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Artefacts - Northern Europe 

 

 

The purpose of this page is to provide a source of pictures and other information that may be of interest to anyone browsing the website, relating the 4th Armoured Brigade's service in Northern Europe. It will change as and when items are available to be added to it.

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No 4 Troop, 'A' Squadron, 3rd CLY clearing the guns of their tanks in the Tank Park, Navarino Road, Worthing, in May 1944.

 

Pictures of 3rd County of London Yeomanry (The Sharpshooters) at Bovington Camp.

 

Sherman Firefly from C Squadron 3rd County of London Yeomanry (The Sharpshooters), in Normandy

Note the 123 'Unit Serial' sign on the offside front and the half hidden 'Black Rat' on the nearside front of the tank.

 

Some interesting photos from the Liberation of Molliens Vidame on 1st September 1944. (Please see the request for any information from Alain Chantrieux below) 

The Village was liberated by 4th Armoured Brigade, with 'C' Squadron, 11th Hussars under its command. The men are most likely from the Royal Scots Greys (though 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry was nearby and did pass through the area) and/or 2nd Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps

Children of the Derney Family with a member of 4th Armoured Brigade. Courtesy of Alain Chantrieux

Villages welcome the men of 4th Armoured Brigade. Courtesy of Alain Chantrieux Damiler Armoured Car from C Squadron of 11th Hussars (under the Brigades Command) in the village. Courtesy of Alain Chantrieux

Valentine Bridge Layer in the village, probably from 4th Armoured Brigade TAC HQ. Courtesy of Alain Chantrieux

M3 75mm Half-Track from C Squadron of 11th Hussars (under the Brigades Command) in the village. Courtesy of Alain Chantrieux

Molliens Vidame on 1st Sept 1944
Children of familly Derny
If you recognise someone on those pictures or you have other information on this village liberation as other pictures, thanks to contact me : alain_chantrieux@hotmail.com 
Libération de Molliens Vidame le 1er Sept 1944
Enfants Derny sur cette photo
Si vous reconnaissez l'anglais sur cette photo ou que vous disposez d'informations sur cette épisode merci de me contacter : alain_chantrieux@hotmail.com

 

Pictures of 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry, in Holland in December 1944.

Men of 3rd/4th CLY (The Sharpshooters) next to a Sherman Firefly, in Stamproy, Holland, December 1944

Men of 3rd/4th CLY (The Sharpshooters) with some villagers from Stamproy, Holland, December 1944.

 

3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry, negotiating a road block in Brunen, while advancing to cross the Rhine

 

3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry, after crossing the Rhine

A Squadron. passing British Gliders, 26th March 1945

A Squadron, near  Diesfordferawald forest, 26th March 1945

 

Shermans of 4th Armoured Brigade Keent, 1944

Well camouflaged Shermans in front of the church at Keent. Alas they are camouflaged for the countryside and not the town! Picture, courtesy of Tom Maton (4 RHA) and Wesley Haex.

 

Some coloured photographs of 4th Armoured Brigade in and around Weert, The Netherlands, December 1944. 

Courtesy of the grateful people of Weert / Met dank aan de inwoners van Weert.

A unit Postman with sack of mail Crew of a 44th RTR Sherman view a 'Plum Duff' from their branch covered tank

The crew members are: Left to right Trooper R Buckley Trooper J Round and Sergeant H Kirk. 

 

Lorry and Driver from No. 5 Coy RASC.

A lorry from No 5 Company, RASC, with its Driver. Note the 'Micky Mouse' Camouflage and the clear Brigade badge of the front nearside.

 

Lorries and Driver from 4th Armoured Brigade Ordnance Field Park RAOC.

Courtesy of Graham Darby.

L/Cpl Les Darby and Ted Dobson in front of their lorry. Another lorry from the 4th Armoured Brigade Ordnance Field Park, call 'Peggy'. Note partial AoS mark which is ?97

Courtesy of Graham Darby

Courtesy of Graham Darby

4th Armoured Brigade Ordnance Field Park RAOC at Schloss Nehmten after the end of the war. Courtesy of Graham Darby

Football in the snow

Outside of the building

Swimming and boating in the lake

Inside of the Schloss (which is rather grand) 

Embarkation Slip, prior to Normandy Landings 1944.

Courtesy of Graham Darby.

4th Armoured Brigade, Order of the Day 1944.

Courtesy of Graham Darby.

Order of the day, Christmas 1944

Order of the day, Christmas 1944

Unit Spotlight.

