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Offline Trikeman

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Re: Eastwells
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2015, 23:12:54 »
Here are a few pictures of the Eastwell wartime huts taken last month - the area is very close to Boughton Aluph
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Re: Eastwells
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2015, 23:10:37 »
Here are a few pictures of the Eastwell wartime huts taken last month - the area is very close to Boughton Aluph
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Re: Eastwells
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2015, 22:15:28 »
All photos taken 26 April 1944.

© IWM (H 37937) Close-up of the flame projector of a Churchill Crocodile during trials at Eastwell Park.

Photos of the Churchill Crocodile flame-thrower in action at Eastwell Park.
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Re: Eastwells
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2014, 22:54:06 »
Thank you all again for all the information.

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Re: Eastwells
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2014, 21:03:32 »
Andrew Wilson served as a junior officer in the 141st Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (The Buffs) and was awarded the Military Cross in 1945.
He wrote a book about his experience, Flame Thrower, published in 1956. ISBN 0-553-24533-3. A good first hand account.
Pages 3-31 give an account of the time he was training at Eastwell from February 1943 to the early summer of 1944.
Churchill Mk Vll's began arriving at Eastwell in February 1944, with the armoured trailers, holding the fuel and compressed nitrogen propellant for the Crocodile flame thrower variant, a little later.
The device was top secret and a large stretch of the training area at Eastwell was wired off and put under heavy guard. Only within this area could the Churchill's be seen with the trailers hitched on. Demonstrations were laid on for visiting top brass, including King George Vl.
The unit joined the bridgehead in Normandy on the 20th June 1944.
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Re: Eastwells
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2014, 20:42:56 »
Thank you, I had not looked at Eastwell Manor, Kennington, very interesting.

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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2014, 13:57:59 »
If it is the Eastwell Manor grounds, then I have heard the same thing, that tanks were based there. What type of tank was not specified but the tin huts are supposed to be connected with them.

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Re: Eastwells
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2014, 19:24:45 »
There's loads of information and photos here :)

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1978.0
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Eastwells
« on: September 28, 2014, 15:14:08 »
Has anyone got an information on a site at Eastwells near Ashford.  Now it is a heavily wooded area on the west side of the A251 Faversham Road at TR 01335 46877.  Inside the wood are roads and several large tin huts.  It has been said it is a site used to service flame throwing tanks prior to D Day, these were the Churchill Crockerdile tanks.  Does anyone have any information or photographs?

 

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