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#1 ricky2910

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 05:46 PM

my grandad went from 1st bn wiltshire regiment to BLA on these dates i know its not long 08-05-45 to 31-05-45 but would love to know where or what they done because he left the army as a sergeant in the paras any info would be great thanks Ricky.............:)
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#2 Oldman

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:27 PM

8 May 1945 VE day, the army in Germany changed to the British Liberation Army, which became the Army of Occupation. The short time would be because of disbandments of units and as troops would be released from the army to civi street
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:40 PM

my grandad went from 1st bn wiltshire regiment to BLA on these dates i know its not long 08-05-45 to 31-05-45 but would love to know where or what they done because he left the army as a sergeant in the paras any info would be great thanks Ricky.............:)


You need to identify his units from service records then get copies of his units war diaries held in the National Archives at Kew.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:55 PM

it only says BLA and those dates sorry but i do have his beret and cap badge
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#5 Drew5233

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:59 PM

You can apply for his records via the link below. It does cost £30 though unless he or his wife is still alive then its free.

Army Personnel Centre - British Army Website
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#6 wtid45

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 07:00 PM

Ricky, it might help to post the paper info you have shown on your profile.
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 07:39 PM

http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/www.ww2talk.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=361&pictureid=2928http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=361&phttp://www.ww2talk.com/forum/www.ww2talk.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=361p

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#8 ricky2910

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 08:04 PM

http://www.ww2talk.c...&pictureid=2929
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 09:09 PM

1st bn wiltshire regiment to BLA

No he went from Wilts to Army Air Corps on 23-11-44.
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 09:33 PM

8 May 1945 VE day, the army in Germany changed to the British Liberation Army...


British troops in NWE had been known ad the British Liberation Army since June 1944.
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 09:52 PM

The dates given for Army Air Corps(23 November 1944 -7 May 1945) which you say is service in Parachute Battalion, given that you have a Red Beret with a Parachute Regiment cap badge fits this..... and I take it That the BLA would cover liberating Denmark:unsure:. "This battle largely destroyed the brigade; so it was decided to absorb the remnants of the 4th Parachute Brigade; it was reconstituted in November 1944 in the UK. Detatched once more from the 1st Airborne Division on 5 May 1945, it was posted to Denmark at the end of the war" .http://en.wikipedia....(United_Kingdom)
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 12:53 PM

and subsequently British Army On the Rhine=BAOR

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#13 Rob Dickers

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 01:33 PM

Good Sites for Regts & Locations May 1945 on
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12311726876_74a8350ed7_t.jpgArchive of 10th (R/Fus) Medium Regt RA
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