Personal Account of T Hogan 210 Battery, 59th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Personal account of T Hogan 210 Battery, 59th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery.

I would like you to know of the big part played by a small anti-tank unit, namely 210 Battery, 59 Anti-Tank Regiment which consisted mainly of territorials with a few regulars and reservists. We fought as the rearguard (with 144th Infantry Brigade – 48th Division) from Waterloo in Belgium to Wormhoudt in France. I should like them with 143rd Infantry Brigade to get a little credit, they not the main army or Hitler, stopped the German advance as some historians would have you believe.

The facts are indisputable, 48th Division held Cassel, Wormhoudt and Bergues. Behind this screen the BEF got away. How long did we hold Wormhoudt, I cannot say for sure. I know our gun took a number of tanks and when you considered who we stopped I could not believe it. Guderian's tanks, Dietrich with his Liebstandarte SS. These SS troops massacred the prisoners they took after this action.

All in all our small unit took the cream of the German tanks on and stopped them. Yes a bunch of yeoman at that destroyed 20 tanks. Not just any old tanks but Guderian's tanks. Often I think about this action and wonder how we got away with it. Our No 1 waited until they were so close, about 200 yards, before ordering us to fire.

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