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Version 1.1-en • 26 October 2020
- Added new photo of Churchill Z12.
- Improved bulldozers E22, G16, S14, S33 and S55, and added new photographs of the first and last of these.
- Added bulldozer G44 and Weasel E35.
- Added appendices with vehicle data and about recovery of bulldozers.
- Released version for printing separately. This required converting all text, lines and similar to outlines, because a proof turned out to have visible green rectangles behind all of these otherwise. (For the computer/tablet version, this was not done, because the text would not be searchable or selectable otherwise.)
(Almost) complete list:
- Corrected errors in spelling, grammar and terminology, as well as typos and oversights in English translation.
- Made many minor changes in text for better flow, to remove superfluous words, etc.
- Corrected some things that had been left untranslated.
- Changed some line breaks to make the text flow better and/or more easily readable.
- Moved pointers on some photographs further away from page edges, so that they will not get cut off when printed (or at least, are less likely to).
- Minor corrections in information, based on new sources.
- Added more information about markings of Crabs T148656 and Dandy Dinmont, based on new sources.
- Corrected locations of Red, White and Green Beaches on the maps, based on more accurate information.
- Determined location of bulldozer G12 more accurately, so that it is now G16. The text on pages 108–109 has been rewritten as a result of this.
- Added scale indicator to bunker drawings.
LVT(A) (2) to
LVT (A) (2) with a space between
- Added WD-numbers for Churchill AVREs, based on new information.
- Corrected some phonetic transcriptions of Dutch words.
- Improved the appearance of the maps.
- Exported version for computer/tablet/etc. with RGB colour profile, to reduce file size.
- Specific changes:
- 6: added names of persons who helped since version 1.0.
- 7: added source of map (that had been found on a web site, discovered now in which book it appeared originally).
- 9: changed
18 May 1940, the day the German army reached Westkapelle in caption to
sometime in 1940 or ’41, during a changeover of the German garrison because of a caption in an original photographic album containing this picture.
- 10: changed
Monday, 6 November to
Tuesday, 7 November due to information in war diaries of 87 ASRE. Added sentence
On 6 November, three more bulldozers were brought in, probably to Green Beach.. Also removed footnote requesting photos of the wreck of the destroyed AVRE because some were received.
- 11: changed
transported from there over land to
transported further from there. Also deleted texts
Furthermore, the British had plenty of tanks, but amphibious vehicles were much rarer and more valuable, meaning those would have been much more likely to be recovered rather than left behind.,
The eventual fate of most of the vehicles is not known for certain. and
, and then almost certainly. Added text about apparent underhand dealings and text
At least two bulldozers were “saved” in 1946 changed to
Some of the bulldozers were “saved” in 1946–’48.
- 12: changed text for units tekst so that149th Assault Park Squadron, Royal Engineers is mentioned as well.
- 25: completed list of pennant numbers of LCTs used after the war (and removed Mark-numbers). Added bulldozer technical data. Changed caption for lower photo.
- 42: added inset and the sentence
On the “block” on the side was the name, “Minotaur”, not visible here but shown in the inset, taken from another photo. to the caption for the AVRE.
- 43: replaced upper photo by a different one and changed caption to suit. Added credit for L. Stronk for lower photo.
- 53: modified caption of upper photo to refer to alledged subsidies fraud.
- 65: replaced sentence
“Dandy Dinmont” already lost most of its mine-clearing equipment. by
The 56 on the nose is visible here through the chains (in the circle). and added circle to photo.
- 66: removed footnote about film.
- 70: replaced upper left photo.
- 71: moved to page 72 and caption for pictures on that to 73, so that they are next to each other instead of on opposite sides of a sheet (this was also the original intention, but it went wrong through inattentativeness). Replaced bottom photogtaph by better version (scanned from a print)
- 81: Changed description of unknown wreck because an eye witness statement makes it plausible that this is a Sherman after all.
- 85–86: Changed text for bulldozer S14 because additional information combined with better analysis shows this is indeed almost certainly the bulldozer pictured on page 25, and text about Jac Rijk added.
- 91–93: added text about laying the bridge during the landings. Removed text
Just like most Churchills as Westkapelle, it was fitted with B.T.S. 3 tracks, a few links of which were also attached to the turret and hull. to make room for added text.
- 103: added information about vehicle and markings for bulldozer S55.
- 104: replaced lower photo by close-up of bulldozer S55 and changed caption to suit.
- 107: added
(still present) after wrecks that are.
- 109: in caption of bottom photo, changed
1948 due to new information.
- 110: made photo smaller, moved caption from underneath to the right of it and removed footnote.
- 111: added bulldozer G44.
- 113: moved photo to page 114 because otherwise there were two pages without illustrations next to each other.
- 117: added Weasel E35 and removed concrete wall, as the latter appears only on British map but not in photographs.
- 120: enlarged lower photo so that text shifts to next page.
- 121: Replaced photograph by better version (scanned from original print) and changed caption to credit K. Volker. Expanded description of bulldozer E22 based on new photograph and insights.
- 122: inserted page with photo of bulldozer E22.
- 122 (original): moved to 125.
- 123: shortened description of bulldozer E32 because of earlier confusion of this with E22.
- 124: changed caption because the photos don’t both show D7A E32, but D6A E22 in the upper one. Replaced bottom photograph by better version (scanned from original print) and changed caption to credit K. Volker.
- 126: inserted page with Weasel E35.
- 134 (prev. 132): removed
, which is therefore likely for Weasels as well.
- 135 (prev. 133): added sentence
; for D6As, the first digit was a 3, for D7As, a 1.
- 139 (prev. 137): removed sentence starting with
The table on the next page … and moved the following sentence to a new appendix on page 138. Added explaination of the letter-number combinations on landing craft.
- 140 (prev. 138): added photos of LCT 980 and bulldozer.
- 141: made new appendix for vehicle data.
- 150 (prev. 146): assumed that the missing text in the scan of the notarial act is
Ge-, and represented this by the red D in
- 152 (prev. 148): changed coordinates and what3words for D6A G16 (formerly G12).
- 153 (prev. 149): added Weasel E35.
- 156: added appendix about recovery of bulldozers.
- 161 (prev. 153): changed text for 1:35 model to make room to mention the D6A by Scale-Line.
- 178 (prev. 170): changed
Gurnsey, Michael after he contacted the author and his full name became known.
- Corrected a number of index entries (some caused by forgetting to carry changes through all the way, others by buggy software).
Version 1.0-en • 17 August 2020