WO.171/4320 War Diary of Main HQ 22nd Armoured
Brigade at the National Archives in Kew is an
order dated 18 July 1945. With the abbreviations
expanded, it states -
1, In order to
make necessary plans to maintain in the theatre
at all times a sufficient proportion of
operationally fit AFVs it has become necessary
to call for an AFV Mileage Return,
2. You are
therefore requested to render a return in
accordance with the instructions outlined
(a) The return
will be rendered in the form of an Appendix "A"
(see copy attached) in TRIPLICATE.
(b) The return
is to show the numbers as at 1800 hours on 21
July 1945 of tanks by types and marks which have
completed mileages as shown in Appendix "A"
since new, or since last major overhaul if
(c) A lost of
AFVs by the types and marks required in the
Return is attached hereto as Appendix "C".
Vehicles will be listed in the order given and
the serial numbers will be strictly adhered to.
No return is required of vehicles not mentioned
in this Appendix.
(d) The return
will be rendered separately from the weekly AFV
State as at 21 July.
3. It is
requested that this return is despatched by you
so as to be received by this HQ not later than
28 July 1945.
Appendix "C" -
List of AFVs by Types and Marks to be covered by
AFV Mileage Return as at 21 July 1945 has 48
types of tracked vehicle including Churchills,
Shermans, Comets, M10 17pdr and Ram 25pdr and
also several wheeled types. These are -
results with vehicle serial numbers, mileages
and the total numbers are not in the file,
though they may still exist somewhere if someone
wants to seek it out. The main value of the
order is that it shows what armoured cars were
in use in Germany at the time.
have been more common than others, of the
Staghound I far more 37mm than II with 3"
Howitzer - these being only the small number
brought by Canadians from Italy - though the III
with 75mm should be more numerous while
Staghound AA had generally gone out of use back
in 1944 when the need for antiaircraft vehicles
was not great as the Allies had air superiority.
There were a
Greyhounds in NW Europe but these
were not to be recorded.
No Mark for
the Daimler is listed, certainly Mk I would have
been around with Mk II coming into use as photos
show them at various parades later in the year.
The AEC III
and M3 Half-track would, like the Staghound II
and III, would have been used to support the
2pdr and 37mm equipped cars. There would have
been few M3 Half-Tracks with 75mm around by this
dates, various reports stated that the few
around were worn out.
only Armoured Cars are included and not Scout
Cars, while Light Reconnaissance Cars were B