War Diaries 21st tank Brigade

Discussion in 'Higher Formations' started by Gerry Chester, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. Gerry Chester

    Gerry Chester WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Hi Churchill tank friends,

    Here are is the first war 21 Tank Brigade. Those of 12 RTR next posting.

    Cheers,

    Gerry
     
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  2. Gerry Chester

    Gerry Chester WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Hi Adam,

    Attachment did not come up. Help please'

    Gerry
     
  3. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Adam

    Come on as I am dying to see what we were up to in both North Africa and Italy......

    Cheers
     
  4. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Gerry,

    After you have 'Attach[ed] This File' you have to click the 'Add to Post' (on the right of the the blue bar in the stack of attached files) to insert it in or after the text.
     
  5. Gerry Chester

    Gerry Chester WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Thank you so here goes - doing one at a time so I don't hopefully goof.
     
  6. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Sorry, still no attachments.
     
  7. Gerry Chester

    Gerry Chester WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Attachmemts are there when previewing post but something happens en-route. OK when attached to an e-mail to myself.

    Giving a rest until kicking the gremlins out.

    Tom,

    None of the 21st TB records at Kew start before 1942 - tried searching in 4th Infantry (Mixed ) Division records with success. Anyway, starting on 48 RTR diaries after a cup of Yorkshire tea.

    Apologies for cluttering up the topic.
     
  8. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Gerry - not too surprised as the 145th was created from the Dukes on 15th November '41 and was building strength until around April '42 when they moved to Cumnock in Ayrshire at which time they appeared to join with 21st ATB- and it was

    not until 21st April '43 that Captain Newton- Thompson's troops engaged their first Tiger and PzMk iv's at or near Medjez with 10th Bde 0f 4th Inf Div - then to 25th ATB- then it was fun from then on

    Cheers
    Tom
     
  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Sorry, chaps - D's just given me a heads-up about this.
    Gerry, Email 'em to me (I'll send you the address) and I'll get 'em sorted.

    ~A
     
  10. Gerry Chester

    Gerry Chester WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Thank you Adam

    Right in the groove now - in about a week should have 21st TB, 12th RTR, and 48th RTR done ( then will send them) then its on to 145 RAC

    25th TB and NIH are done - 51st is a whopper with about 200 plus diary pages to do, then with 142 RAC the Med is done.

    It is facinating to find so many transfers of personnel between the six units.

    Toying with the idea of doing the same for the Churchill units in Western Europe.

    Cheers,
    Gerry
     
  11. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Gerry
    same thing struck me about the transfer of Personnel in both bdes - we started off with a new Colonel from NIH - and he went back for the Hitler line do - then returned - then we had nine officers in "A" sqdn at the beginning of the

    Gothic and a month later we had lost 3 KIA - 3 wounded - and 3 promoted and transferred - sqdn leader Major Lyll Lusted to CO of 12th RTR - Major Ingram to "B" sqdn to be killed in first action - Major Newton- Thompson to "C" sqdn to be

    wounded - it was all go in those days

    Cheers
    Tom
     
  12. Gerry Chester

    Gerry Chester WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Fun and games in Italy?

    "1630 hrs
    CRASC Band in B Sqn lines.
    Canadian Concert Party “Rapid Fire” arrived.
    7 girls had lunch in HQ offrs Mess."
     
  13. Gerry Chester

    Gerry Chester WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    View attachment 78th-Infantry-Division-Longstop.doc

    Here is the 78th Infantry Division's Longstop report.

    To answer Ron's question. It is indeed "our" David Dawnay who became recognised as the foremost exponent of the Churchill tank.
    He ended his career as Major General Sir David Dawnay, CB, DSO.

    A gentle response to Tom's figures re NIH losses. The regiment went into battle with 39 Churchill View attachment 78th-Infantry-Division-Longstop.doc Mark IIIs and IVs and 14 Shermans. Of the 25 tanks that were put out of action 10 were destroyed - 5 each Churchills and Shermans - 'B' Squadron Leader's Ballyrashane which I was aboard having the dubious honour of being the first knocked out. The other 15 were quickly repaired by the RE chaps as the low level firing of the dug-in Panthers most times hit the tracks/bogeys.
     
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  14. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Gerry thanks for posting

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  15. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    Thank you Gerry for posting

    Lesley
     

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