The Battle Tank at Basra 1941

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Re: The Battle Tank at Basra 1941

Postby crfriend » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:48 am

beachlion wrote:I found some articles of interest.

Thank you for those, sir!
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Re: The Battle Tank at Basra 1941

Postby weeladdie18 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:05 pm

Thanks for that compliment Old Salt.... I will pass on your acknowledgement of my fathers skill and experience.
My father moved north and then west to Egypt to serve with The Arab Legion.
The task was workshop preparation of the American Armoured Cars which were used by Arab Insurgents against the Turks.
Just repairing the damage to the customers cars , so that young men could play games with guns and explosives. ...........In reality the aim was to break the enemy supply lines

That ground you were trying to cross looked very unstable.
It is always wise to check the state of the route on foot before proceeding , if possible.

Back in 1940 my fathers unit were on the run in France followed as some distance by German tanks.
The route was obstructed by French pedestrians with all their possessions in hand carts.

The British trucks were full of workshop equipment , fuel in cans and personnel.
The trucks were capsized in the road as a tank road block and torched up with gallons of fuel.

The team still had their rifles ......but no ammunition
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Re: The Battle Tank at Basra 1941

Postby weeladdie18 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:40 pm

beachlion wrote:For some reason, my contribution for this subject disappeared in cyber space.

I found some articles of interest.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_Corridor

https://armyhistory.org/the-persian-gul ... ld-war-ii/


Thank you Beach Lion ....just what the doctor ordered..... will probably take me a long time to
cross reference this information against my fathers pay book as a Warrant Officer with the
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers ....Their task was to keep the American Convoys moving.
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Re: The Battle Tank at Basra 1941

Postby weeladdie18 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:53 pm

Beach Lion ....I have now lost a post.....
Possibly because the information was cencored for over 50 years ......Lancastria....
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Re: The Battle Tank at Basra 1941

Postby beachlion » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:18 pm

weeladdie18 wrote:Beach Lion ....I have now lost a post.....
Possibly because the information was cencored for over 50 years ......Lancastria....


What did you lose?
On a forum in the Netherlands they called me Wimkipedia or the Internet Mounty. If it was somewhere on the Internet I would find it, at least most of the time. ;)
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Re: The Battle Tank at Basra 1941

Postby weeladdie18 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:04 pm

My father was sitting on his yacht in Weymouth Harbour. A visiting Frenchman was along side.
The Frenchman wished to be polite...He asked my father " Have you ever been to France ? "
My fathers reply was in spoken French......St Nazaire 1940 ......
The visiting Frenchman disappeared below decks and was never seen again.

A couple of years after 1940 an operation was mustered in Falmouth
and visited Occupied St Nazaire ........ Operation Chariot........

The following morning The German sightseers visited the ship which had rammed the dry dock gates.
The charges in the bows of the ship exploded and 200 German Sightseers died.

The dry dock gates and pumps were destroyed in the operation......

Perhaps the Frenchman's knowledge of the Historical Dates regarding
Occupied France were somewhat lacking....
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Re: The Battle Tank at Basra 1941

Postby weeladdie18 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:50 pm

beachlion wrote:
weeladdie18 wrote:Beach Lion ....I have now lost a post.....
Possibly because the information was cencored for over 50 years ......Lancastria....


What did you lose?
On a forum in the Netherlands they called me Wimkipedia or the Internet Mounty. If it was somewhere on the Internet I would find it, at least most of the time. ;)


Thank you Beach Lion...My Post was unclear....I have lost a post before I pressed the submit button.
The whole screen of text rolled and I have been unable to retrieve the text...
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Re: The Battle Tank at Basra 1941

Postby weeladdie18 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:01 pm

Beach Lion...... I am sure members of this forum would be interested to see references to the following

...1..." The loss of the Lancastria at St Nazaire in 1940 "

....2 ...." Operation Chariot "...

....3..." Glubb and the Arab Legion ".....

.............................................................. Thank you for your assistance
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Re: The Battle Tank at Basra 1941

Postby beachlion » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:53 am

weeladdie18 wrote:.... Thank you Beach Lion...My Post was unclear....I have lost a post before I pressed the submit button.
The whole screen of text rolled and I have been unable to retrieve the text...


That happens to me quite often. The text is ready but I want to check some facts and go to other tabs. Then I become so involved in something interesting and forget the original completely and it will fall over the edge into cyberspace.

Those three subjects are easily found on the Internet. I'm better in finding obscure stuff. ;)
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