Personal Account W T Richardson, Anti-Tank Troop, British Expeditionary Force 1939-40

W T Richardson, Anti-Tank Troop, British Expeditionary Force 1939-40.

I was in the regular army and went to France with the BEF in September 1939. I was in command of an anti-tank troop of 4 guns and we remained in an around the Belgium border areas throughout the winter of 1939-40.

We crossed into Belgium when the "hot war" began and went as far as Leuven, north-east of Brussels, where my troop joined forces with a squadron of the mechanised cavalry and carried (out) rearguard actions back to the Dunkirk area.

We then formed part of the perimeter defence covering the evacuation and finally came off at a point between Dunkirk and Bray Dunes on the night of the 2nd / 3rd June 1940. We landed in Dover around 7am.

The troop was a grand group of chaps and it was an honour to serve with them. Their conduct enabled us to get back to the evacuation area still intact and with enough ammunition to stay in action.


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