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On the net since 1994. Still don’t know what I’m doing.

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The 23rd Hussars was part of the 29th Armoured Brigade of the 11th Armoured Div., which comprised  23rd Hussars, 3rd Royal Tanks, 8th Rifle Brigade & The Fyfe & Forfar Yeomanry.

   Two lads from Formby, John Brunt and his mate,  John Laidlaw, volunteered to do "their bit". As John said later, "It's better to drive to your death, than to walk to it". This was a reference to their decision to join the tanks from the infantry. A good decision, as it transpired, they made it through the war in one piece.

Operation Dracula: They "covered 3010 miles throughout England, testing and reporting on the performances of all the current tanks of the British Army. 100 miles by road, and then 100 miles across country." It was hard work, but the outcome was worth it." Verbatim.

 

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 Follows a potted piece excerpted from the official 23rd Hussars  "Do You Remember....?" booklet.

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Regimental Diary
Booklet- Do You Remember?

The enemy

Ever get that sinking feeling..?

Note of encouragement

Date

Theatres of action included:

June 16th.

Colombes.

Lots of reminiscing going on at Feldgrau.net mostly by one of the lads who was there, Will Gray.

June 28th.

Cheux

 

June28

Hill 112

Sherman  (the ‘Ronson’ - one strike and it lights!)

July 18th.

Caen

Link  SNAFU.  John & Bill Dorrington's tank was knocked out, they were missing, presumed dead. Shortly back from the dead.

August

Presles

 

 

Bas-Perrier.

Intense weeks under fire.

 

Beny Bocage

A' Echelon were bombed. 24th Lancers arrive.

 

L'Aigle.

88's all around.

1994- John received a certificate of thanks from the good people of Flers, for their liberation 16th/17th August 1944

 

Amiens

 

September

Belgium

The latest game: chase the bosch.

 

Antwerp

Scenes of joy from the Belgians.

 

Ijsselsteijn

 

October

Leunen

First rest for a long time.

Christmas 1944

Ardennes

 

January 1945

1945

 

March

Schoot

Re-equipped with the new Comet tank, John (on top with the glasses) throwing a few into Dunkirk. Personal photo of the tank crew.

15th April 1945

The 23rd were the first troops to  reach Belsen . And everything you have ever heard about that place is true. The camp commandant, Josef Kramer, had the notorious Irma Grese to help him. She was eventually hanged.

 

May 4th.

 

 

May 8th

 

Germans pack it in.

 

 

“Yes it's true, just heard it on the B.B.C.!". THE END.

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A report From Henry Standish, News Chronicle War Correspondent

(extract from News Chronicle, Wed  8 Nov 44)

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An interesting personal view by Eric Patience on the D-day landings, on a BBC site.

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