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Battle of Arnhem 6prd A/T gun parts used in the winning of a VC

Article about: Hi Guys, these photos were taken at the 60th Anniversary commemorations 5 years ago. A Dutch friend of mine, Hans, has a special licence to allow him to dig on the battlefield. He recovered

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    Hi Guys, these photos were taken at the 60th Anniversary commemorations 5 years ago.

    A Dutch friend of mine, Hans, has a special licence to allow him to dig on the battlefield.

    He recovered these parts from a British 6prd anti tank gun. They are the towing hook and half of one of the special folding trail legs. These parts were recovered from the corner of Acacialaan, Oosterbeek.

    This was the very spot were Lance-Sergeant John Daniel Baskeyfield of the 2nd Battl, The South Staffordshire Regt, won his Victoria Cross using a 6prd A/T gun. It is almost certain the parts recovered are from this gun.

    You can read about the action here:

    Lance-Sergeant John Baskeyfield

    These now reside in a private collection in the area after the Museum turned them down...

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Incredible !!!! The Hartenstein turned these down

    Gary J.

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    Yes, still they are now well looked after. I think I could have found house room for them..

    Cheers, Ade.

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    i cannot belive the museam turned these down i wonder if the staffordshire museam would be intrested

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    Great stuff Ade the ultimate in relics !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Quote by Paul E View Post
    Great stuff Ade the ultimate in relics !!
    Agreed, when a story can be linked to things dug up around 70 years later its just great

    Thanks for sharing the story and pictures

    Danny

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    Historic finds indeed, of course it also raises the point that Baskeyfields body was never recovered, presumably oblitrated. Brave man fighting to the last.
    Reg

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