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Offline Robert Bonner

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Iceland 1941
« on: March 03, 2019, 11:44:18 AM »
I have been watching & enjoying the BBC4 recently acquired Icelandic drama -TRAPPED. It s based around a remote and rather depressing small Icelandic township and it occurs to me that many of our Forum members will probably be unaware that 9th Manchesters spent several months there in 1941 between April and November.
Headquarters and B Company were stationed south of Reykjarvik with the remaining three companies stationed in the north, east & south of the island.  Lieut Colonel Bill Usher made the 350 mile trip to visit C Company three times.  The first by coastal steamer, the second courtesy of Iceland Buses and the third in a Ford truck.  The latter was a hazardous three day  journey having to cross fjords and lava beds.  The return journey was made by boat as the raised dirt road had been washed away