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gebhk
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buggy with motorbike wheels

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Reading casually an old BBC History Mag (in the place such casual reading is traditionally done), I came across the following excerpt from one of the veterans of the Dieppe landings:

"We had a mortar on a buggy fitted with motorbike wheels"

(Kenneth Curry, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry)

Any ideas what this buggy might have looked like?

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First I have head about it, assume he means 3" mortar?
With pebble beach kinda makes sense.
Suspect it would look like a handcart with m/c wheels

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First I have head about it, assume he means 3" mortar?
I thought so too, as a 2" wouldn't need a handcart to shift it - albeit this is not stated. Later on goes to say they had 30 bombs for their mortar.

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Could this be it?
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Photograph taken by the German military after the Dieppe Raid, August 19, 1942. Shown are Canadian tanks, disabled by the stones on the beach. The cart, seen in between the two tanks, belonged to Ken Curry and his mortar crew, Herb Shrubsall and Tom Lillycrop. The crew were supposed to have used the cart to carry their 3 inch mortar and 30 bombs off the beach. Instead, being met with a "hail of bullets," they took cover behind the disabled tanks and fired their mortars from there. They never got off the beach.
From
http://www.thememoryproject.com/educato ... -on-dieppe

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I knew I could rely on you gentlemen. Amazing you found the very thing. Just asking to be modelled.

Elsewhere in his testimony, Ken Curry notes that one of the Churchills kept firing in support of the infantry. As a result he (Ken) suffered permanent hearing loss!

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Better that than permanent life loss!

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