Royal Artillery history WW2.

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  1. Unfortunately I've been in hospital for the last week, lounging around, cabin fever etc, on my last day before being transferred to a nearby specialist unit I got talking to an old boy and he started telling us of his experiences in WW2. He mostly spoke of his experience of Market Garden where his unit were deployed in the defence of "Joe's Bridge"/ Hells Highway, and later as his unit entered Belsen after it's liberation. I believe (blame the drugs if i'm wrong!!) that his unit was named 113 attack battery/squadron. What I'm after is some pointers to links to this unit's history so that I can read up as I convalesce, cheers.
  2. msr

    msr LE

  3. You're probably right msr, Ack Ack and not Attack, i can be deaf as a post with a hint of thick as f*ck thrown in for good measure!!
  4. MSR'S link is a great one...113 Bty's parent unit appears to be 27 LAA Regt RA.
    The regiment orbat was made up of 6, 107, 113 and 149 Battery's respectively. The regiment was armed with 40mm Boffors anti aircraft guns and were in support of the Guards division advance to Nijmegan. The Guards division was trying to advance to Arnhem where the 1st airborne division was tied down. However, the weather conditions and enemy activity made it almost impossible for this to happen, and they advanced no further than just beyond the bridge at Nijmegan.
    According to one of the reports, September 44 was the first time that British Ack Ack Gunners had come across the newly developed jet plane Me25. The narrator relates that this British invention had been developed by the Germans, and was impossible to hit due to it's speed. His frustration at this fact is quite obvious, because with the piston engined aircraft they had a 90 per cent hit rate. 27 LAA Regt moved to Belgium and took part in the battle of the Bulge.

    Not much, but it might set you on your way??
  5. The Heinkel He178 flew for the first time on August 27, 1939. The pilot on this historic first flight of a jet-powered airplane was Flight Captain Erich Warsitz.

    The first Allied jet aircraft, the Gloster-Whittle E.28/39 first flew briefly on 8 May 1941 while on taxiing trials, although the first official flight took place on 15 May.

    90% hit rate? must have been the most successful anti-aircraft unit in military history.
  6. msr

    msr LE

    The original article says they could identify the direction from which a piston engined plane was coming 90% of the time.
  7. The old lad that I talked to mentioned that at some stage he and his oppo's could hear tanks further up the road and after some debate they decided that they were definitely German Tanks, and that at sometime later there was an attack by RAF Typhoons whose cannon rounds were hitting the road adjacent to the ditch they were taking cover in ( a 5-600 metre strafing run apparently!!). Strangely enough, one of the Paratroopers captured at Arnhem, during the mission that this lad was supporting, was my wife's great granddad.
  8. LJ
    I actually meant to write that it was the first time these British (27 AA Regt) Gunners had come across the Jet aircraft.

    Cheers for clarifying the original text, i took it on first reading that they had a 90 per cent hit rate. Rather than a 90 per cent recognition rate, what with all that Whooshing :wink:

    I trust the rest of the post was reasonably true to the article quoted :lol: