Pentelow, Jack (Oral history)

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  • 21627
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  • whole: Duration 90, Number Of Items 3
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British trooper served with 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry in GB and North West Europe, 1943-1945

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REEL 1 Background in Raunds, 1924-1942: family; education; reaction to declaration of Second World War, 9/1939; German Air Force bombing of Rushden; troops in Raunds area. Aspects of enlistment and training with Royal Armoured Corps and 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry in GB, 1942-1944: enlistment, 10/1942; training as driver-mechanic; reaction to posting to 1 Troop, A Sqdn 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry; memories of Sergeant 'Buck' Ryan; training in Bury St Edmunds area; preparations for Normandy landings, 1944. Recollections of operations as NCO with 1 Troop, A Sqdn, 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry in Normandy, 1944: character of Channel crossing and landing; destruction of German Mark 4 on outskirts of Caen; story of trooper's meal being spoiled by burst oil filter; night march, 7/8/1944; death of Sergeant 'Buck' Ryan, 8/8/1944; loss of troop officer, Lieutenant Cokely during Operation Totalise. REEL 2 Continues: losses during Operation Totalise and transfer to 4 Troop; German use of bazooka on his Sherman Firefly at St Julien, c11/8/1944; shooting of Sergeant Fred Finney by sniper; capture of two German POWs and under fire from German 88mm guns; transfer to 2 Troop. Recollections of operations as trooper with A Sqdn, 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry in North West Europe, 1944-1945: reasons for delay in advancing into Netherlands after 8/1944; move from Leur to Ardennes, 12/1944; reception received by US troops in Ardennes; practising with Buffalo amphibians near Maastricht; crossing River Rhine and how his Buffalo amphibian became isolated on eastern bank; move to Zwolle for projected attack on Amsterdam; story of eating with Dutch family. REEL 3 Continues: Aspects of period as NCO with 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry during Occupation of Germany, 1945: picking up black-marketeer; dealing with Displaced Persons and confiscation of revolvers near Brunswick; attending court and hearing punishment inflicted on Displaced Person in concentration camp during Second World War; promotion to sergeant; treatment he received from regimental sergeant-major at Royal Armoured Corps training centre at Belsen; demobilisation. Attitude to having served with 1st Bn Northamptonshire Yeomanry during Second World War. Reflections on service with 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry in GB and North West Europe, 1942-1945: further details of his role during Operation Totalise, 8/8/1944; memories of joining unit at Codford; memories of Regimental Sergeant-Major Jelley.

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