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Sandhurst Bombed?!

#1
Apo-logies for intruding into the Officers Mess here on ARRSE, I will close the door behind me on my way out shortly...

Having just read Richard Todd's "Caught in the Act" I read with interest that he was caught in an Air-Raid one evening in WWII and was injured, I have googled for the past hour and cannot find anywhere where there is a mention of Sandhurst being bombed during WWII, is there a plaque in the Academy or photos or a story of the night in question?
 
#2
Gundulf- welcome to the mess. Don't leave to quickly, maybe a small sherry before you leave?

Nope never heard of RMAS getting bombed and it is in no history journal that I have read nor have I heard of anything like it.

However, always happy to be proved wrong as nearly all my SSgts, Recces, Cpls, L/Cpls and Sprs did on a day to day basis!
 
#5
Just found this...

Once I was walking along Princes Street past Camberley School, when I heard a bomb coming overhead. I ducked under the hedge there, the hedge that was opposite a row of cottages and shops; most of them have gone now, the Brown Jug pub and Hattows the butchers, they’ve all gone.
Anyway, I ducked under the hedge and the bomb passed over and landed at the RMA, the Royal Military Academy.
from here...

Will continue to search!
 

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#7
TangoFowerAlpha said:
I vaguely remember being told a bomb fell behind New College where the old Nissan huts were. Don't think it did much damage.
They kept Nissans?????

Perhaps in a Nissen hut?





Is that my coat? Why thank you. And a taxi too. So kind.
 
#8
In Richard Todd's 1st Part to his Autobiography (remember he was a young Officer with 7th Para and he was in Plane number 33 during the landings on D-Day, plane number 33 had the Senior Pilot out of the entire flight over so he went in first, Richard Todd was first through the hole so may well have been the first Para to land on D-Day, Howards lot had gone in 30 minutes before but had gone in with Gliders to take Pegasus Bridge by suprise) he was blown clear of the building after having been in one of the corridors, a lucky chappy by all accounts, 5 Officer Cadtes died that night so it's surprising there is nothing to Remember them by in the Academy itself?
 
#9
Gundulph said:
Nope, found that one, it was a school called Sandhurst... bombed by a real nasty Kraut Barsteward...

Pantsoff, maybe not a Sherry but as a former Sapper I wouldn't mind a Glass or three of your finest Sandhurst Port before leaving... 8)
I'll have my man arrange it.

Excuse me Steward.... A port for Mr Gundulf, if you please....
 
#11
Gundulph said:
5 Officer Cadets died that night so it's surprising there is nothing to Remember them by in the Academy itself?
Again nothing is there to remember this.
 
#12
A swift butcher's at the CWGC web-site shows three officer cadets died on the 29 January 1941. coincidentally they were all in Brigade squad and their surnames run M, N, O. could only the guards die in alphabetical order?? :wink:

A swift Google of 29 January 1941...with air raid and Sandhurst...reveals http://www.sandhurst.mod.uk/tour/newcoll.htm

I think my work here is done. The other two cadets were no doubt buried in other UK cemeteries, perhaps near home. They all five are presumably not recorded on the roll of honour (see http://www.sandhurst.mod.uk/CPG_CHAPEL/albums) as they were not yet commissioned?
 
#14
Grownup_Rafbrat said:
TangoFowerAlpha said:
I vaguely remember being told a bomb fell behind New College where the old Nissan huts were. Don't think it did much damage.
They kept Nissans?????

Perhaps in a Nissen hut?





Is that my coat? Why thank you. And a taxi too. So kind.
Hah! Even the "Interpretation" staff at the IWM Duxford keep falling into that old trap! :roll:
 
#16
The_Goon said:
As said - plague, medals bar, the one right next to NC dining hall.
Why would you wish a plague on New College dining hall - the food is bad enough FFS!
 
#17
Cuddles said:
A swift butcher's at the CWGC web-site shows three officer cadets died on the 29 January 1941. coincidentally they were all in Brigade squad and their surnames run M, N, O. could only the guards die in alphabetical order?? :wink:
My parents' next door neighbour was at RMAS at the time that happened. She told me about it once when I was still living there. As far as I remember, she was out that night and had been expecting a lift back, which didn't show up. She didn't find out what had happened until she got back. I'll ask her about it next time I go home for a weekend.
 
#18
Pantsoff said:
Gundulf- welcome to the mess. Don't leave to quickly, maybe a small sherry before you leave?

Nope never heard of RMAS getting bombed and it is in no history journal that I have read nor have I heard of anything like it.

However, always happy to be proved wrong as nearly all my SSgts, Recces, Cpls, L/Cpls and Sprs did on a day to day basis!


You weren't that bad, trust me. I can think of a lot worse troopys out there!
 
#19
Amazing what can be dug up using ARRSE, I couldn't find anything Online about the bombing and ARRSE come up trumps within a day!!! :lol:

Interesting also that wherever you search on Celebs at Sandhurst you will see mention of David Niven and a couple of others but nothing of Richard Todd, even though he was blown clear away from the building along with all the rubble and debris from the bomb, he ended up in Hospital for a couple of weeks and as we all know, went on to great things on D-Day and later depicted Major Howard in the Film The Longest Day, I think someone else actually depicted Richard Todd's wartime role in the film also... for anyone who hasn't read it, I'd reccommend it as it adds to the facts already jotted down in The Day The Devils Dropped In and The Devil's Own Luck...

Thanks everyone on here for finding the info, especially finding out that there is indeed a Memorial Plaque at Sandhurst in memory of the 5 Officer Cadets.
 
#20
Pantsoff said:
However, always happy to be proved wrong as nearly all my SSgts, Recces, Cpls, L/Cpls and Sprs did on a day to day basis!


Bugger me it has happened again!
 

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