‘D’ Squadron 7 R.T.R.?

Looking at this picture, it appears to be a squadron of Matilda IIs. The caption says 12 September 1941 near Tobruk. The online history of 4 and 7 R.T.R. states that 4 R.T.R. only arrived in the fortress at the end of September. This would then pretty conclusively point to this being ‘D’ Squadron 7 R.T.R, which would distinguish itself during the breakout two and a half months later.

Anyone recognise one of the tankers?


Matilda tanks lined up and ready to move off near Tobruk, 12 September 1941. Courtesy IWM Picture Collection


Turns out this is a still or picture taken in parallel with video footage. Just prior to this shot the tanks are moving, and the name ‘Grimsby’ can be clearly seen, while afterwards ‘Go to It’ appears. Since ‘D’ Squadron had tank names with ‘G’, this would conclusively prove it is ‘D’ Squadron 7 R.T.R. The whole video is worth watching and can be found at the link below.


4 thoughts on “‘D’ Squadron 7 R.T.R.?

  1. At the time this and other photos in the sequence were taken – the one shown is E5541 – 1RTR in Tobruk had a mixture of Light Tanks and Cruisers A9, A10 and A13 with D Squadron 7RTR “Attached”
    They had arrived in Tobruch (as their War Diary called it) in April with a dozen tanks and took over four more from 4RTR
    By the beginning of September further tanks had been received, they had 16 Matildas including one in workshops and four Light Tanks.
    On 24th September they ceased to be attached to 1RTR


  2. The photo was one of several that hung in the Officers’ Mess 1RTR. The assumption was, I think, that the men/tanks were from the 1st.


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