Re: WW2 - 79th (british ) ARMOURED DIVISION
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Good morning, Leslie Holt !
According tomy references, this A/D was not party to the action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy or Southern France. The division is not listed as a combatant at the Battle of the Bulge.
The 79th A/D is listed for the D-Day invasion of Europe,
If you have access to:
Warren Tute, author,
Collier Books, NYNY, publisher,
256 pages, 1974,
you will have access to the listing of approximately 25 elements making up this division for the invasion.
The book is replete with combat photos (not of the 79th, but of all elements), and graphic maps covering the invasion and, later, the break out from the beach.
I noted a single reference to the 79th A/D, which seems to confirm Alan Forrest's "funnies" comment.
The author is speaking of beach conditions just before the Allies went in. The sand appeared to be firm enough, but they didn't want to take any chances that their equipment might become mired.
"...the 79th Armoured Division began to design a Bobbin tank, which would lay a mat across the beaches to prevent transport floundering."
That is all I have on this unit at the time. If I come across anything else, I will be pleased to inform you. OK?
Do you have any other information which I could target ?
With best regards,
Louie F. Turner.