Hughes, William Peter (Oral history)

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  • 18702
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  • whole: Duration 60, Number Of Items 2
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British trooper served with 4/7th Dragoon Guards in GB and North West Europe, 1944-1945

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REEL 1 Background in GB, 1923-1939: family and education. Recollections of Liverpool Blitz, 1940-1941: German bombs which fell on area; bombing of place of employment; effect of Churchill's speeches. Reasons for joining army after volunteering for RAF, 3/9/1942. Period of tank training with 4/7th Dragoon Guards, 8th Armoured Bde in GB, 1942-1944: tanks he trained on; joining unit at Keighley; training on swimming tanks; use of Davis escape apparatus; exercises on Hampshire-Dorset coast. Recollections of operations with C Sqdn, 4/7th Dragoon Guards in Normandy, 6/1944- 8/1944: landing on Gold Beach on D-Day, 6/6/1944; reaction to Allied aircraft dropping fuel tank, 7/6/1944; loss of first tank, Jerusalem, 6/1944; attack around Tessel Wood and loss of second Sherman tank, 6/1944. REEL 2 Continues: loss of third Sherman during attacks on Hottot, 6/1944; gaining reputation as 'Jonah'; period in rest camp on beachhead; loss of fourth tank and transfer to unit transport. Recollections of period with 4/7th Dragoon Guards in North West Europe, 8/1944-5/1945: push through France after Falaise, 8/1944; state of Goch after capture by Allies, 2/1945; crossing of River Rhine, 3/1945; capture of Bremen, 4/1945. Recollections of period with 4/7th Dragoon Guards during occupation of Germany, 1945: fraternisation with civilians; relationship with German civilians in Enschede area. Demobilisation in Chippenham. Story of meeting future wife in Leuven, Belgium, 12/1944. Contents of 14 man packs issued to British troops. Attitude to having served in Second World War.

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