Try the Canadian OH. It's online too.Knouterer wrote: Regarding the Canadians, I found some hard data (finally ...) on a Canadian website: http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showt ... 426&page=4
The 1st Canadian Inf Bde, with a field art regt and some supporting units, was shipped to France after Dunkirk and then hastily recalled on the 17th when the French asked for armistice terms. According to the careful calculations on that website the Canadians were lavishly supplied with motor transport and lost:
- 69 vehicles lost by The Royal Canadian Regiment
- 72 vehicles lost by The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment
- 74 vehicles lost by the 48th Highlanders of Canada
- 94 vehicles lost by the 1st Field Regiment, RCA
- 6 vehicles lost by the 1st Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA
- 30 vehicles lost by the 1st Field Company, RCE
- 52 vehicles lost by Headquarters, 1st Divisional Signals, RC Signals (including 14 LAD)
- 24 vehicles lost by Headquarters, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade (including 1 LAD)
- 19 vehicles lost by the Anti-Tank Company, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade
which gives a total of 440 vehicles (including motorcycles) lost by Canadian units in France in June 1940. The AT Regiment seems to have had only a token presence, the six vehicles lost were all motorcycles, while four 15cwt trucks were reembarked.
Canadian military historians make a point of noting that while the artillerymen lost all their vehicles they brought their 25-pounders back.
The first flight contained the 1CanBde as you point out. The landed at Brest and entrained. Some reached their destination (near Le Mans) and detrained. However, all were turned back. Some returning to Brest, others to St Malo. Very little is known about the ATk Coy, but it appears to have returned via St Malo, the 1st Fld Regt via Brest...
The 36 guns mentionned above correspond with the 36 returning from Brest I mentionned previously.Only, with difficulty were the guns of the R.C.H.A. saved from destruction. It would appear that General de Fonblanque and his staff were apprehensive lest attempts to save equipment might result in the loss of men. Lt.-Col. Roberts went to Garrison Headquarters and, in the words of his unit's diary, "fought hard for nearly two hours to save the guns". The order to destroy them was twice given and twice countermanded; and it is quite probable that they would finally have been destroyed had not the Garrison Commandant, Colonel W. B. Mackie, been an ex-cadet of the Royal Military College of Canada. Mackie spoke to de Fonblanque by telephone and obtained his reluctant acquiescence in embarking the guns. Roberts was told that he could load as many as he could get aboard by 4 p.m. It was then 2:15. By four he had loaded not only 24 field guns but in addition a dozen Bofors guns, seven predictors, three Bren carriers and several technical vehicles belonging to other units. The R.C.H.A.'s tractors and ammunition limbers had, however, to be abandoned. According to its diary, the steamer Bellerophon, on which the guns were loaded, had "still had room enough to take everything that was on the docks". The three vessels carrying portions of the regiment sailed at 5:15 p.m. on 17 June, and docked the following morning at Plymouth and Falmouth. The loss of equipment sharpened the gunners' disgust at having had to scuttle without meeting the Germans. The R.C.H.A. diary commented tartly, "Although there was evidently no enemy within 200 miles, the withdrawal was conducted as a rout." †
†It is a remarkable but incontestable fact that, although one of the R.C.H.A.'s guns had been damaged in a road accident en route to Parce and turned in to Ordnance, so that the regiment returned to Brest with only twenty-three 18/25 and 25-pounders, it brought its full complement of twenty-four back to England.
I need to do some more digging in my hard drive to see if the return time/date of the ATk Coy corresponds with guns arriving from St Malo.
The second flight arrived at Brest, started unloading, stopped unloading, then left with all brought over less a few vehicles unloaded - eg. 1 Anti-tank Regt. None of their guns are recorded as having returned to the UK. SImilarly, nobody records them as having left the UK or landed in France.