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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 23rd Hussars
Month and Year: July 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt.Col. R.P. HARDING, DSO
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
FRANCE 1-7   Harbour in area PUTOT-EN-BESSIN, 1 OR killed 5 Jul. Received 15 Shermans, 1 Stuart
8   Relieve 4 CLY in counter-attack role NORTH of RAURAY under command 12 Corps. Remained there until 14 Jul very occasional shelling and mortaring.
15   Rejoined A Ech area CULLY. 3 Shermans, 2 Carriers S & C received.
17 0100 F and A. 1 echs moved to harbour WEST of R. ORNE.
17 2300 Moved across R. ORNE.
18 0740 Adv behind 2 FF Yeo
18 1120 A Sqn engaged from area DEMOUVILLE.
18 1230 Action broken off and avd continued.
18 1430 Move fwd in sp 2 FF Yeo NORTH of SOLIERS. RHQ area of GRENTHEVILLE.
18 1800 Withdrew to cover of rly embankment GRENTHEVILLE. 11 ORs killed, Major Seymour, Capt. Jones, Lt. Cochrane and 30 ORs wounded, Major Shebbeare, Lt. Pratt and 6 ORs missing.
19   In reserve behind rly. Lt. Addison and 1 OR wounded, 1 OR missing
19 1700 Attacked by approx 30 FW 190s 1 shot down
19 2030 Harbour just SE of CAEN.
20 0530 B Sqn fwd in sp of 159 Inf Bde area BRAS.
20 1145 Move to DEMOUVILLE. A and A.1 echs rejoined. 1 OR killed, Capt. Walter and 1 OR wounded.
21   Harbour DEMOUVILLE. Heavy rain. 1 M/C received.
FRANCE 22 0630 Moved to harbour area ST GERMAIN DES BLANCHES HERBES where stayed until 28 Jul. 20 Shermans received. 3 Crusaders to 58 LAA Regt. 2 Stuarts to 44 RTR. 4 Carriers S & C to 8 Corps OFP.
29 0100 Moved to area CAUMONT. Harbour SOUTH of FOULOGNES 6570.
30 0300 Adv carrying 3 Mons on tanks.
30 1100 Held up by Inf and mines just NORTH of SEPT VENTS.
30 1200 Adv to ST JEAN DES ESSARTIERS. Two 88 mms captured.
31 0200 Harbour
31 1400 Adv by ST MARTIN DES BESACES, FORET L'EVEQUE, LA FERRIERS. 'B' Sqn leading captured two 105 mm guns X rds 6345. 'B' Sqn cross R.SOULEUVE at 1800 hrs. followed by 'C', RHQ, 'A'.
31   Own vehs lost by enemy action during Jul:- 14 Shermans, 1 M/c.
31   Enemy vehs (minimum losses: Destroyed: 2 Tigers, 8 Panthers, 2 Sps, 1 Messerschmidt 109, 1 F.W. 190. K.O.: 1 Panther, 2 105 mm guns.

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Source: Jeroen Koppes, TracesOfWar.com.

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