posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 12:35 PM
What, in your opinion, was the best World War IIunit?
By this, I mean, men and equipment, elan [fighting spirit], special training [if any], war role etc.
I would ask that those of you who reply should, pretty please, confine your comments to the thread and not expand it onto or into another topic.
For example, 'C' Squadron, The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, took on the mighty Afrika Corps, their '88's and Mk IIIs with just Stuart Mk IIs.
Despite aweful losses, the RGH managed to gain their objective and fought off strong German counter-attacks while the rest of the Desert Rats swept
through Rommel's defences at El Alemein.
A very good friend of mine, a guy called Ken Smith, was a tank commander. He told me that the much vaunted 88s began picking them [Stuarts] off one by
one, during the advance to contact. He personally had 3 shot out from under him during the 2 day battle. Only a massive rolling barrage of 25 pdr
guns and the infantry who almost dismounted on the objective from clapped out Bren Gun Carriers, saved the day.
So there you have it. I am not going to mention the obvious choices - I'll leave that to you.