to the News Page for the 49th APCR website!
to the website for the 49th Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment!
We are the British equivalent of the 1st Canadian
Armoured Carrier Regiment, and are pleased to be a part of their excellent
site on the subject of the Kangaroos, that unique organization of armoured
troop-carrying tanks which revolutionized modern warfare.
in the 1CACR website needs a note of introduction. As with the Canadian
Kangaroos, we of the 49th were disbanded in situ shortly after the
war, and went our own ways to pick up our lives as best we could. Today,
like 1CACR, we only have a small, ad-hoc Regimental Association formed
and maintained by the few of us who have kept in touch through the years.
|Once Tony Booth
acquired a computer and learned the wonders of the internet, one of the
first things he went looking for was information on 'Kangaroos'; unfortunately
for us, there has been precious little written about us and our Canadian
cousins, anywhere. When Tony finally found the 1CACR site, and made contact
with its administrator, Geoff Winnington-Ball, we were overjoyed to learn
that at least this one small part of history has been preserved.
|Tony and Geoff's
conversations through email ultimately culminated in the creation of this
49th APCR section of the 1CACR website. We are very pleased that after
almost 60 years, our two Kangaroo regiments are together again! Together
with our Canadian friends and fellow Kangaroos, our greatest pride is that
we saved countless lives in the performance of our duty, and were able
to make a significant contribution to shortening a war which had already
gone on for far too long, at far too heavy a cost.
|We hope that
you will enjoy these pages on our Regiment, and that the information contained
herein will become part of the historical record from which future generations