Unit Spotlight, Front Page

Unit Spotlight, Rear Page

4th Armoured Brigade Shoulder Flashes as issued to the Troops

 

4th RHA Carrier with liberated German Staff car, in Normandy.

Pictures of a 4th RHA Sexton, Holland 1944

4th RHA Sexton. Note the Browning MG mounted on it instead of the normal British preferance for a Bren Gun. Picture, courtesy of Tom Maton (4 RHA) and Wesley Haex.

4th RHA Sexton on near Hushoven, north of Weert, 1944. Picture, courtesy of Tom Maton (4 RHA) and Wesley Haex.

Picture of a 4th RHA Sexton and crew from C Battery

C Battery, 4th RHA, Sexton commanded by Sgt Tom Maton (Second from left in front row) plus Troop Commander. Note 1191 Unit Serial on Arms of Service sign (Red/Blue, with Army Troops White Bar underneath), denoting it was still considerd the senior Regiment in 5th Army Group Royal Artillery, although the men clearly wear the Black Rat of 4th Armoured Brigade. The White Circle in Dark Square above it is unknown at present. Picture, courtesy of Tom Maton (4 RHA) and Wesley Haex.

 

Men from 4th RHA between two Sexton SPGs towards the end of the war, with their 'trophy'.

Picture courtesy of Jim and Ann Reid. Jim Reid is on the left next to the ropes.

NB. If anyone recognises someone in the picture please contact me, as Ann Reid would like to hear from you.

44th Royal Tank Regiment - Normandy, The Siegfried Line and Christmas 1945

Firefly from 44th RTR " Crossing the Orne at London Bridge". The photograph was taken as they crossed the River Orne they gave Richard Dimbleby a lift, he was on a push bike, which they threw onto the back of the tank. The radio operator Stanley Cornett is holding a peice of paper, Walter Kosh the tank commander, you can just see the elbow of Dick Richardson - Gunner and the driver was Frank Garside. Courtesy of Dave Cornett.

Men from 44th RTR on captured 'Beetle' tanks, photographed as they crossed the Siegfried Line. From left to right Walter Kosh, Commander. Dick Richardson - Gunner. Frank Garside - Driver. Picture courtesy of Dave Cornett.

Men from 44th RTR celebrating Christmas in 1945. Picture courtesy of Dave Cornet

Some Pictures of 'C' Squadron, 44th RTR crossing the Rhine in DD Shermans

Photographer Tpr Tom Denning, courtesy of Peter and Denis Knight.

Photographer Tpr Tom Denning, courtesy of Peter and Denis Knight.

Photographer Tpr Tom Denning, courtesy of Peter and Denis Knight.

Photographer Tpr Tom Denning, courtesy of Peter and Denis Knight.

 

44th RTR in Germany

Photographer Tpr Tom Denning, courtesy of Peter and Denis Knight.

Bocholt at the end of March, sitting on their camouflaged DD Sherman, a few days after the Rhine crossing  Left to right, they are: Tpr Renee Houston (wireless op), Lieut Wally Arsenault, Tpr Denis Knight (co-driver), Tpr Bert Arrowsmith (driver), and Tpr Tom Denning (gunner).

Advancing into Bremen

Photographer Tpr Tom Denning, courtesy of Peter and Denis Knight.

Advancing into Bremen. These are still DD Shermans, but note Firefly on the right of the picture.

Tank Crew in Lubeck - Left to Right: Bert Arrowsmith, Denis Knight, Renee Houston, Tom Denning.

Tanks of 'C' Squadron, 44th RTR at Schloss Rantzau, at Plon in Schleswig-Holstein

Tank Crew in Lubeck - Left to Right: Bert Arrowsmith, Denis Knight, Renee Houston, Tom Denning.

Tanks of 'C' Squadron, 44th RTR at Schloss Rantzau, at Plon in Schleswig-Holstein

Some pictures of 44th RTR in Europe from John (Jack) Downing, courtesy of his son, Brian Downing

A landing somewhere

Sherman Firefly with John (Jack) Downing

A landing somewhere

A Sherman Firefly somewhere in Germany

Liberation of St Nicolas

Humber Scout Car somewhere in Germany, with John (Jack) Downing

Humber Scout Car somewhere in Germany, with John (Jack) Downing

 

 

A Jerboa Broach made with two Dutch coins, a little smaller that a modern British 1p coin.

 

Order of the Day from Brigadier Carver, 6th May 1945

Click on picture for larger image. Courtesy of Graham Darby

 

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