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142nd Regt. Bishops
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J.McGillivray
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 12:19 am
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When the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade sailed from Scotland to Sicily, to take part in Operation Husky, they were accompanied by two British Artillery Units. One was the 93rd Bty of the 70th Medium Regiment RA, while the other was the 142nd (Royal Devon Yeomanry) Field Regiment (S.P.) RA.

I found some photos of the 25-pdr (SP) Bishops in Sicily, belonging to the 142nd Regt on the IWM site, dated the 27 July, 1943. From the photos one can see that the guns were not repainted before they left the UK. The question is what colour are they, Khaki Green No. 7?






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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 5:17 pm
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There was an article in a not so old Tankette, I will try to find it.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:30 am
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Here are some more photos of Bishops in Italy, from the IWM site. The original captions appear below the photos.



Bishop 25-pdr self-propelled gun of 506th Battery, 142nd Field Regiment, 14 September 1943.



Bishop 25-pdr self-propelled gun near Cava, 28 September 1943.



Rear view of a Bishop 25-pdr self-propelled gun near Cava, showing the crew inside the fighting compartment 28 September 1943.



A Bishop 25-pdr self-propelled gun of 142nd Field Regiment Royal Artillery operating at a captured airfield among the wreckage of German aircraft, 12 October 1943.



A Bishop 25-pdr self-propelled gun of 142nd Field Regiment Royal Artillery firing at night from a captured airfield near Grazzanise, 12 October 1943.



Bishop 25-pdr self-propelled gun of 142nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, on a Diamond T tank transporter of 610 Heavy Recovery Section, REME, 23 December 1943.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:28 pm
Post subject: Re: 142nd Regt. Bishops

What I found in the Tankette article.
The photos in Sicily match the MTP46/4A scheme from 11/41.
The materiel was supposed to be either Khaki Green 3 or SCC2 (ie. Brown) with a disruptive scheme of SCC 1A (a darker Brown).
The photos lean toward overall SCC2.
That's all folks!
And HTH
Thanks for the new photos!
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