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Veteran Podcasts

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You will hear snippets from a series of personal accounts given by former British servicemen who fought in tanks during World War Two and after. These accounts were recorded by The Tank Museum curatorial staff, and represent a fraction of the unique stories and accounts held on tape in The Tank Museum Archives.

"Square Peg In A Round Hole" - Ray Gordon part 1

Ray GordonRunning Time: 5:31 File Size: 5.05MB File Format: MP3

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In this podcast, World War Two veteran Ray Gordon, a Churchill tank Wireless Operator in the 9th Royal Tank Regiment, remembers how he found himself allocated to a tank crew despite being, in his own words, `gormless` with anything mechanical.

At just twenty years of age, Ray describes the close bonds that grew between his crew of five as they fought their way through the Normandy countryside; aware that danger lay behind every hedgerow.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in May 2009.





“Wittmann was a Criminal” – Joe Ekins part 2

Joe Ekins ModernRunning Time: 2:57 File Size: 2.70MB File Format: MP3

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In this podcast, Joe Ekins reveals his feelings on the events of that summer morning in 1944. He explains his views on the fashion for glorifying the exploits of men like Wittmann and how he feels about the part he played in World War Two.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in April 2009.









Three Tigers In 12 Minutes – Joe Ekins part 1

Joe Ekins
Running Time: 3:01 File Size: 2.97MB File Format: MP3

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In this podcast Joe Ekins of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry remembers the day that he destroyed 3 Tiger tanks in little more than 10 minutes. A gunner in a Sherman Firefly, he wasn’t to know at the time that one of his shots had just ended the career of notorious nazi panzer Ace Michael Wittmann – who had himself been credited with some 160 tank kills.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in April 2009.






The `Funnies` – Alan Gimbert

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Running time: 4:03 File Size: 4.58MB File Format: MP3

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In this podcast, Sapper Alan Gimbert of Royal Engineers describes the different specialised armour that made up Major General Percy Hobarts 79th Armoured Division. The driver of a Churchill AVRE, he remembers the terrific damage that could be done with the AVRE’s Petard mortar.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in May 2009.







On The Front Line Today – Trooper Booth

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Running time: 5.22 File Size: 4.92MB File Format: MP3

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In this podcast, Trooper Booth of the House Hold Cavalry describes the experiences of the modern solider in Afghanistan. He remembers his training at Bovington, discusses the equipment he uses, and explains why support from family, friends and the general public at home is so important to the troops on operations.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in April 2009.







Capturing the Tiger Part2 – Evaluating Tiger 131

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Running Time: 5:10 File Size: 4.74MB File Format: MP3

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In Part Two of ‘Capturing The Tiger’ Major Peter Gudgin of the 48th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment describes how he was horrified at the size of the Tiger Tank that was knocked out after the battle for Point 174. After shipping the Tiger back to England, Major Gudgin describes the testing that was to be conducted on the captured vehicle and how these affected British Tank Design.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in May 2009.


Capturing the Tiger Part1 – Attacked by Tiger 131

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Running Time: 4:50 File Size: 4.42MB File Format: MP3

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In Part One of ‘Capturing The Tiger’ Major Peter Gudgin of the 48th Royal Tank Regiment describes the action the led to the capture of the Tank Museum’s Tiger tank. Having never seen a Tiger for himself, Major Gudgin recalls how his Churchill tank was knocked out by one of our most famous exhibits.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in May 2009.


“A Tiger - no more than 50 yards!” – Harold Hamilton Taylor

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Running Time: 5:11 File Size: 4.74MB File Format: MP3

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In this podcast, World War Two veteran Harold Hamilton Taylor of the 22nd Dragoon Guards recalls the D-Day landings and the Battle for Normandy. After negotiating the pill boxes and tank traps on Sword beach in a Churchill Flail he later finds himself face to face with a German Tiger tank as a gunner in a Sherman Firefly.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in May 2007.


“The ATS - Women Behind The Wheel” – Gwendolyn Evans

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Running Time: 3:46 File Size: 3.45MB File Format: MP3

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In this podcast, Gwendolyn Evans of the Auxiliary Territorial Service recounts her experiences of driving half tracks and DUKWS in the lead up to D-DAY. She describes what life was like for women behind the wheel in World War Two.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in April 2009.


“I’d rather be outside…” - Jack Baker

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Running Time: 3:35 File Size: 3.28MB File Format: MP3

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In this podcast, World War Two veteran Private Jack Baker recounts his experience of fighting along side Sherman tanks in the last year of the war. A Wireless Operator in the South Lancashire Regiment, he describes how he felt far more comfortable armed with a rifle & shovel than being confined within a turret.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in April 2009.


“With The Sherman... We had a chance” – Fred Turvey

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Running Time: 4:05 File Size: 3.74MB File Format: MP3

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In this podcast, World War Two veteran David Turvey recalls his service in North Africa and Italy with HQ of the 17th/21st Hussars. He states his admiration of the Sherman tank in which he served, and begins this interview describing his first encounter with a Tiger tank.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in April 2007.


Maintaining The Churchill – Mr Davies

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Running Time: 4:11 File Size: 3.84MB File Format: MP3


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In this podcast, World War Two veteran Mr Davies remembers his service as a fitter with 31st Tank Brigade. Specialising in Churchill tanks, he recalls how life away from the front line was rarely without incident.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in April 2007.


“The Tank Regiment made me.” – Donald Featherstone 1943/1944
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Running Time: 4:14 File Size: 3.88MB File Format: MP3


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In this podcast, World War Two veteran Donald Featherstone recounts his experiences of combat in Italy, where he served with the 51st RTR. Mr Featherstone describes the hardships faced by British tank crews when attempting to break the Hitler & Gothic lines.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in September 2007.


“D-Day Across the Scheldt.” – Arthur Hill 1944

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Running Time: 4:30 File Size: 4.17MB File Format: MP3


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In this podcast, World War Two veteran Arthur Hill recounts his experience of combat in Europe, where he served as the commander of a Buffalo tank with the 11th Hussars. Prior to the allied capture of Antwerp, Mr Hill describes what it was like being in charge during amphibious landings across a flooded Holland.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in April 2007.


“Sheer Misery” – Paul Rollins 1943/44

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Running Time: 4:12 File Size: 3.84MB File Format: MP3


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In this podcast, World War Two veteran Paul Rollins recounts his experience of combat in Italy, where he served in Sherman tanks with 40th RTR. Landing at Salerno, he describes how the elements and the terrain proved as formidable a foe as the well drilled Germans.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in June 2006.


“The Heat and The Dust” – Paul Rollins 1942

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Running Time: 3:53 File Size: 3.56MB File Format: MP3


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In this podcast, World War Two veteran Paul Rollins describes his first experience of armoured warfare in the North African desert and the toll in took on his unit; 40th RTR.

It was recorded by The Tank Museum in June 2006.


The Tank Museum is committed to recording the verbal history of serving and former Royal Armoured Corps service personnel. If you have an interesting story you would like to share, please contact the Archive and Reference Library here.



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