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Community #1 Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:16 AM

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The_Challenger presents some extracts and pictures from the memoirs of a gunner who served on a Mark IV Cromwell tank in 1944.

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Bosancjeros #2 Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:21 AM

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great article, can't wait to see more, thx WG

Hokum15 #3 Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:32 AM

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Nice to see some British tank details and memoirs, many don't seem to remember the British had their own tanks.

Layla #4 Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:37 AM

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I really enjoyed that article. Excellent. More like this would be so interesting!

Supernashwan #5 Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:42 AM

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Great stuff, I would recommend any of the stuff from http://www.bbc.co.uk.../ww2peopleswar/

Its a huge archive of first hand accounts from WW2, from civilians service men and women from all sides, anything from short anecdotes to epic stories, some tragic, some funny, all worth reading.

My favorite is the story of the Marconi wireless operators escape from Singapore, absolutely edge of the seat stuff.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...egories/c55050/

TheFishKing #6 Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

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Excellent stuff.

It puts the lives many of us live today into utterly mundane perspective...

Willboy #7 Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:47 AM

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I've always loved first-hand accounts of history, ever since my late Grandmother of the WAAFs told me of her experiences in the war alongside her husband who was a Squadron Leader flying a Lancaster. Its not often I get to hear a tanker's account so thank you very much indeed for this.

Lord_Dominator #8 Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:56 AM

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Awesome read!

Looking forward to the second part :Smile_great:

Total020 #9 Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:59 AM

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Can't wait for part two! Great Article.

McStucoprc #10 Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:59 AM

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Great article,as other guys here,I like this stuff,but I have a couple of questions.
I don't mean direspect.
I tought that an 17 pounder gun is an 76mm gun,not 75mm,
and judgeing  from several similiar articles, 17 pounder gun was one of the most fearsome weapon of ww2.
Now,Panther tanks was best german tank hunters,and maybe an Firefly couldn't penetrate their front armor, but their front slop couldn't bounce an Pershing 90mm gun,as soon from a video,where pershing hit panther 3 times,3th shot set him on fire.
I had high opinion of Sherman fireflies,since it was described as a tank hunter that could engage enemy armor at very long range.

ShaikoTank #11 Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:05 PM

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Highly appreciated! I really like to read old war stories. You can add more of those stories, they are great. :Smile_great:

Teazle #12 Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:07 PM

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If you can't wait for the 2nd part then here is the full unabridged version:

http://www.bbc.co.uk.../a1951373.shtml

HelHammer #13 Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:08 PM

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pleto #14 Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:23 PM

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Great story :Smile_great:

Wuppiecat #15 Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:39 PM

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Interesting read, thanks for putting it up.

Navarome #16 Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:39 PM

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i feel the need to drive a cromwell :Smile_veryhappy:

Elninjo12 #17 Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:42 PM

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Great story!! :Smile_popcorn1:

Leutnant_Kramer #18 Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:06 PM

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Interesting read.

View PostMcStucoprc, on 03 October 2012 - 11:59 AM, said:

Great article,as other guys here,I like this stuff,but I have a couple of questions.
I don't mean direspect.
I tought that an 17 pounder gun is an 76mm gun,not 75mm,
and judgeing  from several similiar articles, 17 pounder gun was one of the most fearsome weapon of ww2.
Now,Panther tanks was best german tank hunters,and maybe an Firefly couldn't penetrate their front armor, but their front slop couldn't bounce an Pershing 90mm gun,as soon from a video,where pershing hit panther 3 times,3th shot set him on fire.
I had high opinion of Sherman fireflies,since it was described as a tank hunter that could engage enemy armor at very long range.
Basically, the Cromwell wasn't fitted with a 17 pdr. That one was a quite powerful weapon (though not quite a match for the higher caliber German 8.8 cm PaK/KwK 43 which had both better penetration and a higher stopping power - or the 90 mm M3 of the Pershing, I guess). The Cromwell, however, had an Ordnance QF 75 mm - which was basically a 6 pdr with a higher caliber - it was supposed to be better against infantry with its HE shell (both compared to the 6 pdr and the 17 pdr) but lacked the penetration of those dedicated anti-tank guns. The QF 75 mm used the same ammunition as the American 75 mm guns, such as the Sherman's - which was deemed too weak for a proper tank by the British, creating the Sherman Firefly, but apparently strong enough for a cruiser tank such as the Cromwell.

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Very nice story im looking forward to reading pt2 and more like this :-)

The_Challenger #20 Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

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View PostTheFishKing, on 03 October 2012 - 11:46 AM, said:

Excellent stuff.

It puts the lives many of us live today into utterly mundane perspective...

I agree totally, :Smile_Default:




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