Posted by George on January 13, 2020, 7:44 pm, in reply to "Re: Mysterious Wotsits"
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Major General Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart KBE, CB, DSO, MC (14 June 1885 – 19 February 1957), also known as "Hobo", was a British military engineer noted for his command of the 79th Armoured Division during World War II. He was responsible for many of the specialised armoured vehicles ("Hobart's Funnies") that took part in the invasion of Normandy and later actions. It was here at Nunnykirk in the vicinity of Lonhorsley that many of his ideas were tested in readiness for D-Day.
In 1938, Maj Gen P C S Hobart was sent to train Mobile Force (Eygpt). A local General resisted his efforts, the Mobile Force (Eygpt) survived to become the 7th Armoured Division the 'Desert Rats' Gen Wavell dismissed Hobart into retirement in 1940 due to his unconventional ideas about armoured warfare. Hobart joined the Home Guard in his home village of Chipping Campden and was a Lance Corporal there when Churchill, in 1941, had him re-enlisted in the army he later raised and took command of the 79th ( Specialised) Armoured Division
The Division had a whole series of Hobart's 'funnies' Churchill tanks fitted with flame throwers (Crocodiles) Flail chains for clearing mines, scissor bridges for crossing rivers, petard spigot mortars used to hurl a forty-pound charge against road blocks and bunkers (known as flying dustbins) fascine wooden poles lashed together with wire and used to fill tank trap ditches, mine-clearing ploughs called a 'Bulls Horn', searchlights, that turned night into day and a bobbin tank, which carried a 10 ft roll of heavy canvas fabric, which rolled out in front allowed the tank to cross soft sand. A Kangaroo which was a converted Sherman tank, which carried ten infantrymen, was perhaps the first Armoured Personnel Carrier.
with acknowledgments to William Ricalton and the Longhorsley History Group