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Beaufort-RAF
07-21-2006, 04:58 AM
Thought I€d post this as it€s virtually unknown that British troops fought with Tito's Partisans during the war.

In 1944 my grandfather€s artillery regiment was sent to the Adriatic island of Vis to join British Commandoes and other units

which had garrisoned the island with the Partisans.

They were there to repel an expected German invasion but the CO was determined they would be used offensively as well.

Rather uniquely they were used as €˜artillery commandoes€, supporting the real Commandoes (and Partisans) when they launched

operations against the enemy occupied islands and sometimes mounting their own raids.

These pics are from a raid in August 1944.

They landed on the Peljesac Peninsula (part of the mainland) and bombarded the nearby island of Korcula, giving the Germans

the nasty surprise of being attacked from their own rear.

Later in the year, after the Nazis had been driven from the Dalmatian Islands his regiment and Royal Marine Commandos moved

onto the Yugoslav mainland and fought the Germans in Montenegro until the end of 1944.



Preperation

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/1.jpg

Loading the 25 pounders (if you look carefully in the background you can see a Highlander in his kilt)

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/2.jpg

On the way

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/3.jpg

Landing

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/4.jpg

Tough terrain

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/5.jpg

Beaufort-RAF
07-21-2006, 04:58 AM
Thought I€d post this as it€s virtually unknown that British troops fought with Tito's Partisans during the war.

In 1944 my grandfather€s artillery regiment was sent to the Adriatic island of Vis to join British Commandoes and other units

which had garrisoned the island with the Partisans.

They were there to repel an expected German invasion but the CO was determined they would be used offensively as well.

Rather uniquely they were used as €˜artillery commandoes€, supporting the real Commandoes (and Partisans) when they launched

operations against the enemy occupied islands and sometimes mounting their own raids.

These pics are from a raid in August 1944.

They landed on the Peljesac Peninsula (part of the mainland) and bombarded the nearby island of Korcula, giving the Germans

the nasty surprise of being attacked from their own rear.

Later in the year, after the Nazis had been driven from the Dalmatian Islands his regiment and Royal Marine Commandos moved

onto the Yugoslav mainland and fought the Germans in Montenegro until the end of 1944.



Preperation

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/1.jpg

Loading the 25 pounders (if you look carefully in the background you can see a Highlander in his kilt)

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/2.jpg

On the way

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/3.jpg

Landing

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/4.jpg

Tough terrain

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/5.jpg

Beaufort-RAF
07-21-2006, 04:58 AM
In action

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/6.jpg

Back to the landing craft

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/7.jpg

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/8.jpg

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/9.jpg

They landed in two seperate places, the dust cloud in the background is where my grandfather was.

They were taking a pasting from 88's and had to call in rocket equipped Hurricanes to suppress the German guns.

Afterwards he had to help carry a dying colleague back to the shore.

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.meadows37/Korcula%20Raid%20August%201944/10.jpg

Friendly_flyer
07-21-2006, 05:05 AM
Thanks for sharing!

blairgowrie
07-21-2006, 05:13 AM
Excellent stuff but one wonders if there was not an easier way to move those 25 pounders.

stathem
07-21-2006, 05:26 AM
Great stuff Beaufort, thanks!

HotelBushranger
07-21-2006, 05:50 AM
Yeah, I really feel for the arty crews especially in the Pacific, where there was no possibility of towing vehicles. One real bad example was the fighting in Kokoda, when they had to carry 25 pounders up the mountains that even light infantry struggled to do.

Good to see peoples family history's getting posted here. I've already badgered my father to get his father to bring down all his records and photos of service - he was a mechanic in the Finnish Air Force and worked on 109s, 110s, 190s, Hunters. So looking forward to posting that.

joeap
07-21-2006, 05:55 AM
This is the kind of thread I like to see. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Bo_Nidle
07-21-2006, 06:45 AM
Really interesting photos and story. Nice one! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

FlatSpinMan
07-21-2006, 06:57 AM
Interesting story,Beaufort. There is certainly something to be said for self-propelled guns, isn't there? That must have been horrendously hard to move around, especially with 88mm rain coming down (sideways?) on you.
Thanks.

vocatx
07-21-2006, 08:17 AM
Thanks, Beaufort. If you've got any more, post it. Very interesting stuff.

LeOs.K_Walstein
07-21-2006, 08:46 AM
Thank you very much! Interesting.

Wallstein

Monty_Thrud
07-21-2006, 12:51 PM
A picture walkthrough, i like this, thanks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

BfHeFwMe
07-21-2006, 07:16 PM
Interesting pic's. Notice they have the Yugoslavian flag painted rather large on the sides of the landing craft. Wonder what the story is on the scuttled fishing boats, Germans destroy them?

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Badsight-
07-21-2006, 11:46 PM
Beaufort-RAF , did you know :

at WW2's end , Ante Paveli" & his Ustasa henchmen fled to British controlled austrian camps & were hidden there while a way was being arranged to secret them to the vatican - from there they were stuck on a ship to Argentina where he helped Perons Govt with security

i say "hidden" because a mass effort by Tito was launched to capture Pavelic

why the british (& US) forces helped the Nazi supporting Ustasa leaders to freedom is a Very interesting read

especailly as they were being made awear of the incredible human-genocide done by the Ustasa during WW2 (which also was done by Tito's Partisans) , throughout Croatia about 700,000 people were murdered (non combatants)

Ante Pavelic & his crew carried with them a treasure haul ripped from the croatian population that was laundered thru the Vatican bank (the Vatican/RCC had deep affiliation with Croatia)

what the west wanted was a beltline of countrys to hold back communist russia - any country that had elements of anti-communisim were supported at the end of WW2 . the RCC felt very at threat buy communisim & support the same elements in the same way

when pro-catholic croation forces rolled into a new village during WW2 , the orthodox christians made the cross symbol in a certian way - at times whole villages were butchered

the Balkans has some of the worst atrocities happen during WW2 , the whole area is drenced in blood

airjunkie
07-22-2006, 01:02 AM
No fishing in those boats.

Genie-
07-22-2006, 01:45 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Badsight-:
Beaufort-RAF , did you know :

why the british (& US) forces helped the Nazi supporting Ustasa leaders to freedom is a Very interesting read </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

please Badsight let's try to make this thread non political. Ya know, some of us here are actually from Croatia and some of us have a very different opinion about what happened here and why. (especially regarding Tito and killing of innocent ppl and British guys helping in that)

Badsight-
07-22-2006, 01:54 AM
please PM me then with your view - im interested to hear from both sides! (not joking at all)

my post above is a repeat of what i have read & watched so far

LeLv44_Mangrove
07-22-2006, 05:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Beaufort-RAF:
Tough terrain
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If that's thought try to imagine then what would be like to tow that gun in this terrain without any roads?(In fact German and Finnish troops did that in 1941) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Operation Silver Fox (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Silver_Fox)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5c/Polarfuchs.jpg

I would think that the mountain terrain and the forest would be as equal to fight on. Both are lack of roads and both are easy to defend with few men.