Peter Norman Veale

Lt.Col. P.N. Veale, DSO, MC

Tales of valour

Distinguished Service Order

"Lt.Col. Veale commanded his Regiment with conspicuous success in support of 53(W) Division, which fought through the Reichswald Forest from end to end, from February 8 to 11.

During four arduous days and four nights of almost continuous fighting which, with extremely difficult going, reduced the effective strength of his Regiment from fifty-odd to less than twenty battle-worthy tanks, this commanding officer never failed to support his infantry under the most trying and exhausting conditions of atrocious weather and morass of mud.

In particular, on the night of February 8-9 his regiment supported the infantry in a night attack of 6,000 yards through the forest, an unorthodox and extremely difficult and dangerous operation for tanks, which nevertheless was entirely successful.

Had it not been for his enthusiasm, drive and complete disregard for his personal safety during these four days and nights of almost continuous fighting, the tank support afforded to the infantry, to which they gave the most generous praise, could never have been achieved. His judgment and inspiring grip of all ranks down to individual fighting crews in his regiment contributed enourmousely to the success of a very difficult operation. Throughout the whole period under review this officer has displayed the same qualities of leadership and outstanding personal example."

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER

MILITARY CROSS

1939-45 STAR

AFRICA STAR, 8TH ARMY BAR

DEFENCE MEDAL

FRANCE & GERMANY STAR

WAR MEDAL

MEDAL RIBBON GROUP