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Alan Booth 1953-55

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Antagonist

Antagonist

Lee & Alford, Bazooka plate stuck in tree.The two pictures showing the bazooka plate stuck in the tree. Dad recounts that it took most of the day to chop the plate free. Then the Centurion wouldn’t start so REME had to be called out. By now night had fallen on Luneburg Heath. They tried to find their way back in the pitch black, with Cpl Lee sitting outside next to the driver’s hatch, shouting instructions. The turret was traversed to the rear and Dad was sitting in the signaller/loader’s seat. He was wanting to look out of the loader’s hatch so he could see where he was going. However the commander’s hatch was open and the cupola was spinning round. As the tank bounced across the ground, the open commander’s hatch would spin over the open loaders hatch preventing Dad from sticking his head out. He decided to try and catch it. He waited his chance and after the hatch had spun past again he reached out and grabbed the ring. Just as he did this the commander’s hatch decided to slam shut, trapping the fingers of his right hand. He somehow got the crew to stop over the din of the engines and they inspected the damage in the headlamps. He’d crushed three fingers. They carried on before blundering across a near deserted camp where they were directed to an aid post. The response from the medical staff there was ‘bloody hell, we can’t deal with that’! he was given an injection of penicillin in his backside and sent to a larger aid post where the reaction of staff was again ‘bloody hell, we can’t deal with that’! and he was given another injection of penicillin in his backside. He eventually ended up at a military hospital in Hamburg. To this day he can’t straighten the index, middle and ring fingers of his right hand.

Lee & Alford, Bazooka plate stuck in tree.The two pictures showing the bazooka plate stuck in the tree. Dad recounts that it took most of the day to chop the plate free. Then the Centurion wouldn’t start so REME had to be called out. By now night had fallen on Luneburg Heath. They tried to find their way back in the pitch black, with Cpl Lee sitting outside next to the driver’s hatch, shouting instructions. The turret was traversed to the rear and Dad was sitting in the signaller/loader’s seat. He was wanting to look out of the loader’s hatch so he could see where he was going. However the commander’s hatch was open and the cupola was spinning round. As the tank bounced across the ground, the open commander’s hatch would spin over the open loaders hatch preventing Dad from sticking his head out. He decided to try and catch it. He waited his chance and after the hatch had spun past again he reached out and grabbed the ring. Just as he did this the commander’s hatch decided to slam shut, trapping the fingers of his right hand. He somehow got the crew to stop over the din of the engines and they inspected the damage in the headlamps. He’d crushed three fingers. They carried on before blundering across a near deserted camp where they were directed to an aid post. The response from the medical staff there was ‘bloody hell, we can’t deal with that’! he was given an injection of penicillin in his backside and sent to a larger aid post where the reaction of staff was again ‘bloody hell, we can’t deal with that’! and he was given another injection of penicillin in his backside. He eventually ended up at a military hospital in Hamburg. To this day he can’t straighten the index, middle and ring fingers of his right hand.

Booth and Lee

Booth and Lee

Alan Booth bayoneting Paddy Hart

Alan Booth bayoneting Paddy Hart

Camouflaged Centurion

Camouflaged Centurion

Crashed DeHavilland Vampire

Crashed DeHavilland Vampire

nk, Booth, Paddy Hart

nk, Booth, Paddy Hart

Booth with Sten

Booth with Sten

Paddy Hart on left

Paddy Hart on left

Group Photo

Group Photo

Booth on Bren

Booth on Bren

Paddy Hart bayoneting two in trench

Paddy Hart bayoneting two in trench

Paddy Hart exposed!

Paddy Hart exposed!

2lt Loughran, Booth pulling face, Curtis on right

2lt Loughran, Booth pulling face, Curtis on right

Alan Booth Osnabruck

Alan Booth Osnabruck

Booth,nk, Lowbridge,'Scouse' Loughran, Curtis

Booth,nk, Lowbridge,’Scouse’ Loughran, Curtis

Titch Curtis carried by Alan Booth

Titch Curtis carried by Alan Booth

Titch Curtis Osnabruck

Titch Curtis Osnabruck

Range at Hohne

Range at Hohne

Range at Hohne

Range at Hohne

Thor

Thor

Antagonist 2'Aires' 6 'Antagonist' 'Avenger' 'at speed'

Booth 2nd from right Titch Curtis

Booth 2nd from right Titch Curtis

Booth on left

Booth on left

Booth on leftCenturion 1 Centurion 2 Centurion Centurion

Cpl Crawford and Tpr Stevens on railway truck

Cpl Crawford and Tpr Stevens on railway truck

Dutch Army Chaffee

Dutch Army Chaffee

Group & Centurion

Half Track

Half Track

Dutch Army Chaffee 2

Titch Curtis

Titch Curtis

name tba 2 name tba 'Titch' Curtis 6