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FrozenKemp #1 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:18

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Today's events post links to an article from a couple of years ago about vehicles of D-Day, but it only lists about half of the special vehicles that hit the beaches!

 

Royal Marine Centaurs

 

To provide additional fire support as the troops approached the beaches, the Royal Marines were provided with a number of Centaur tanks equipping with 95mm howitzers and set up to fire while they were still on their landing ships.  After landing, some of them were able to support the infantry as they moved inland.

 

 

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 2 RM Armoured Supprt Regiment

(a) On the beaches, several troops carried out the role as laid down. When no calls for fire were being received, troops engaged special tasks on their own. One troop knocked out an MG nest and captured 21 prisoners, and another attached itself to the Regina Rifles and fired 100 rounds per gun during the capture of a 105 mm gun position. Another troop attached itself to a FOO other than its own, and engaged targets at 650 yards range, over tall buildings, the only occasion on which Charge I was used.

(b) After regrouping troops were used in a variety of roles. On D and D + 1, troops supported 46 and 48 RM Commandos in street fighting.  Other troops regrouped and engaged independent direct fire targets in forward areas. Subsequently, seven troops were continuously employed about 3,000 yards in advance of field regiment areas, firing either under field regiment FOOs or under their own GCOs, who moved up to FOPs in Shermans. On D + 5 three troops supported 46 RM Commando at ROTS. RM GCOs acting as FOOs. On D + 15, when remainder of the Group was withdrawn, three troops of this regiment were ordered East of R ORNE in support of 6 Airborne Division. They were deployed well forward in anti-mortar role. They then trained RA personnel to take over their tanks.

 

 

 

 

 



Lethalhavoc #2 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:30

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 +1 Frozen!

 



riff_ #3 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:38

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Link to museum pictures of a Centaur tank with 95mm howitzer.

http://www.net-maquettes.com/pictures/char-centaur/?afg148_page_id=1#afg-148

This could be good.  A nice picture of the Centaur to start with.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570831321498112060/

A little reading on the Royal Marine Support Group on D-Day.

http://www.feldgrau.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24202


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FrozenKemp #4 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 21:40

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Churchill AVRE

 

The Churchill Armoured Vehicle, Royal Engineers was a Churchill tank modified to deal with the problems that Canadian troops found on the beaches of Dieppe - with the infantry pinned down, some tanks were able to move into the town, only to be blocked by obstacles that the sappers were supposed to deal with. 

 

The AVRE was equipped with a gigantic 280mm mortar for demolishing obstacles.  They could also be equipped with fascines (giant bundles of sticks) to allow tanks to clear ditches.

 

This video shows both being used!

 

 

The story of how the AVRE was developed is kind of entertaining.  It was effectively the brainchild of a Canadian Lt Denovan, who was on loan to the Special Devices Branch, who seemed to have been a bit of a loose cannon.  His initial experiment was to mount the mortar in a fixed mount on the front of a tank.  This wasn't successful.  Then he pitched the idea of the "Engineering tank" to Lt Colonel Clive Reeves, the Assistant Director.

 

Reeves wasn't able to get him a tank but that didn't stop Denovan.  As Reeves wrote in a letter of post-war support for Denovan's claim for invention (for which he was rewarded), 

 

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Subsequent to this, it was as a result of Lieutenant Denovan’s initiative that arrangements were made for a Canadian Engineer unit to make available the workshop capacity required for the construction of a prototype vehicle: and it was through his initiative that a Churchill tank was borrowed entirely unofficially, so that one would be available for conversion, as a prototype, to the Engineer Tank role. 

 

(Emphasis mine) It was a good thing that the modified Churchill tank was accepted or Denovan would have been in real trouble.


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FrozenKemp #5 Posted Jun 02 2017 - 22:01

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Another variant of the AVRE was the Bobbin (Churchill AVRE Bobbin - "bobbin" is a British word for a spool) which carried a giant roll of canvas sheet to lay down on sand.  The idea was that for areas of vary soft sand in which a tank could get bogged down, lay down a mat that the tanks can drive on.  I don't think it was all that needed, as it turned out. 

 

Well apparently this forum won't even let me post a picture of a Bobbin from a WoT Console forum so I give up. :)  You can see a picture here:

 

http://www.iwm.org.u...-tanks-of-d-day






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