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by grimmy
Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Kriegsmarine
Topic: Marinekriegsschule Husum
Replies: 2
Views: 2753

Re: Marinekriegsschule Husum

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While under control of 23rd Hussars (May 1945 - Jan 1946)
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Aerial view
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by grimmy
Mon May 28, 2012 4:17 am
Forum: Photographs
Topic: By train to the frontline...............
Replies: 68
Views: 27105

Re: By train to the frontline...............

Not everything was straightforward.....
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by grimmy
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:55 am
Forum: Photographs
Topic: NSKK Wriezen
Replies: 0
Views: 1838

NSKK Wriezen

A couple of photos taken at the NSKK Training School, Wriezen, 1943:
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by grimmy
Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:32 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Operation Goodwood / 23rd Hussars
Replies: 32
Views: 17639

Re: Operation Goodwood / 23rd Hussars

I think it was a case of 'all hands to the pump'.

Blacker did say that his gunner was 'no less a personage than the Regimental Sergeant Major', which suggests it was unusual.
by grimmy
Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Operation Goodwood / 23rd Hussars
Replies: 32
Views: 17639

Re: Operation Goodwood / 23rd Hussars

Hi Alan,

Yes it does sound strange. I don't know how long this situation lasted - but certainly long enough forWass to account for at least one German tank.
by grimmy
Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:21 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Operation Goodwood / 23rd Hussars
Replies: 32
Views: 17639

Re: Operation Goodwood / 23rd Hussars

PS

Having just read Blacker's 'Soldier in the Saddle', the only detail I can add is that his gunner (whilst in HQ SQuadron) was the Regimental Sgt Major. This I know to be RSM Wass.
by grimmy
Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Operation Goodwood / 23rd Hussars
Replies: 32
Views: 17639

Re: Operation Goodwood / 23rd Hussars

Hi Spreaders, Monkey Blacker was initially 'C' Squadron Leader. We know the members of his tank crew because he names them in his autobiography 'Monkey Business' : Bert Horrobin (operator), Sam English (driver), 'Oscar' Ward (gunner) and 'Buttons' McGrath (co-driver). In July 1944 Blacker was promot...
by grimmy
Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:30 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage
Replies: 19
Views: 11429

Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Hi Simon H,

It's not something I would be keen on doing under any circumstances :!:
by grimmy
Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:26 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage
Replies: 19
Views: 11429

Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Spoke to Dad last night (a Sherman driver). He reckons on hard ground you would have about 14" clearance. Less, probably much less, on soft ground. He said escapes by this method were very rare.
by grimmy
Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage
Replies: 19
Views: 11429

Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Thanks Rich. That makes sense - I understand the Fireflies were often commanded by lower-ranking men (a corporal in this case) because they were usually the first to be targeted.

I confess I didn't know about the escape hatch - was it usable when the tank was upright?
by grimmy
Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage
Replies: 19
Views: 11429

Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

A 'then and now' from my trip to Normandy last week:
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Beny Bocage August 1st 1944
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Beny Bocage July 28th 2011
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by grimmy
Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:00 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage
Replies: 19
Views: 11429

Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

The following extracts are taken from The Battle: A Tank Officer Remembers by Lt. Geoffrey Bishop MC, 23rd Hussars. Published privately (no date). All comments [within brackets] are my own. Page 42 "Later in the afternoon my fourth tank arrived and I met the crew for the first time. Corporal Gilbert...
by grimmy
Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:54 am
Forum: Translation Requests
Topic: Photo inscriptions
Replies: 3
Views: 1358

Re: Photo inscriptions

Very grateful for that. Many thanks.
by grimmy
Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:12 am
Forum: Translation Requests
Topic: Photo inscriptions
Replies: 3
Views: 1358

Photo inscriptions

Two more inscriptions on the reverse of some photographs. The first shows a group of tanks in a field, the second has some young soldiers on a tank in what is probably the NSKK school at Wriesen. Thanks in advance.
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by grimmy
Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:10 am
Forum: Translation Requests
Topic: Translation please
Replies: 5
Views: 1284

Re: Translation please

That's great. Thanks men.