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Thought the following details might be of interest:
Source: WO169/904 – No. 1 Independent Troop RTR
C.O.: T/Capt. R.E.H. Drury
18 October 1940 Lingfield, Surrey
Unit formed with strength of 5 Officers and 62 Other Ranks, and attached to 44th Bn R.T.R. pending embarkation.
All ranks proceeded Embarkation Leave.
27 October 1940
1 Sergeant and 4 Other Ranks proceeded to port of embarkation, R.45.
28 October 1940
Unit proceeded to port of embarkation – B.I. Destination “P”.
29 October 1940
10 November 1940 MALTA
Disembarked at Destination “P”.
Address of Unit “A.P.O. 625.”
28 November 1940 MALTA
Tanks and vehicles arrived ex R.45 (4 “I” Tanks, 2 Lt. Tanks, 4 M/C’s, 4 x 30-cwt lorries, 2 x 15-cwt trucks, 1 x 15-cwt truck (water), 1 Car Utility).
December 1940 MALTA
Nothing to report.
Next time I'm at Kew I will see if I can find the WD for this unit for 1941 - hopefully Capt Drury feels like adding a few details to his rather concise narrative.
I'm not sure that the security people would be happy either, what with him talking about 'Destination "P"' and then announcing that they are in Malta.
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I have been led to believe that the "l" tanks were A-12 Matilda Mk.II's. Can anyone confirm this? Were there any Mk. III/IV C.S. Matilda's there?
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I have been led to believe that the "l" tanks were A-12 Matilda Mk.II's. Can anyone confirm this?
According to Phillip Vella's (Malta: Blitzed but not Beaten) the
armoured force on the island included 14 tanks:
Group #1) 1st Independent Troop, Royal Tank Regiment
commander: A/Major R. E. H. Drury
4x Infantry Mk II (A12 Matilda Mk II or III) + 2x Light Mark VIB
Arrived on ?
(Matildas were nicknamed: Faulknor, Gallant, Greyhound, Griffin)
AHF's own Davide Pastore also posted in viewtopic.php?t=82303
for around the start of July 1942...
1st Independent Troop, 44th Royal Tank Rgt, composed of:
- detachment of 7th Royal Tank Regt (4x Matilda II)
- detachment of 3rd (King's Own) Hussars (2x Vickers VIc)
(A further mix of tanks arrived later courtesy of Fleet Operation MF-3, convoy MW-8A/B. These were "A Squadron", 6th RTR commander: A/Major S. D. G. Longworth, and included 8x mix of Cruiser Mk I (A9) + Cruiser Mk III or IV (A13 Mk I or II) There should have been 13 reinforcements in total, but five were lost on the Thermopylae
All the above from http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=114&t=174173
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I am ex 1 RTR but much much later