other original guns of the six-gun anti-tank platoon were destroyed and
replaced, Old Betsie soldiered on. At St. Leonards, she destroyed a
German 88 and halftrack, killing 27 Germans. During the Scheldt battle,
Betsie was manhandled and used with good effect against German infantry
positions, and her Gun Sergeant won the Military Medal. In the Reichswald and Hochwald battles, Old Betsie was used to cover the advance
of the Carrier platoon.
As the war
came to a close and the Highlanders were approaching Oldenburg, in
Germany, another German halftrack fell victim to Betsie, and this was to
be the final shot fired in anger during the Second World War not just by
this anti-tank gun, but by the entire battalion.
the only survivor of the original six guns adopted by the anti-tank
platoon (she also outlived every single vehicle originally assigned to
the anti-tank platoon), and in all had fired 1500 rounds, 1200 of those
at the enemy. She never suffered a breakdown and did not spend a single
minute in a workshop outside of routine modification work. Of the
original fifty-five men of the anti-tank platoon, only thirteen were
still with the platoon on VE Day, and only four of those thirteen had
not been wounded at some point in their service.
today resides at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
From "The Maple
Leaf" scan courtesy of
Warrant Officer WE Storey, CD