, to say if for certain these were the 24th Lancers' "Valentines on a North Country Moor" - although the 24th Lancers War Diary also references...

    24th L - War Diary -
    Whitby
    25/8/41 National Press reporters visited the Regiment on training.


    There aren't many of those pictures though, that show individuals well. There is this one... but even it is not particularly clear, plus it is hampered - in the original "zoomable version" by being orientated on its side - "portrait" rather than "landscape" etc.

    VALENTINES ON A NORTH COUNTRY MOOR

    H13037 - Object description -
    Original wartime caption: Communication is maintained by radio telephoning between each tank and headquarters.

    For further reference...

    Ian Kerr...

    TRAINING TANK DRIVERS

    H21482 - Object description
    Original wartime caption: The Squadron Leader (sic), Lt. Ian Kerr, who was a farmer from Midlothian, Scotland.

    Taken 15/16d7m1942 - just under a year later...


     
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  2. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron

    Fylingdales Moor near Whitby. I used to cycle out there in the 1950s to watch the Territorial Army at play, sorry exercise. Twice I witnessed parachute drops from USAF Flying Boxcars.

    Mike
     

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