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#1: elements and location of photo? Author: davidssfx PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:08 pm
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Hi,
bumped into this photo while doing some Operation Perch research.

One caption claims it's

"Tanks of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars advance with No. 4 Commando on D-Day"

another caption describes it as being

"Elements of the 7th Armoured Division breaking out from "Gold" beach."

I don't have enough historical knowledge to even make a good guess but, what's your opinion ... and why

thanks



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#2: Re: elements and location of photo? Author: Dima PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:35 pm
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13/18th is a better candidate as 7AD didn't have DD Shermans Wink.

#3: Re: elements and location of photo? Author: davidssfx PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:41 pm
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Thanks Dima

#4: Re: elements and location of photo? Author: papa_whisky PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:49 am
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They appear to be commando's judging from their backpacks but hard to see from this photo so I may be mistaken

#5: Re: elements and location of photo? Author: Dima PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:00 pm
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13/18 was supporting no4 Wink

#6: Re: elements and location of photo? Author: ronsonLocation: England PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:53 pm
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I agree with Dima,

13/18 Hussars were part of 27 A.Bde which landed 2 sqns with DD Shermans in the intial assault on D Day, 'A' sqn assisted with capture of Hillman supporting the Suffolks, the other ('B' sqn) assisted No4 Cdo. in capture of Ouistreham.

Although 22 A.Bde of 7th A. Div did land in Gold area, they didn't start to arrive until evening of 6th, and were not fully landed until evening of 7th.

Any 'breaking out' of Gold beach would have been done by the tanks of the assault A. Bde which was the 8th. ( Sherwood Rangers or 4/7th R. Dragoon Guards.)

22 A. Bde, with the exception of one Firefly per troop, were fully equipped with Cromwells in the fighting(sabre) sqns.

Cheers
Ronson

#7: Re: elements and location of photo? Author: davidssfx PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:51 pm
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Thanks papa_whisky,
and thanks ronson for the details ... very interesting

david



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