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    War Diary: 75th Anti Tank Regiment

    Month and year: June 1944

    During the 75th Anti Tank Regiment (Royal Artillery) war diary the unit departs the UK and arrives in Normandy, concentrating in area North of Cully before moving inland and taking part in operation Epsom

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/925

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    Page 1 of 7
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    ALDERSHOT6D' Day. Assault Forces of 21 Army Group landed on Normandy Beaches.
    Regiment played cricket against 58 L.A.A. Regt RA.
    10119 Bty, under command Major M.G. HARRIS, R.A., left EWSHOTT for Marshalling
    Area (CANNING TOWN) where they received a great reception from the locals.
    Regimental (less 119 Bty) Advance Party under Major Marsh R.A. left EWSHOTT
    same evening for Marshalling Area (WEST END, SOUTHAMPTON).
    11P. M.119 Bty and Regimental Advance Party embarked on L.S.Ts at TILBURY and
    SOUTHAMPTON respectively.
    12P.M.Regimental Advance Party reached NORMANDY (JIG BEACH) and after spending a
    rather noisy night in Assembly Area moved to Harbour Area (Div Advance Party)
    at LANTHEUIL.
    NORMANDY13P.M.119 Bty reached NORMANDY and spent night in Assembly Area.
    ALDERSHOTRemainder of Regiment, less Residues: left EWSHOTT FOR Marshalling Area (GRAYS, ESSEX)
    Page 2 of 7
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    TILBURY14P.M.Regiment embarked on L.S.Ts.
    15At anchor off SOUTHEND until 2030 hrs.
    15/16During the night the L.S.T. containing R.H.Q. and 338 Bty, less 'J' & 'K' Tps
    16ran aground near the "GOODWINS". She was refloated on the morning of the
    16th and returned to SOUTHEND to await the next convoy.
    NORMANDY2100117 & 118 Btys and 'J' & 'K' Tps disembarked off coast of NORMANDY.
    CULLY17Arrived in Concentration Area NORTH of CULLY.
    NORMANDY18A.M.R.H.Q. & 338 Bty, less 'J' & 'K' Tps disembarked and proceeded to Concentration
    Area NORTH of CULLY.
    CULLY18/26Regiment remained in Concentration Area NORTH of CULLY.
    Positions recced by Btys in event of enemy breakthrough.
    26D' Day Operation "EPSOM" 117 Bty moved out under command HQRA 11 Armd Div.
    119 Bty moved out under command 29 Armd Bde. Remainder of Regiment under
    Command 159 Inf Bde who were at 1/2 hrs notice to move.
    Page 3 of 7
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    Near CHEUX27119 Bty, first in action, obtained their first 'kill' - 5 Panthers and 1 Tiger
    destroyed near CHEUX. They lost 1 gun (Sgt HANCOCK's) with one killed and three
    1900wounded. At 1900 hrs 'G' Tp came under command 23 Hussars.
    East of LE )117 Bty, who during this time were harbouring near LE MESNIL PATRY suffered
    MESNIL PATRYcasualties from enemy shelling - 2 men seriously wounded, 1 Jeep wrecked.
    Later they advanced to a position 1 1/2 miles South of LE MENIL PATRY to meet a
    threat from WEST flank. Harboured in Area.
    NORREY EN BESSIN159 Inf Bde moved forward at midday, working towards R. ODON. Halted near
    NORREY EN BESSIN where Tps of 118 Bty placed under command of Bns. 'D' Tp
    u/c 4 KSLI, 'E' Tp u/c 1 HEREFORDS, and 'F' Tp u/c 3 MONS. Brigade ordered
    to take bridgehead over R. ODON around BARON. 1 HEREFORDS - Rt. 4 KSLI - Left.
    3 MONS in reserve,
    R. ODON280500Fwd Tps of 118 Bty in position across R. ODON. 'F' Tp SOUTH of MONDRAINVILLE
    near Bde Tac HQ.
    Page 4 of 7
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    R. ODON28K' and 'L' Tps moved to deploy in area MONDRAINVILLE. 'L' Tp in action before
    first light but 'K' Tp area could not be occupied owing to enemy inf interference.
    J' Tp in reserve area COLLEVILLE.
    0700All available Offrs and men from 338 Bty HQ , 'J' & 'K' Tps
    armed with S/A set out to clear 'K' Tp area. This was not successful due to
    extreme difficulty in locating enemy strongpoints. L/Sgt Sargent and Gnr Moxham
    received injuries, not of a serious nature.
    The area was later cleared by 15(s) Div. 'K' and 'J' Tps remained in MONDRAINVILLE
    overnight.
    BARONB.H.Qs established by 118 & 338 Btys near BARON.
    R.H.Q. having spent the night of 27/28 in area of COLLEVILLE moved to Bridgehead
    (area BARON) on the morning of the 28th. The C.O. with 2 vehicles established
    Tac HQ there. The remainder of R.H.Q. moved back to LA GAULE at 2330 hrs where
    Main HQ was established.
    Page 5 of 7
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    CHEUX28117 Bty, under command 2 N.Y., advanced to CHEUX and deployed due SOUTH of
    there to protect Right Flank of Div C.L. D/Mech CUDBY and D/Op CANTWELL
    were slightly wounded by stray bullets.
    A' Tp got in some sniping at targets observed by 'C' Sqn 2 N.Y.
    LES VILANS -1800119 Bty continued advance with our armour. Came under command 4 Armd Bde at
    BARONLES VILAINS.
    G' Tp destroyed 1 Tiger near BARON.
    GAVRUS29A day of heavy fighting for 119 Bty. The Bty destroyed three Panthers, one
    Tiger and one unidentified tank. Capt C.F. GRAHAM was killed and Lieut
    J.D. ELLIOTT missing. Two S.P. guns were lost.
    BRIDGEHEADBridgehead shelled during day and night.
    BARON -Enemy attacked with infantry but were driven back by our own infantry.
    TOURMAUVILLE)K' & 'L' Tps were in slight action with S/As. Day spent mostly digging-in.
    Page 6 of 7
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    CHEUX29117 Bty deployed to meet threats first from SOUTH, then from S.W. Neither
    materialised. D/Op Brixey slightly wounded by shell splinters.
    BRIDGEHEAD30Armour retired behind R. ODON in evening leaving 159 Inf Bde holding Bridgehead,
    with a Bde of 43 Divon left of 4 KSLI.
    Enemy shelling during the day became more intensive, particularly in 'K' Tp area.
    Lt. CAWLEY found dead near 'L' Tp positions apparently having been hit in the
    back by shrapnel. Lt CORLESS took over command of 'L' Tp.
    L/Bdr Jones ('E' Tpt and Gnr Payne ('F'Tp) wounded.
    30/1During night Germans launched heavy infantry attack against 'J' Tp Area.
    Own Inf were forced back leaving one gun without protection. Owing to
    confused nature of fighting the detachment could not get away and were pinned
    down by automatic fire. Finally Germans over-ran the gun position but most
    of the detachment escaped by feigning dead. The No. 1. L/Sgt SHELTON received
    a head wound from which he died the next day. The only other casualty was
    Page 7 of 7
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    30/1Night(continued) the driver of the Quad, Dvr/Mech LAWSON, who received wounds
    from a grenade which was thrown inside the Quad. Gun and Quad completely out
    of action.
    119 Bty deployed in 1 HEREFORD's Area near TOURMAUVILLE.
    117 Bty withdrawn to concentrate NW of NORREY-EN-BESSIN. Dvr/Mech Brixey
    seriously injured when run over by S.P.

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