Sherman III Sydney Valpy “Rad” Radley-Walters


Le Teich, France

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This is the top allied tank ace, Canadian Sydney Valpy “Rad” Radley-Walters, of the Sherbrooke fusiliers, Normandy 1944 at D-Day, which landed with a Sherman II (M4A1).

World War II Canadian Army Brigadier General Sydney Valpy “Rad” was by all acount perhaps the best allied tank ace of the war and Canada’s most significant military figures. He earned the status of ‘tank ace’ after destroying 18 German tanks during the course of the war, from Normandy to Germany. In Normandy he fought at Biron, Caen and Falaise and had three tanks shot out from under him and was wounded twice.
He was awarded the Military Cross and D.S.O. Born in Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine Region, Quebec province, Sydney studied at Bishop’s College School and later joined the Canadian Army as an Infantry Officer with the 27th Canadian Armoured Regiment. From Normandy Beach on D-Day (1944) he drove his Sherman III “Caribou” (reindeer) with distinction and advanced to the rank of Major. He then commanded his own squadron and in the end of the war was promoted to lieutenant colonel, commanding his own tank regiment at only twenty-five. After the war, he served with the Canadian Army Staff College and took command of the 8th Canadian Hussars, made Brigadier general in 1968, retired in 1974 and later awarded the Canadian Commander of Military Merit and French Order of the Legion of Honour.

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