Between June 1942 and January 1943 Eric Postles was training with 61st Recce in Northern Ireland:
“The regiment moved to Cromore Camp, on the north coast by Portstewart Station and further training continued including carrier driving on the sand dunes. During an exercise in the Sperrins we got a carrier stuck in a peat bog and by next day it had sunk leaving only an oily black stain on the surface. We did shooting practice at Limavady Ranges. It was strange because you could see the lights shining on the other side of the water in neutral Southern Ireland, on the other side of Lough Foyle. Later in the year US troops began to arrive and, on an exercise with them, one of our Troop armoured cars overturned on a bank and caught fire but we got the crew out. It burned like a blow torch."
(Extracts from ‘My War Years’ by John Eric Postles ISO used by kind permission of the author.)
Eric Postles in Recce beret (introduced in December 1942)