190 Field Regiment: 529 Battery 530 Battery 531 Battery- 25 pounders

Unit No.

 

21 September 1944: We stretched through south Holland, we almost harboured in the outskirts of Eindhoven but instead moved on through the town and out to De Mispelhoef a few miles to the north-west. The regiment arrived here before any troops and no-one quite knew where the enemy was. Our gun area was beside out first Dutch canal, and two batteries had accommodation in a German air force barracks. 

 

22 September 1944: 7 Seaforths established themselves across the canal and pushed on to attack Best. In the early stages of this attack Captain P.Mangham of E.Troop was killed by an 88 shell and his signaller wounded.

 

26 September 1944: The Regiment moved up to the Canal to give extra support to the operations which tended to be out of range.

 

29 September 1944: We moved again, this time passing through the outskirts of Best and occupying an area in the small village of Vernhout a few miles of St Oedenrode. This position was famous for the gliders, relics of the local airborne landing, in which were strew in hundreds over in the surrounding fields. Every gun had its own personal glider, and any spare time was spent in searching the others for souvenirs.

 

4 October 1944: We were relieved  by 128 Field Regiment, and pulled out to rest at Bakel (Brabant) a village four miles west of Helmond.

 

9 October 1944: we moved into action at Oploo (Brabant).

 

12 October 1944: Took part in Operation "Constellation" we began with a barrage almost on the Normandy scale, conditions were frightful, the soft ground making going very difficult for the tanks of 11th Armoured Division. Everything went well for several days until heavy rain made things impossible.

 

15 October 1944: We moved to Overloon, but we were pulled out of the battle 2 days later and send back to our rest area at Bakel.

 

20 October 1944: We proceeded on the west of the Nijmegen corridor to give support for the attack on S'Hertogenbosch by the 7th Armoured Division and 53 Division, our area was down a long sandy track at Zandkant which we reached after a journey over roads littered with knocked out vehicles,through Veghel and Dinter.

 

23 October 1944: We fired from the same position in support of 51 Division. Operation "Colin" which was aimed at St.Michelsgestel and Boxtel, and which also started off well. The next day the Regiment moved back to its old haunts in the Best area.

 

25 October 1944: 46 Brigade with 2 Scots Guards and 190 Field in support carried out the drill book advance to contact battle. 530 Battery were placed close up in the order of march behind the vanguard company with the remainder of the Regiment in the rear of the main guard. Two OPs in Churchill tanks, alll OPs with tanks and Infantry were from this Regimentand on the same frequency. Major Stephenson ordered his vanguard Battery into action on first contact with the enemy halfway between Oirschot and Meegestel (Brabant). The 2IC Major Keene travelling with the advance guard Battalion R. Group deployed the remainder of the regiment, the whole regiment now being ready to fire within half an hour on the first deployment.

 

26 October 1944: The Regiment moved into Meergestel but were not required to fire very much.

 

27 October 1944: The Regiment moved into Tilburg, early in the morning the recce party started out on an unknown mission which led them to a gun area on the far side of Tilburg, and later in the day admist huge cheering crowds the regiment passed  through the town to come into action.

 

29 October 1944: The Regiment moved over via Eindhoven,Geldrop,Heeze and came into action a little north of the village of Asten. On the night of the 30th there was quite a considerable raid in the Helmond area and our waggon-lines suffered badly from A-P bombs, ASM. L.Ginger of LAD was killed and several of his men badly wounded.

 

1 November 1944: The Regiment moved to the area of Rinkveld (Brabant), a position which was occupied in darkness.

 

2 November 1944: The Regiment was ordered to move forward south of Slot, but on the recce the CO2 found that the area was badly mined, and before he was able to inform the Bty recce parties Lieutenant G.A. Smith CPO of 529Bty drove into the area from the wrong direction and was blown up on a mine and killed, his Ack badly wounded. These were the only casualties had had in the whole campaign from mines. We did not occupied this area.

 

4 November 1944: The Regiment moved south of Asten to a position well off any main road and with all approaching tracks badly cut up and think with mud.

 

19 November 1944: The Regiment moved up its muddy path to occupy a wet houseless area north of Beringe, and once they got there were unable to get out. The rain poured and the Skye route became more and more lke a morass.

 

25 November 1944: We managed to get away and moved by a very roundabout route through Meijel, Deurne and Amerika to Horst (Limburg). here we fired our first rounds at German soil on the far side of the Maas, the next day. It was a U target and directed by the CRA himself. We did not stay long at Horst but moved agasin to a new sphere of action, We took over the gun positions occupied by 143 Field Regiment who were in action at Maasbree with their infantry in position near Blerick.The attack on Blerick was a great succes and by that evening the whole of BLerick had been cleared of enemy. But the succes of the day was saddened y the death of Major S.M.Ginn BC of 531 Battery, who was killed by a shell whilst sitting in HQ of the Seaforths after the attack.

 

5th December 1944: 530 and 531 Batteries were billited in Asten itself and RHQ and 529 at Heusden about two miles of Asten. Here we had a forthnight rest period.

 

17 December 1944: We moved to Roggel, and we had no sooner arrived in the gun area before we were attacked by a force of German jet planes and Stukas, two men in RHQ being killed, Gunners P.McAllum and M.Isaacman. Life at Roggel was to prove incessantly boring, but as quarters for the coldest time of the year it was not too bad. Good shelters were constructed for every gun and there was not too much firing to disturb many nights.

 

31 December 1944: The New year was ushered in by a fine burst of harrasing fire which soon stopped the sounds of the Germans revelling on the far bank.

 

25 January 1945: The Regiment moved to Tilburg and occupied what must have been the most popular billets we had entered since we left Britain.

 

5 February 1945: All Divisional signs were covered up it was pretty obvious that there was quite a big show coming on. And so there was a great air of expectancy in all minds as the Regiment pulled out from Tilburg at night and did a horrible night march up to Nijmegen.

 

6 February 1945: After out unpleasant night marched we arrived near the early in the morning, out gun area was about four miles south-west of Nijmegen in the middle of a wood, everything was wet and muddy.

 

8 February 1945: The biggest barrage we ever fired openend the attack on the Reichswald.

 

9 February 1945: The Regiment moved into Germany.