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Philip Leslie Collins

Identity

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  • Forenames
    Philip Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Collins AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    WWII 21151 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

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  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM Fort Dorset, Wellington AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM Fort Dorset, Wellington AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs. Mavis E. Collins, 5 Belvedere Rd., Hataitai, Wellington (wife) AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs. M.E. Collins, 5 Belvedere Rd., Hataitai, Wellington (w) AWMM
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  • Capt P. L. Collins, MC, m.i.d.; Hastings; born Wellington, 1 Jan 1917; warehouseman; four times wounded. (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p.481.)

    'Any attack up and beyond Rimini airfield would be useless until 2 Greek Battalion drew level with the airfield, so next morning (16 September), sweeping the area before them with machine-gun fire, the infantry came up to link with 1 Battalion on the left. The remaining Greek battalion advanced 700 yards on the left flank. Rimini airfield now lay within the brigade's grasp, but in hangars, buildings, and houses round about defiant snipers and mortar and machine-gun crews had survived the bombing. The field itself, about a mile square, was covered by fire and thick with mines, and further back another shrewdly dug-in Panther turret made deadly use of a perfect field of fire. To the left of the Greek Brigade Canadians were battling against fanatical resistance from Coriano Ridge.
    This Panther turret fell next day as 2 and 3 Greek Battalions slowly began working their way up either side of the airfield. Skip-bombing by six aircraft left the turret unscathed, but Lieutenant Collins (6 Platoon was with his tanks) was determined to get it. While the guns smothered the turret in smoke shells, Collins took his tank west, turned to face the turret and, when the smoke thinned, pounded home seven deadly direct hits. The crew fled from the ruins and the lieutenant received the MC.' (Source: Henderson, J. 22 Battalion. pp. 345–6.) AWMM
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Sources

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  • References
    • Henderson, J. (1958). 22 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.345–6. AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.481, 482, 491, 531, 532, 544, 545, 546, 548, 574. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.223. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.39 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.40 AWMM

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