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    War Diary: 7th Bn Royal Tank Regiment

    Month and year: May 1944

    The 7th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment May 1944 war diary covers the units time at Blackdown and being put at notice to travel to the continent

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/868

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    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    Black- down.1 MayLt J Muscroft posted to this Bn.
    4 MayRoad march of 17 miles to give tanks a last test run before move.
    5 MayLt P.M.St Barbe and Lt P.H. Guthrie posted to 46 RHU, but remained att
    to carry out duties of rear party when Bn moves.
    6 MayStr of unit 47 offrs and 776 O.Rs plus 1 offr and 25. O.Rs (LAD REME) and ChaplainAppx 'A'
    13 MayStr of Unit 46 Offrs and 770 O.Rs plus 1 Offr and 25 O,Rs (LAD REME) and ChaplainAppx 'B'
    15 MayCO and Sqn Comds attended Cloth Model Exercise at (Lowland) Inf Bde at WORTHING.
    20 MayCO attended talk by C.-in-C. 21 Army GP - Gen Sir B MONTGOMERY.
    Str of Unit 46 Offrs and 761 O.Rs plus 1 Offr and 25 O.Rs (LAD REME) and Chaplain
    Appx 'C'
    22 MayCarried out final firing practice in S DOWNS.
    25 MaySupreme Commander AEF - Gen D Eisenhower addressed rks of this Bn
    27 MayStr of Unit 46 Offrs and 766 ORs plus 1 Offr 25 O.Rs(LAD REME) and Chaplain.Appx 'D'
    28 MayFrom 0900hrs Bn at 6 hrs notice to commence move to Continent. (See att order of Battle)Appx 'E'
    29 MayCO gave talk to all ranks outlining procedure for move to Continent.
    30 MayBde Comd addressed ranks of this Bn.