In this episode – the first of our veteran archive interviews – we speak with veteran Bill Betts about his experience as a radio operator in an M4 Sherman tank with the Essex Yeomanry Regiment during the Second World War.
Bill joined the army aged 19 in 1941 and fought with the Essex Yeomanry Regiment as part of B Troop. The Regiment landed on D-Day in the Jig Green Sector of Gold Beach near Le Hamel and fought its way with the rest of the British 8th Armoured Brigade through France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany before eventually being de-mobbed in 1946.
Due to the length of the interview, it will be published on the podcast in two parts. What follows in this episode is part one, ‘Victor-Victor-Victor.’ In this we discuss Bill joining the army, the training he underwent, joining the E.Y.R., landing on Gold Beach, a few close encounters with a Tiger Tank, R&R in Brussels and much more…
Listen to ‘Victor-Victor-Victor’ – Part 1 Here
Ross and I are very keen to speak with as many veterans as possible about their experiences and by doing so, put together a community based archive of these interviews. We wish to do our bit in helping share their incredible stories as told by them and keep their memory alive for future generations to reflect upon and remember.