127 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment: 6 Battery-107 Battery-113 Battery-149 Battery: 40mm Bofors

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Thank to Ronnie Gamble for sending me the following information:

The Advance The SPs were alongside the Guards Armoured Division as the to Nijmegen spearhead in the punch through to relieve the Airborne on the Arnhem Bridge. As the Battery moved some distance up the road, the Germans moved in along the long narrow avenue of our columns. The Battery Troops were held up on their way to Nijmegen.34

After Eindhoven the Battery moved on to Grave, Neerbosch and Nijmegen. The Nijmegen bridge had already been taken by 82nd American Airborne. With the temporary German hold-up overcome, the Battery welcomed the new breakthrough. Troops were arriving at Nijmegen after performing several acts of bravery that were never mentioned outside the unit.

At that stage of the advance, the Battery was positioned for AA duties on the bridge area into Nijmegen. "We got within 10 miles of Arnhem after we went over the Nijmegan Bridge. At that stage we were still protecting the Guards Armoured Division. It was impossible to get to the Arnhem Bridge." Andy McGowan, 2004

The Road to "The road was narrow and built up on marshy ground. What was Arnhem happening was this, a tank would go forward on the road to Arnhem and the Germans would knock it out. The Allies would shunt the tank into the swamp and push the next tank forward, an impossible situation. If this had been any other country in the world, we would have punched through to the Arnhem Bridge, the terrain beat us. It was also a wet winter. If it had been a snowy winter with ice on the ground, the Allies might have got through to the Airborne." Andy McGowan, 2004



Willie Gamble never had the chance to rescue his brother. Sgt Jim Gamble, 1st Airborne, was trapped at Arnhem. Of the 10,000 troopers flown into Arnhem, he was one of the 2,000 survivors to make it back to Nijmegen.

The Nijmegen "The Battery troops were posted to gunpits at the Nijmegen Bridge Bridge area on September 17 1944. That was an easy date to remember because it was the day I met my future wife.

At the end of September we first heard the German jet aircraft. The British may have invented the jet engine but it was the Germans jet plane we saw in the air first. We could not touch these planes. With the piston engine planes all you had to do on hearing them approach was to close your eyes and turn your face in the general direction of the sound. This was 90% accurate for getting the gun on to a plane. With the jet aircraft this was impossible. All you heard was a "whooshing" well after the jet had passed your location. We had achieved air supremacy in Europe but it did not feel like it when the Me’s 25 hedge hopped over your location." Andy McGowan, 2004

The Ardennes The Battle of the Bulge, Belgium, 16 Dec 1944 until 16 Jan 1945

"At Nijmegen we were all getting ready to celebrate Christmas, the war was practically won at this stage, or so we thought. Trude, her father and mother and the gun crew were clubbing together to have a good Christmas. The cook, Marcus Wilton had been scalded when the stove exploded, other than that we had no serious problems.

About the Dec 19th 1944, Willie Watton, the Don R (Despatch Rider), came up to us. He told us to pack up as we had one hour to move. We told him to go away. This information was hard to believe.

After the Ardennes, the Battery moved back to Nijmegen and Forest Eindhoven. They then crossed the Nijmegen bridge and turned west, heading for Germany. The Battery moved through the Reichswald Forest, Goch and Cleve.

http://coleraine-battery.tripod.com/index.htm (for more info about the Battery)