Which beach did 153 RAC land on, July 4

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  1. peterjankers

    peterjankers Member

    My father was with 153 RAC and because of bad weather conditions did not land in Normandy until 4 July. Would anyone have any idea as to which beach 153 landed on?
     
  2. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    Notes are sketchy in 153 RAC War Diary, stating ''disembarked in France' then move to a 'Wood north of Coulombs MR. 894769'
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Here's the war diary entries for the start of July

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  4. peterjankers

    peterjankers Member

    Thanks for that Swiper and Drew5233
    Looks like the only way I'll be able to find out is to find someone who was actually there - or perhaps someone whose father was there
     
  5. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    I've already cleaned Bovvy's info out on them. When I'm next down will have another shufti for you. Essex Regt Museum has little to nothing bar an album (of training) when I last enquired.

    If you want to know more generally... get hold of Death of a Regiment by John Foley, its the slightly fictionalised account of 153 RAC in action.
     
  6. peterjankers

    peterjankers Member

    Thanks Swiper - have hust ordered a copy
     
  7. Charles Hooper

    Charles Hooper New Member

    Sword beach. My great-grandfather Cpl. G. A. Wright was in 153rd (8th Battalion, Essex Regiment) Regiment, R. A. C. He was a Tank Commander and was in the last tank of his column when 153rd R. A. C. were battling their way to Gavrus. I believe he also had the responsibility of training his fellow soldiers. He was a cyclist and belonged to a cycling club where he won a few medals so, was very fit. He died on the 16/07/1944 aged 33.
     

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