The TOG

I was amused to find this report on the TOG 1 and 2 in the archives.  The TOGs were heavy tank designs created by "The Old Gang" - men who had been behind the original tank designs in WW1.

A few more photos

Here are the remainder of the interesting photos I took yesterday. This Valentine at Camp Borden in Ontario has suffered a little fender damage. Lend-lease Valentine tanks (I'm unsure of the mark, but those elongated turrets make me think of British-built Mk IIIs) going into battle in Russia. 46 RTR Valentine tanks (identified through the…

Some Canadian vehicle photos

I took pictures of a few photos at the Canadian War Museum Research Centre today. These are Valentine tanks (Mk VI presumably) being tested at Camp Borden This is a Fox armoured car from the 12th Manitoba Dragoons which served in Northwest Europe (France and Germany).  Note the "mickey mouse" camouflage scheme.

The (Matilda) Black Prince

"The Black Prince" can refer to two British tanks of World War 2.  Both were prototypes that were not accepted for regular service.  One was a project to upgrade the Churchill tank to mount a 17 pounder gun.  The other was a little stranger... I came across references to the Black Prince in two documents…

The Royal Marines Armoured Support Group

The Royal  Marines Armoured Support Group was a unit of howitzer-armed Centaur tanks that landed on D-Day.  The following document from (I believe) August 1944 reviews their activities upon and after landing.  I think that it provokes some ideas for dioramas. This picture shows one of the Centaur tanks towing a "Porpoise" ammunition sledge: After…

Three For Three – 3RTR

I just finished reading Cyril Joly's book Take These Men, and as that makes the third book I have read about the actions of 3RTR, it seems like a good topic for a post. I did not expect to find a copy of Take These Men in Canada.  So far as I know, it has not…

Canadian Valentine Technical Details

The following specifications are also taken from Design Record, Canadian-Developed Military Vehicles, World War II, Army Engineering Design Branch, Department of Munitions and Supply The "User Comments" section at the end is somewhat hilarious - as if they were Amazon reviews or something of the like, and tending to the technical details rather than the actual…

The Canadian Valentine

The following is the introduction to the Valentine (Marks VI and VII) produced in Canada, from Design Record, Canadian-Developed Military Vehicles, World War II, Army Engineering Design Branch, Department of Munitions and Supply Almost all of these vehicles were sent to the USSR under the Lend-Lease program to help prevent the Germans from defeating them. This…