On the 6th of June 1944 the Allied Forces successfully invaded Nazi-occupied Europe. It became known as D-Day, and it was the beginning of the end of World War Two. What followed was a series of campaigns to capture French ports like Brittany to enable supplies to get to the Allied Forces, and to prevent enemy ships from using these ports.
One of these campaigns was the Battle for Brest, fought in August and September. The port city of Brest had fortresses and other fortifications built around it and this included Fort Montbarey on the western edge of the city. It would be the job of the 141st Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) to seize Fort Montbarey.
The 141st RAC, nicknamed ‘The Buffs’, were an independent specialist regiment who were often loaned out to other units temporarily for certain battles. For this operation they were loaned to the US Army. Among The Buffs was Trooper Alan Lynn of West Hartlepool who had enlisted on 17th December 1942 when he was 18 years old. The Regiment was split into separate squadrons, and Alan was a part of ‘B’ Squadron.