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    WASP Universal Carrier (Flamethrower)

    Post by Battalion Colours on Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:22 pm



    Can anyone tell me which Canadian units received WASPs? When were they first used in combat?

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    Lt. Stan Biggs briefing Universal Carrier flamethrower crews of the QOR, 29 July 1944. Vicinity of Vaucelles, Belgium.



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    Re: WASP Universal Carrier (Flamethrower)

    Post by Battalion Colours on Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:19 am

    Privates Ken Russ (left) and Bill Freeland of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry standing beside their camouflaged Wasp flamethrower carrier near Nijmegen, Netherlands, 8 February 1945.


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    Re: WASP Universal Carrier (Flamethrower)

    Post by pylon1357 on Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:06 am

    The Irish Regiment of Canada, 13th Infantry Bde, 5th CAD were equipped with the WASP. The exact date they issued, I am not certain of.

    Here is an except from the War Diary of the IrRC dated 17th Apr, 1944. The place....OTTERLOO....

    At daybreak the CO sent a section of WASP
    Flame-throwers to B Company and they proceeded to burn out any intentions the
    enemy had of proceeding further into town. The arrival of six Churchill Tanks form the
    east belonging to C.R.E. also helped and the enemy fled in a disorganised mass, with
    the tanks machine guns and Irish rifles taking a very heavy toll. It was estimated that
    there were 800 enemy taking part in the attack and the flame-throwers accounted for 50
    with 150 more falling before the Irish infantry and supporting arms. Irish casualties were
    three Other Ranks killed three officers and fourteen Other Ranks wounded. Twentythree
    enemy were taken prisoner.


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    Re: WASP Universal Carrier (Flamethrower)

    Post by Battalion Colours on Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:39 pm

    Thanks for the information Cliff. I will add The Irish Regiment of Canada to my list of units which were equipped with WASPS.

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