Geoff PraterGeoff Prater provides a detailed and often times, very amusing account of his time as a ‘Tankie’ in the Second World War. Conscripted into the army he joined the Royal Tank Regiment in 1942. Italy is his main theatre of war.
Geoff Prater – Film 1Geoff Prater was born on 3rd of Sept 1924… In this excerpt from his great interview he talks about wartime Britain. In 1940 the family were bombed and he lost his brother. He was conscripted into the army in 1942 and went to the Royal Fusiliers. Following 6 weeks training he's off to the Armoured Corps.
Geoff Prater – Film 2Geoff joins the Armoured Corps at Farnborough where he learns his tank craft. Following more training at Brentwood and Barnard Castle, Geoff heads to North Africa.
Geoff Prater – Film 3Geoff joins the 51st Tank Regiment in Italy and provides his impressions of the regiment. He drove a Churchill Tank and details his role and the tank set-up.
Geoff Prater – Film 4Geoff recalls Brigadier James Noel Tetley who led them to battle at Cassino. After the battle the regiment head up the Liri Valley to the Hitler Line and suffer huge losses. He also reflects on the tank camaraderie.
Geoff Prater – Film 6The 51st Royal Tank Regiment is broken up and Geoff is put in a flail tank, something he hated.
He recalls how it was used in battle in partnership with a flamethrower. On a lighter note, he meets the American Harlem Tigers… a notorious group of drivers. At the River Po they reach an obstacle too far.
Geoff Prater provides a detailed and often times, very amusing account of his time as a ‘Tankie’ in the Second World War. Conscripted into the army he joined the Royal Tank Regiment in 1942. Italy is his main theatre of war.