Jim StephensSergeant 5th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment became 56th Anti-Tank Regt RA Served in D Tp.
Jim Stephens – Film 1Jim was called up into the armed forces in October 1939. After being trained on the Vickers Machine Gun, hes sent to Worthing to man one of the coastline pillboxes. The threat of invasion felt very real. Hes then transferred to the 86th Anti-Tank Regiment.
Jim Stephens – Film 2Jim talks in detail about the build-up to D-Day and his subsequent action at Hill 112. His regiment was equipped with 17 Pounders mounted on a Sherman chassis as a defensive weapon. Nothing could prepare them for the action. They lost 3 out of 4 of the M10 tank destroyers. He believes that Montgomery was fortunate not to lose his job after this action.
Jim Stephens – Film 3Jim talks about the importance of receiving reinforcements, even if they werent really fit for purpose. He also recalls the close proximity of some of the fighting. Sometimes just 100 yards He recalls a close shave with a German Luger pistol.
Sergeant 5th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment became 56th Anti-Tank Regt RA Served in D Tp.