D-Day to Victory: The Diaries of a British Tank Commander by Trevor Greenwood, S. V. Partington

By Trevor Greenwood, S. V. Partington

Tank Commander Sgt Trevor Greenwood of C Squadron, the ninth Royal Tank Regiment, sailed for France in June 1944 as a part of the Allied invasion of Normandy. From D-Day till April 1945, he stored an everyday diary of his reviews of the ultimate push via France and into Germany, usually writing in mystery and in poor stipulations. less than fireplace, outgunned and dealing with a sour wintry weather, he by no means loses his ethical compass or his experience of humour - discovering time to brew tea and continue morale with characterful British reserve. He writes candidly of his frustration and depression of seeing Bomber Command mistakenly bomb Allied traces close to Caen (August 1944), the liberation of Le Havre (September 1944), the scuffling with round Roosendaal, Holland (October 1944), the reception of squaddies through the Dutch households on whom they have been billeted (December 1944), and concludes with 'mopping up' operations in northern Germany (April 1945). His staggering diary has left us a distinct list of the battle in Europe from the rarely-seen viewpoint of a typical soldier. An accompanying essay in regards to the tank battles of Normandy via Duxford Museum's tank specialist offer further price

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Phil Curme Collection) 38 The winter snow also brought another kind of darkness. SS-Einsatzgruppe A, under SS-Brigadefiihrer Walter Stahlecker, followed right behind Heeresgruppe Nord and set up headquarters in Krasnogvardeisk in October 1941, not far from AOK 18 headquarters in Siverskaya. In the next two months, SS-Einsatzgruppe A murdered at least 1,389 civilians in Krasnogvardeisk and another 800 in Pushkin. In a clear example of the Wehrmacht's involvement in SS atrocities in the Soviet Union, on 20 December 1941 XXVIII AK requested that SS-Einsatzgruppe A deal with the 240 female occupants of an insane asylum located 20km north of Lyuban which allegedly posed a 'health risk' to nearby German troops.

Infanterie-Division 1 1 Infanterie-Regiment 4 6 9 , 2 6 9 . InfanterieDivision O KRUGER 6 EVENTS O THOMA 11 S e p t e m b e r 1 1220hrs: Schutzen-Regiment 113 and o n e c o m p a n y of Panzers attacks and overruns the 282nd Machine-gun Artillery Battalion, then p u s h e s on to c a p t u r e the Dudergof Heights (Hill 167). 2 1400hrs: Panzer-Regiment 1 c o n d u c t s a fixing attack north of Taitsy. A Soviet a r m o u r e d counterattack fails to halt the Panzers and by 1600hrs, Panzer-Regiment 1 has e n v e l o p e d Taitsy.

A Soviet GAZ-AA truck passes through one of the outer defensive belts of Leningrad, where prefabricated concrete 'dragons' teeth' have been emplaced as anti-tank obstacles. However, these concrete blocks have not been reinforced with steel rods or anchored to the ground, which would have made them fairly simple for combat engineers to remove. (Fonds of the RGKFD, Krasnogorsk) by German bombardment. By November 1941, Leningrad's civilians began to face real starvation just as winter arrived. Kiichler's AOK 18 conducted the siege with XXVI AK (three divisions) containing the Oranienbaum bridgehead and L AK (four divisions) holding the front from Uritsk to Shlissel'burg.

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