Hogg, James (Oral history)

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  • 22584
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  • whole: Duration 105, Number Of Items 4
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British NCO served with 115 and 13 Light Anti-Aircraft Regts, Royal Artillery in GB, North Africa and Italy, 1941-1945

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REEL 1 Background in Hull, 1919-1939: family; education at Hull Grammar School, 1930s; life in Hull during 1930s; employment with Hull City Council cleansing department; anticipation of war, 1938-1939; attempt to join Territorial Army. Aspects of enlistment and training with 8th Bn East Yorkshire Regt in GB, 1939-1941: call-up to Beverley, 12/1939; incident of racial discrimination during basic training; training as motor transport driver; pattern of basic training; conversion to 8th Battalion; coastal defence duties at Hornsea, 6/1940; move to Sunderland, summer 1940. REEL 2 Continues: relations with civilians in Sunderland area; character of commanding officer. Aspects of period as NCO with 115 Light Anti-Aircraft Regt, Royal Artillery in GB, 1941-1942: conversion of unit from infantry to artillery; promotion to motor transport sergeant; character of commandeered vehicles; move to St Margaret's Cliff near Dover, 1942. Memories of voyage from GB to Algeria board Derbyshire, 12/1942-1/1943. Recollections of operations as NCO with 115 Light Anti-Aircraft Regt, Royal Artillery in North Africa, 1943: arrival in Algiers; move from Algiers to Sedjnine area, 1/1943; role giving anti-aircraft support to 25 Pounders; first unit casualty; German air superiority; withdrawal from German advance to Jebel Abbiod, 2/1943; sight of Guards returning to support US troops at Kasserine. REEL 3 Continues: further memories of withdrawal from Sedjnine, 2/1943; recreation time in Tunis area after German surrender, 5/1943; promotion to Battery Quartermaster Sergeant. Recollections of operations as Battery Quartermaster Sergeant with 115 Light Anti-Aircraft Regt, Royal Artillery in Italy, 1943-1944: move of unit to Salerno, 9/1943; attaching of unit to 10 Corps, 5th Army; General McCreedy's style of leadership; reasons for slow advance in Italy; impasse on Gustav Line; move to Palestine, early 1944; return to Italy as part of 8th Army; lack of German Air Force activity; relations with civilians in Fallerone. REEL 4 Continues: disbanding of unit. Period with 13 Light Anti-Aircraft Regt, Royal Artillery in Italy, 1945-1946: posting to unit at Bari; move to Leghorn and Ancona; black market in Rome after VE Day. Aspects of civilian life after 1945: demobilisation, 1946; question of problems with postal vote during General Election, 1945; teacher training under emergency scheme in Liverpool. Attitude to having served with British Army during Second World War.

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