Sexton self-propelled gun of 147th (Essex Yeomanry) Field Regiment, the first Royal Artillery unit to fire its guns in Germany, 21 November 1944.(B12024)
The crew of a Sexton self-propelled gun of 147th (Essex Yeomanry) Field Regiment, the first Royal Artillery unit to fire its guns in Germany, 21 November 1944(IWM B.12023)

147 (Essex Yeomanry) Field Regiment:


 

4 February 1945: Move to Eindhoven marshalling area.


5 February 1945: 00.45, Night march to hide in Dekkerswald, south of Nijmegen arriving at 07.30hrs, 6 Feb 1945.

 

6 February 1945: 8 th Armd Bde under command 15 (S) Division.

 

7 February 1945: Hidden in the woods, no firing or movement under command 1 Cdn Army.

 

8 February 1945: Operation “Veritable” started 04.30 with Gilbert G.B. and Barrage. Moved to Groesbeek at 16.00hrs. 1200 rounds expended.

 

9 February 1945: Fired Sullivan 01.30, Layton fired at 13.00hrs. Moved at 14.00hrs Galgensteeg, area shelled. Now under command 43 Div.

 

10 February 1945: Night moved delayed all night. No firing all day.

 

11 February 1945: moved into Germany.

 

29 March 1945: As last night, 3 fire plans shortly after dark in sp 51(H) Div attack on Dinxperlo.

 

30 March 1945: Regt moved to assembly area north of Anholt and fired in support of 43 Div. 511 Bty on left flank protection of main guard thrust by 43 Div with U/C 8 Armd Bde.

413 and 431 Btys in main gp move. 413 Bty then moved 800ydrs east after being shelled. In Holland once more. RHQ, 413, 431 Btys move up to Sinderen at 20.30hrs, leaving 511 Bty in action.

 

31 March 1945: 511 Bty move up at 06.00hrs, Regts moved up to Varsseveld, mainly cleared by 4 S.L.I., 3 pw taken.

 

1 April 1945: Moved 02.00hrs on a ‘swan’431 Bty in advance guard. Regt 1000x. South of Ruurlo at 06.30 and harassing fire put down on road north of the town. Gun area in the evening 2000x SE of Lochem.

 

2 April 1945: Moved at 05.00hrs through  Barchem and Neede to gun area. The guns having to move in the afternoon to cover an attack on Borne by 130Bde. A large amount of smoke fired across the Twente Canal but no bridging by us.

 

3 April 1945: Attack on Borne comparatively slow. Very little firing. We fire in sp of 4 th Canadian Arm Div crossing Twente canal.

 

4 April 1945: Regt comes out of action, regrouping for Op “Forrard on” starts.

 

5 April 1945: Oldenzaal, maintenance N.T.R.

 

6 April 1945:Regiment moves to Germany.