Italy, 1944

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Re: Italy, 1944

Post by Etranger » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:16 am

here you go... Image
The British Army in Italy 1944. Sexton 25pdr self-propelled gun of 1st Royal Horse Artillery, operating as part of 'Porter Force' on the Adriatic coast near Ravenna, 1 December 1944. (IWM via Wikipedia http://media.iwm.org.uk/ciim5/47/772/large_000000.jpg)

and a biography of a gunner in a Sexton RA regiment in Italy https://www.custermen.com/AtTheFront/Bi ... sworth.htm although there are some silly errors in the entry.

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Re: Italy, 1944

Post by Essex Boy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:17 am

That's a splendid looking game, Donald.

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Re: Italy, 1944

Post by ochoin » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:59 am

FreddBloggs wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:54 am
And kept it because it was 10mph faster than the rest.
Funny you should write this Fred, because the speed of the Cromwells in the game might have been a game winner. I was able to spring various ambushes with Recce & infantry & then rush the Cromwells up to deal with them. In the BKC rules it goes 3 times as fast as a Churchill. It was the bad luck of losing both FAC & FAO in the first moves that cut off my air & artillery support: both vital to my plan. :(

So thanks for all the good information, canny comments & interest.

I don't really know much about WW2.......I'm not sure I had to write that.

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Re: Italy, 1944

Post by FreddBloggs » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:08 am

I remember reading about the incident, they were astonished at the bullet marks a 20mm aa gun had left on it, so maintenance checked the serial number and found it was a training tank, but he refused as troop commander to let them swap it out.

He also commented on Comets, from their change over period, they took them out to a disabled panther and found the new gun (vickers 77mm (actually 76.2mm but not same ammo, hence different designation)) no better than the old 75mm cromwell gun.

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Re: Italy, 1944

Post by Etranger » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:02 pm

FreddBloggs wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:08 am
I remember reading about the incident, they were astonished at the bullet marks a 20mm aa gun had left on it, so maintenance checked the serial number and found it was a training tank, but he refused as troop commander to let them swap it out.
IIRC the 20mm round was embedded in the 'armourplate'. It's in Bill Bellamy's "Troop Leader" https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obit ... 82676.html

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Re: Italy, 1944

Post by FreddBloggs » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:04 pm

That's the one, could not remember if it was him or Steel Brownlie.

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Re: Italy, 1944

Post by grizzlymc » Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:04 pm

Essex Boy wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:17 am
That's a splendid looking game, Donald.
That's a real B&W photo of Italy EB. :fp:

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Re: Italy, 1944

Post by Essex Boy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:47 pm

grizzlymc wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:04 pm
Essex Boy wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:17 am
That's a splendid looking game, Donald.
That's a real B&W photo of Italy EB. :fp:
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Re: Italy, 1944

Post by MarshalNey » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:32 pm

Life is a game.

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Re: Italy, 1944

Post by FreddBloggs » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:29 pm

And I have lost the rule book, the dice are loaded and all my betting chips are in another dimension.

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