|Title||Analysis of operational use of Churchill Crocodile flame throwers in NW Europe, June-October 1944|
|Description||Analysis of operational use of Churchill Crocodile flame throwers in NW Europe, June-October 1944|
ANALYSIS OF ACTIONS (continued) Page 5
|DATE||PLACE AND TYPE OF OBJECTIVE||NUMBER OF CROCODILES DEPLOYED||QUANTITY OF FUEL USED||ENEMY KILLED OR SHOT WHEN RUNNING ABOUT ON FIRE||PRISONERS OF WAR||QUALITY OF ENEMY||REMARKS|
|28 SEPT||CAPE GRIS NEZ (Concrete defences)||12||1/4 trailer each average||1 - 5||1,000 (2,000 in all)||Poor||Crocodiles led the attack all along the front of the two attacks. When flaming started enemy surrendered in each position in turn. |
(3 Can. Div.)
|22/25 OCT.||Approaches to HERTZOGENBOSCH from East, (Copses, hedgerows, villages)||6||1 1/2 trailers each average used 3 times in 2 days. Also used at least twice more from 26-31 Oct||10 - 20 estimated||300 estimated||Fair||Good planning by Inf. who know how to work with Crocodiles. Good artillery and tank support. Most successful in every way. |
|22/25 OCT.||Approaches to HERTZOGENBOSCH from South-East (Village, hedgerows)||7||Full trailer each||Nil Known||50 estimated||Fair||Good planning. Good co-operation with Infantry. Crocodiles well used. |
(7 Armoured Div)
'B' Squadron also flamed South of SCHELDT with 9 Can. Inf. Bde. (S.D.G's) on about 19th October. (Against a village)
'A' Squadron also flamed East of HERTZOGENBOSCH on about 24th October with 51st Div. Believed successfully (Against woods.)
'C' Squadron also used flame across a canal to burn enemy out of trenches, on about 2nd November
TOTAL: - (possible 60) flame actions.
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