Royal Armoured School – Italy

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    • #18704
      Brendon ReadBrendon Read
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      Hello,

      My Great Uncle fought with the New Zealand 18th Armoured Regiment in Italy during WW2. During his service he attended the RAC School CMF – Gunnery Wing for 5 days from 16 Oct to 21 Oct 1944 completing the 17-pdr conversion course. I am struggling to find out anything about even where the RAC School was based in Italy during this time so any hints, tips or any information would be greatly appreciated.

      Many thanks,

      Brendon

    • #18705
      Brendon ReadBrendon Read
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      partial picture of the course record from his service records

      BrendonRAC School Course Record

    • #18717
      Frank De PlantaFrank de Planta
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      Brendon.

      My money would be on Caserta.  The RAC School would need to have had access to field firing ranges and be anywhere south of Florence.  The Italians set up their Armoured Troops School at Caserta in 1947 and any sensible person may well have opted for facilities built and then left behind by the Allies at the end of the war.

      The Cavalry School was in Turin, which was in German hands until the end of the war so that could not have been the RAC School site.

      Regards

      Frank

    • #18721
      Brendon ReadBrendon Read
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      Many thanks for the response Frank – much appreciated. It seems logical to me. I will do some research around Caserta and if I find anything to confirm the above I will post it in here.

      Cheers,

      Brendon

    • #18726
      Gary TankardGary Tankard
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      Brendon,

      The RAC school has a war diary in the National Archives – https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C960221

      Whenever the archives open again I will have a look for you.

      Cheers,

      Gary.

      • #18738
        Brendon ReadBrendon Read
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        Hi Gary,

        Thanks so much for the offer – that’s very kind. Are you planning a trip to the archives yourself? I wouldn’t want you to invest your time and effort just for my question. It would be a bit rude of me to expect you to do that. I am based in London so perhaps this is something I can follow up myself.

        Cheers,

        Brendon

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