A number of the RMASG's Centaurs and Shermans were taken over by a newly-created unit called 'X' Battery RA and was assigned to CRA 6th Airborne Division. That unit was in turn replaced after a few weeks by 1st Canadian Centaur Battery RCA, who continued to operate the Centaurs in support of 6th Airborne Division (often working very closely with 6th Airborne Armoured Recce Regiment, which by then had acquired Cromwells). They were finally disbanded in early September 1944.If people are interested a few months ago, the Britain at War magazine produced an article on the Royal Marines Support Group on DDay.
Originally the Centaurs were to be mounted on landing craft, with their engines removed because their Liberty engines were so underpowered and unreliable.
But a change of plans meant they were to go ashore, and provide fire support. So the engines were refitted and drivers supplied from the RAC/RTR replacement pool.
Edit. The Armoured Support Group only lasted until DDay +14 and were disbanded. I'm trying to find out who took their tanks over.
It has been a tradition in the Andrew for an extremely long time, that the Booties operated on a Capital ships, one of the rear most turrets.
Normally in Cruisers and above which have four main turrets. There were two Capital ships which I'm not sure about HMS Nelson and Rodney, they mounted three triple turrets all to the front of the hull. If the RM were given one in these two vessels I don't know.
Love it.X Turret was generally operated by RM, but can't remember if they did on Nelsol, they did operate HA4 and HA3 4.7" Guns.
The 16" Guns were from A turret aft
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Do they list the author in that?
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IIRC the Centaurs went to the French.
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All armoured regts in NW Europe had an AA Troop as part of the RHQ, consisting of 6x Crusader AA Mk II Tanks. These had the same twin 20mm Polsten Cannon turret as fitted to the binned Centaur AA Mk II. The AA Troops were disbanded toward the end of the Normandy Campaign, but many regiments kept one or two Crusader AA tanks as part of the RHQ, just not as a distinct AA Troop.The AA one is intriguing, My Great Uncle was Recce Pln Sgt in the Canadian Greadier Gds (Armd) and said throughout most of his time in Northern France he had an awful tank with AA guns.
I forgot to mention that the Stuarts of the Recce Troop, Crusaders of the AA Troop and the Scout Cars of the Liaison Troop were all part of the RHQ Squadron. As time went on the lines got blurred and in many cases the crews were all lumped in together, especially after the disbandment of AA Troops. Hence your uncle in the Recce Troop might have ended up driving one of the remaining Crusader AAs around as part of the RHQ or Recce Tp.The AA one is intriguing, My Great Uncle was Recce Pln Sgt in the Canadian Greadier Gds (Armd) and said throughout most of his time in Northern France he had an awful tank with AA guns.