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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 23rd Hussars
Month and Year: December 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt.Col. R.P. HARDING, DSO
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
Holland 1-10   Regiment at DEURNE, 6520.
4   4 x Cromwells IV received. 5 x Shermans V disposed of.
6   1 x Sherman 1C received. 14 x Shermans 1C disposed of.
9   28 x Shermans V and 1 x Stuart VI disposed of.
10-13   Regiment at GELDROP, 4815.
12   1 x Stuart VI and 2 x Cromwells IV received.
Belgium 14-15   Regiment moved to rest area YPRES for re-equipment. Disposal of Shermans 75s to 2nd ARG, BRUSSELS.
16-19   At YPRES.
16   2 x Other Ranks missing, 1 x Other Rank wounded.
1 x Cromwell IV and 2 x Comets 1A received.
20   15.00 hours. Regiment move on wheels to BRUSSELS to collect tanks.
7 x Shermans and 4 x Honeys move on tracks under Captain Blackman.
21   09.00 hours. "C" Squadron left BRUSSELS to take up position in area GIVET.
15.00 hours. Regiment less "C" Squadron move to GIVET.
22-24   Regiment under command H Company 8th RB in position protecting bridge at GIVET, "A" Squadron forward, "C" Squadron and H Company in GIVET, "B" Squadron in reserve west of the River. R.HQ at AGIMONT.
10 x Carrier Pigeons attached for communication with 21st Army Group.
25   Move forward to "lying up" positions east of River Meuse. "A" Squadron at NEUVILLE, 0672, "C" Squadron at FAMESNE, 0675, "B" Squadron at GOZIN, 0373. No contact. Withdraw to BEAURAING, 0171 for night.
26   Same positions
27   "B" Squadron changed reserve position to BARONVILLE, 0173. Recce troop patrol to Chanly, 1567. Some enemy seen.
2 x Other Ranks wounded.
28   Same positions
29   Two troops of "A" Squadron and "C" Squadron to former positions only. Remainder to BEAURAING.
31   "B" Squadron at Baronville.

The following received awards as stated:-

Major J.L. Watt
Major L.D. Hagger
Captain G.S.C. Bishop
Captain G.P. Mitchell (R.A.M.C.)
7928447 Sergeant D.N. Smith
7928447 Sergeant T.K. Roberts
7902914 L/Sergeant E. Harris
7922614 Corporal F. Jackson
557204 Corporal G. Johnson
7911751 L/Corporal A. Bradley

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Source: Neil Grimshaw.

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