Joe Hoadley – Reconnaissance Corps
Despite wanting to go to war Joe was unable to join up because he was working in a job considered essential to the war effort. Other examples of reserved occupations included coal mining, ship building, and many engineering-related trades.
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The Reconnaissance Corps was an elite corps of the British Army whose units provided the mobile spearhead of infantry divisions during WWII. Their duties involved gathering vital tactical information in battle for infantry divisions, probing ahead and screening the flanks of main advances.
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Landing Ship, Tank (LST) was the military designation for naval vessels created during World War II to support amphibious operations. They carried significant amounts of vehicles, cargo, and landing troops directly onto an unimproved shore and proved to be remarkably versatile as well as having a great capacity to absorb punishment and survive.
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D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea, and air with over 160,000 troops landing on the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944. Nearly 200,000 naval personnel in over 5,000 ships were also involved. The fighting in Normandy continued for another two and a half months before the German forces were forced to retreat.
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The Battle of France, 10th May 1940, left the majority of France occupied by Nazi Germany. During this occupation, hundreds of thousands of French people were displaced to Germany against their will to work camps for factories, agriculture, railroads and even to work at V-1 'flying bomb' facilities.
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The Bren Gun Carrier was the most widely used of all armoured vehicles during WWII. It could accommodate up to 14 troops and came with various different modifications, including machine gun, flamethrower, mortar platform, troop carrier, medi-vac and gun tractor. It was also capable of being glider borne and airlifted with a 6-pound anti-tank gun.
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A mortar is an indirect fire weapon that fires explosive shells at low velocities, short ranges, and relies on gravity to find its target.
It was one of the most widely used infantry support weapons throughout the course of WWII, with many different variations of this weapon being designed to suit different tactical use and terrains.
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The Albert Canal was used as a natural line of defence for conflict in France and Belgium. In September 1944, the Second Canadian Division forged a bridgehead across the canal as the Allies fought to liberate Belgium and The Netherlands from Nazi occupation.
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Joe's vehicle was hit by a s 7.5 cm PaK 40 anti-tank gun. It was developed between 1939-1941 and was an extremely effective weapon against almost every Allied tank. It was used right up until the end of the war.
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Before being sent to a camp, a POW had to pass through a Dulag. These were transit camps where details of the prisoners were processed and they were interrogated. Under the Geneva Convention prisoners only had to give details of their name, rank and serial number but officers often deceived them into giving away more information through clever questioning.
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Germany generally treated prisoners in accordance with the Geneva Convention (1929) which had been agreed and signed by the Western Allies. Prisoners were paid for their prison labour and the only major complaint was concerning lack of food, which was a problem they shared with the German population as a whole.
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By July 1944 there were some 96,000 prisoners of war in the camps around Fallingbostel. However the tide of war and the Russian advance into Poland threatened to overrun the POW camps situated there. On April 16, 1945 the camp was liberated by the British army.
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The war ended in France and Belgium on the 25th January 1945 with the Battle of the Bulge. On the 16th December 1944, Hitler launched a final, all-out offensive to re-take French territory. The battle primarily involved the American Allies and many lives were lost. Although Germany achieved success at first, lack of fuel meant they were unable to capitalize.