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    War Diary: 1st Bn Royal Tank Regiment

    Month and year: April 1944

    The 1st Battalion Royal Tank Regiment April 1944 war diary covers the unit training at Sugar Hill Camp and Quadrilateral Cover Camp

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/865

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    Page 1 of 3
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    Map Ref Scale1.4.440630Reveille.
    1" Ord Survey 0800)
    SWAFFHAM &1230) Hours during which training takes place.
    Sheet 66.1700)
    2415 Sugar1800Guard & Fire Piquet mount. This was a normal day's routine.
    Hill Camp &2.4.440200British double summer time comes into force.
    Quadrilateral Cover Camp.1945Guard & Fire Piquet mount.
    Normal Routine.
    3.4.44) Normal Routine.
    5.4.44A, B & C Squadrons three individual schemes during the day on the trg area.
    Normal routine for the remainder.
    6.4.440730The tanks moved out for a scheme on the trg area. 8H were the enemy,
    and a withdrawal was practised.
    1530The tanks and 'A' Echelon practised forming up in night leaguer formation
    Routine normal for the remainder.
    1800All officers attended a conference at which the Brigade Commander
    indicated future operations, + critisised the day's schemes.
    8.4.44) Normal routine.
    10.4.44During the day 211 personnel passed through a gas chamber in order to
    test their respirators. Normal routine.
    10.4.442400All outgoing mail was franked from this hour.
    11.4.44Normal routine.
    12.4.441030The unit provided a guard of honour of three officers and sixty men
    for Admiral Pany who visited Divisional Headquarters. Normal routine,
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    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    12.4.441900A,B & C Squadrons, RHQ & A1 Echelon proceeded out of camp on a scheme.
    Recce Tp did not take part. The exercise consisted of an armoured
    advance from Quadrilateral Covert Camp 2516 to the leaguer area 216253
    facing south. The "enemy" consisted of a troop of five scout cars,
    The unit leaguered at 216253. The correct designations of the echelons
    mentioned henceforth in this diary will be A1, A2 & B.
    0920Regiment moved out of leaguer to take part in the Bde scheme "SPRINGBOK"
    They advanced on a centre line 219238 SHINGHAM - 232211 - 298213
    CRESSINGHAM WOOD where they formed battle line. The Bde scheme then
    started, the regiment acting as the enemy and advanced on a centre line
    2718 HILBOROUGH 281140 LANGFORD to 290132 at which point the scheme
    finished. The rest of the Bde was contacted at 290158. A "battle"
    ensued, 75mm smoke being used.
    1530The unit returned to camp. It was the first occasion when recce tp
    operated with their new establishment.
    15.4.44) Normal routine.
    17.4.440830The squadrons marched to the Divisional Theatre "Desert Rat" to hear a
    lecture by the CO. His lecture consisted of a review of the past,
    present and future. Normal routine during the rest of the day.
    Boyton, Nr. Ipswich Sheet 87 8365.18.4.44Normal routine. An advance party proceeded to BOYTON Ranges. In
    the evening RHQ & A Squadron proceeded to Boyton. The main object of
    the "shoot" was to T & A the gun sights.
    1800The Brigadier gave a talk to officers in the Brigade concerning future events.
    19.4.44B Squadron proceeded to the ranges. A Squadron & RHQ Tp returned.
    Normal routine for the remainder.
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    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    20.4.44C Squadron proceeded to the ranges, B Squadron returned. Normal
    routine for the remainder.
    21.4.41C Squadron returned from the ranges. Normal routine.
    24.4.44) Normal routine.
    27.4.440800Employed personnel practised shooting on a local range with Sten and
    Bren guns. Normal routine for the remainder.
    28.4.41Normal routine.
    29.4.4Normal routine.
    1400The regiment paraded for a brief inspection by Maj Gen Erskine, the
    Divisional Commander. He addressed the regiment indicating future
    events, giving anybody who had any complaints the opportunity of
    speaking to him after the parade.
    30.4.41Normal routine.