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Army Form C.2118
Unit: 5 Royal Tank Regiment
Month and Year: December 1944 (Erase heading not required). Commanding Officer: Lt. Col. C.A. Holliman, DSO MC
Place Date Hour Summary Reference
1   Ref Maps 1/100,000 BELGIUM & HOLLAND Sheet 4
KINROY 1   No event - Regt Trg.
2   No event - Regt Trg.
3 1030 Visit by 30 Corps Comd - Lt. Gen Horrocks otherwise no event.
4   No event.
5   Regt forms into 2 lnf Coys 'B' & 'C' Sqns with a view to holding the line as such during the coming operations to be carried out by 43rd Div.
6 0800 Regt formed up and moved to new area SITTARD 6867. Route:- MAESEYCK - EELEN - DOUBLE DUTCH BR - BORN - SITTARD.
SITTARD 6 1200 Regt established in new area. RHQ, Recce 'B' and 'C' Sqns grouped in area 681672. 'A' Sqn location N.W. of the town at 681689. The Tks of 'B' & 'C' Sqns being left in A2 Ech.
7   Inf posns occupied in area TUDDERN 7070 by 'B' & 'C' Sqn plus Recce Tp.
8-13   No events.
14 1400 Griff Talk by the CO to all ranks. Subject:- “The present situation on the Western Front and forthcoming ops”.
15-18   No events.
19   Regt now placed under Comd 52 (L) Div. 'B' & 'C' Sqns revert to their tks.
20   Regt reverts to comd 22 Armd Bde. Enemy Aircraft active during night dropping a number of AP Bombs.
21 1200 Regt less 'A' Sqn moved to LIMBRICHT 6670 - otherwise no event.
LIMBRICHT 22   No event. At night 'A' Sqn was subjected to a hy “Stonk” from enemy guns. Strong suspicions of civilian informants in this area passing infm to the enemy. Casualties:- Cpl Cant Killed, Tpr Gilroy Killed, Tpr Ibbottson - Wounded.
23-24   No events.
25   Christmas Day - extra fare was forthcoming.
26   'B' Sqn placed under comd 1 RB and took up posns in the line at HOLTUM 658738. "A" Sqn had one tp NIEWSTAT 684724. Defensive posns for tks had previously been prepared by “Bull-dozers”.
27-28   No events.
29   'B' Sqn relieved by 1 RB and return to LIMBRICHT.
30-31   No events.

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Source: Joris Nieuwint, The Battlefield Explorer, transcribing: Hans Houterman.

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