Map of the German landing sites for the invasion of Kos

Defence of Kos – Regiment Diary

The lads are in good heart and full of fight. Motivation is not a problem with these sterling blokes, they are a credit to themselves and the Service. However, even they are now coming to terms with the prospect of defeat here. The Germans have been quiet for the last few days but have returned with a vengeance today.

A Hawker Hurricane attacks a bridge in Burma

Imphal

At the end of March 1944, No 2944 Field Squadron of the RAF Regiment was stationed near Maungdaw on the Arakan Front giving protection to AMES (Air Ministry Experimental Stations), these were mobile short range Radar Units giving early warning of approaching enemy aircraft to forward ground forces, they were normally positioned between forward Infantry and heavy Artillery.

Otter light reconnaissance cars enter Salonika, Greece

Greece and Yugoslavia

After the early capture of Sicily and the landings in Italy, Allied Forces put further pressure on German resources with the Invasion of Greece and operations in Yugoslavia with the partisans of Tito. A mixed force from the Levant and Italy, Bucket Force, landed on the Peloponnese, with the intention of seizing the airhead at Araxos.

Map of Sicily for Operation Husky

Operation Husky – Sicily and Italy

With the North African shore cleared, the whole of the Southern Europe landscape was open to the Allies for invasion. The decision was taken to take one of the Axis powers out of the coalition facing us – Italy.┬áThe traditional route of invasion through Sicily was chosen partly because of the airfields it would yield to support the main effort on mainland Italy later.

A gunner, prepares a brew in front of his armoured car

Habbaniyah – Raising the Siege

Even as Iraqi troops were assembling on the Heights above Habbaniyah, Wavell had been instructed by Churchill to ready a relief force. This was the only time in the entire war that he completely overruled one of his commanders.

Vehicle crew, waiting for a camp kettle to boil beside their armoured car

Iraq 1941

Hitler’s main objective for 1941 was the defeat of the Soviet Union and Stalin. He had curtailed any thoughts of invasion of the British Isles and moved the majority of his offensive armour eastwards. To protect his southern flank during operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia, Hitler needed the British and Commonwealth forces to be unable to interfere with his advance.

25-pounder field gun

25-Pounder Field Gun

The 25-pounder field gun was a major British field gun during World War 2 that was introduced into service just before war broke out.

Otter being serviced at Prkos, Yugoslavia

GMC Otter

The Otter Light Reconnaissance Car (known officially by the British as “Car, Light Reconnaissance, Canadian GM Mark I”) was a light armoured car produced by Canada during the Second World War for British and Commonwealth Forces.

Smith Gun

Smith Gun

This gun was an ad-hoc design originating in the days after Dunkirk when the Army needed effective, cheap-to-produce weapons with which to stop a possible German invasion of the UK.

Map of the German landing sites for the invasion of Kos

Letters from Kos

Dear Brother Tom,

Where to start, this has been one of the worst days of my life. How I wish we were still doing escorts in the desert to Derna, but that is long past now.