"In October 1941 the first twenty Mk IIs arrived in New Zealand, they were issued to the 1st Army Tank Brigade. Between 1941 and 1942, New Zealand received 98 Mk IIs, 80 Mk IIIs and 77 Mk Vs. A total of 18 Mk IIIs were converted into C.S. tanks in 1943. Twenty five Mk IIIs including nine C.S. tanks saw service in the Solomon Islands with the 3rd NZ Div Special Tank Sqn. The Valentine remained in service until 1960, when they were replaced by the M41A1 Light Tank. The Valentine C.S. tanks served until 1956, when 3-in ammunition for then, ran out."
I had not realised till reading that blog that New Zealand used Valentines in Italy.
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 31, 2012 18:30:59 GMT 12
The NZ Division converted the whole 4th Brigade (three infantry Battalions) into the 18th, 19th and 20th Armoured Regiments, so they had a lot of tanks all right. The best they had as far as I can tell were the Sherman Fireflies with the 17 pounder guns.
By pure luck I have found this discussion board - it's great! I refer to the photo above entitled "Valentine Infantry Support 18 1/2 ton, 2 pounder Gun". My father served in the 20th Armoured Regt in Italy in WW2. He was at Cassino and I'm pretty sure he was in C Squadron. Would anyone be able to confirm the crew members names on the Valentine in the photo as I think my Dad is the guy on the left in the turret with the cap on? My fathers name was Joseph Ivan Logan McShane. He was known as Ivan or Mac (s/n 80548). I am looking at writing an account of my fathers service and am currently compiling research. If anyone has photo's of tank crews in the 20th either in NZ or Italy I would greatly appreciate a copy. Many thanks.