23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

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Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Post by Simon H » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:23 am

grimmy wrote:I confess I didn't know about the escape hatch - was it usable when the tank was upright?
You could get out through the floor escape hatch if the tank was upright, but it would be a struggle... If you were a small tankie then OK. On very soft ground it would be a gamble, as you might be crushed!
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Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Post by grimmy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:26 am

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.

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Post by Simon H » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:41 am

Hi Grimmy,

I've personally done this on several occasions! It's possible on solid ground. But I wasn't under fire at the time!!
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Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Post by grimmy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:30 am

Hi Simon H,

It's not something I would be keen on doing under any circumstances :!:

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Post by SgtFHillsgrandson » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:12 pm

I have been posting pages from the book about the 23rd Hussars on my facebook page "23rd Hussars".

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Post by billyleblond » Mon Aug 30, 2021 12:42 pm

Hello,
I just joined this forum I was previously subscribed to the facebook page on the 23rd hussars which unfortunately no longer exists.
I'm the curator of the museum La Percée du Bocage and I would like to share with you this group and page that I recently created.

https://sites.google.com/view/11th-armo ... rd-Hussars
https://www.facebook.com/groups/11th.Armoured.Division

Best Regards
LEBLOND Billy

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Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Post by billyleblond » Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:59 am

BBR (Black Bull Research) team.

*****CALLING ALL MEMBERS OF OUR GROUP WITH ACCESS TO GENEALOGY SITES*****

We have reached the milestone of locating 200 of the potential 1915 photographs of the Fallen of The 11th Armoured Division.

Always seeking alternative methods of locating more photographs.
Recently, Cheryl Stannard, a supporter of my ongoing project, quickly located 3 photographs, with only limited research time, using one of the major genealogy sites.
She did so by searching for soldiers (hopefully with photographs attached) within existing family trees.

I AM SEEKING GROUP MEMBERS WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO CARRY OUT FURTHER SEARCHES.
PERHAPS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO SEARCH A REGIMENT THAT YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN?

If you declare an interest to me I could ensure that there is no overlap in the research.

You can work at your own pace, devoting whatever time you can spare. No pressure whatsoever.

The 11th Armoured Division Roll of Honour, compiled by Billy LEBLOND, contains details of all 1915 men who died from D-Day 6-6-1944 to 8-5-1945. Individual Regiments / Battalions / Corps / Squadrons etc can be viewed in date of death order.
The link to the Roll of Honour is https://sites.google.com/view/11th-armo ... -of-honour
With regard to the photographs already found, my latest posts within our group will always carry up to date lists. I split them into 2 groups: Normandy Campaign 6-6-44 to 31-8-44 and post Normandy Campaign 1-9-44 to 8-5-45.

PLEASE CONSIDER THIS REQUEST SERIOUSLY AND MESSAGE ME IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO HELP, DECLARING A PREFERENCE TO A PARTICULAR REGIMENT IF YOU HAVE ONE.

I am very committed to this ongoing project. Photograph No.1 out of the 200 is of my uncle Joseph Alfred Curtis (attached).
77 years after the event I find it very fitting and worthwhile to be able to reveal the human faces behind the statistics, and to ensure that the photographs of these heroes are contained in a collection that can be viewed by all of us.

I HOPE THAT THERE ARE GROUP MEMBERS WHO SHARE MY ENTHUSIASM, AND TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE SERIOUS INROADS INTO FINDING THE POTENTIAL 1715 PHOTOGRAPHS NOT YET FOUND.

THANK YOU.
Post FACEBOOK from ROBERT CURTIS on Saturday October 9th
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1273687 ... 3007229188

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