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Tankies: Tank Heroes of WW11

#4
[h=1]"Tank Commander Harry Finlayson had fought in India before serving with 5RTR in the desert."[/h]
From the web page - does anyone know what fight he was in - in India?
 
#6
[h=1]"Tank Commander Harry Finlayson had fought in India before serving with 5RTR in the desert."[/h]
From the web page - does anyone know what fight he was in - in India?
Probably on the North West Frontier. IIRC some light tanks were used in the 1938 (?) campaign.

Edited to add-

http://www.khyber.org/publications/041-045/armyininda.shtml

Mohmand campaign 1935:

Perhaps of greater significance was the successful deployment of a single company of Mk II light tanks. Their invulnerability to rifle fire and cross-country mobility quickened the pace of operations as tanks could easily advance through tribal positions.
Waziristan 1936-37:

Two companies of Mk II and Mk IIb Light Tanks were employed when ground permitted in sections or sub-sections to carry out reconnaissance, protect flanks, cover withdrawals and directly attack lashkars, adding to the strength and quickening the pace of movement
 

DieHard

LE
Book Reviewer
#12
Memory has let me down here i cant remember the author, but he was the tank driver in the programe, jack? ?
His book is outstanding, he was 5rtr untill his death a few weeks before the war in europe ended

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#13
Interesting programme.

Clearly some of the VSO's didn't quite grasp this new fangled tank business in the desert and thought it was a game of tally ho chaps rather than serious stuff that required tactics and thought.
 
#15
I'd just like to know what the cavalry were doing whilst the RTR fought the Germans.
As Urban is ex-RTR, I suspect it would have found it hard to swallow to make a program about the glorious Cavalry.

I found it interesting from a battle POV, but it told me nothing about Tank warfare or life in Tanks. I was interested to see a running Pz.Kpfw. III
 
#17
As Urban is ex-RTR, I suspect it would have found it hard to swallow to make a program about the glorious Cavalry.

I found it interesting from a battle POV, but it told me nothing about Tank warfare or life in Tanks. I was interested to see a running Pz.Kpfw. III
Must agree there, there was nothing new that hadn't been done on the discovery channel.
 
#18
Watched this last night, decent effort.

A great insight into how bad our equipment held up at the start of the war, Probably through bad MoD procurement and planning (some things never change)

I felt like giving them old tankies a hug as they bravely talked about their shocking experiences losing comrades on camera, that's balls.
They could have focused more on the diaries, But that's just what I found most interesting.

If they had taught more first hand 'grit' about the war in schools we may not have a large percentage of un-patriotic, spineless fcukwits demanding hand-outs today.
 
#20
Very good program I thought. Will be interesting to see how it covers the Normandy breakout. Will he be a Monty lover or a Monty Basher? Personally while not believing he was an armoured genius, I sympathize with Monty owing to the chronic shortage of Infantry by 1944 meaning he had to husband his infantry divisions. Indeed I would sacrifice machines over men, but feel sorry for the Tankies who were sacrificed in the machines.
 

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