113th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, The Royal Artillery. Following their journey through Europe

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  1. EdOs

    EdOs New Member

    My Grandfather - Lewis Clive Osborn, served in 113th LAA regiment during the Second World War and my family and I are embarking on a trip in September to follow in their footsteps from Juno Beach through France, Belgium, Holland and on to Belsen. We are going to have an experienced guide with us and some diary notes made by Grandfathers best friend. Having come across this forum however I wondered whether anybody had any information on this regiment which might enrich our trip.
    Any information would be gratefully received.
    Ed
     
  2. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

  3. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Hi and welcome to the forum Ed, good luck with your research. Wish you well with your trip, and you have wonderful time.
    Just a thought do you have his service records, if not you could apply for them to help with your research.


    David
     
  4. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

  5. mapshooter

    mapshooter Senior Member

    113 LAA were in an AA Brigade. In Normandy, where it probably arrived in July, it was under 100 AA Bde.

    There are quite a lot of references to in Routledge's "Anti-aircraft Artillery 1914-55"
     
  6. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Hi Ed,

    I have sent you a private message.

    Cheers

    Rob
     
  7. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Hi Ed,

    Copies of the War diaries for 1944/45 sent to you by e-mail.

    Cheers

    Rob
     
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  8. Historic Steve

    Historic Steve Researching 21 Army Group/BAOR post VE day

    Welcome Ed

    If required have the unit locations and command after Belsen to disbandment Feb 46

    Best regards
    Steve
     
  9. EdOs

    EdOs New Member

    Thank you to everyone for your help with this - you have provided me with some very interesting information.

    I have located a picture of the 113th LAA 370 battery with my Grandfather Lewis Clive Osborn seated in the centre.

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    I have also found a post in the WW2Talk forum from a JulieAnne which says she has published her uncles diary who served in the 113th LAA. I have messaged her but haven't had a response - does anyone have any ideas about how I can find this diary.

    My family have also suggested the my Grandfather had to attend the Nuremberg trials - although they have no idea in what capacity. Does anyone know how I could find out ?

    Many thanks for all your help

    Ed
     
  10. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member

    Gents i'm currently researching the 2/5th DLI / 113 LAA Regt RA during WW2 for the DLI Archive together with 7 DLI who became 112 LAA RA . In particular their campaign in Normandy and NW Europe ,i have already quite a bit of info produced by Officers of the Regts in 1947 including the liberation of Belsen but if anyone has any further info i'd very much appreciate it .

    Rob wouldit be possible to obtain a copy of the war Diaries ?

    Many thanks

    Paul
     
  11. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    I will check and send you a message tomorrow.
     
  12. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member

    Many thanks Rob
     
  13. Historic Steve

    Historic Steve Researching 21 Army Group/BAOR post VE day

    Paul

    From my post VE day research

    112th (7th Durham Light Infantry) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA
    8 May 45 – Corps Commander Royal Artillery 12th Corps
    RHQ: Hamburg-Harburg
    30 May 45 – to 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division
    2 Jun 45 – to 101st Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA of 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division from 6 Jun 45 brigade to 8th Base Sub area command 8th Corps formed 8th Corps District 11 Jun 45
    RHQ: Hamburg-Gross Flottbek
    12 Jun 45 – to 3rd Infantry Division
    RHQ: Staumühle Camp Truppenübungsplatz north of Sennelager
    16 Aug 45 – to 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division
    15 Mar 46 – disbanded
    344 Battery – 345 Battery – 346 Battery

    113th (2nd/5th Durham Light Infantry) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA
    8 May 45 – Corps Commander Royal Artillery 8th Corps
    RHQ: Bergen-Belsen – to Bergen-Lohheide Kaserne
    14 May 45 – to 103rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA of 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division
    24 May 45 – to 100th Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA of 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division
    6 Jun 45 – to 8th Armoured Brigade command 30th Corps formed 30th Corps District 11 Jun 45
    RHQ: Ronnenberg south-west of Hannover
    368 Battery – North Ronnenberg
    369 Battery – Ronnenberg
    370 Battery – Seelze north-west of Hannover
    29 Oct 45 – to 306th Infantry Brigade RA of 51st (Highland) Infantry Division
    RHQ: Hameln
    23 Feb 46 – disbandment order received

    Hope this helps and would appreciate the disbandment date for the 113th along with names of key personnel

    21st Army Group later British Army of the Rhine
     
  14. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member

    Thanks Steve , the write up in the Archive for 113 just states that in early November 1945 they moved to Bad Piermont for further Garrison Duties and it was here that final disbandment took place , noactual date forthat is given.

    Co from 1941 untill Sept 1945 was Lt Col WH Mather , OBE , MID, TD .

    On landing in Normandy the Battery commanders were
    368 Battery Maj NN Jobling MID
    369 Battery Maj AN Trofimoff
    370 Battery Maj KG Taylor ( later awarded the MC and MID )

    During the NW Europe campaign Maj PE Murrell MBE assumed command of 369 Battery and as Maj Jobling was seriously wounded on the Rhine Crossing an unfortunately unnamed Maj who compiled the account took over 368 battery. Further enqs to ascertain who that was !

    Casualty figures for the Regiment in NWE were KIA 19 OR's , WIA 2 Officers and 44 OR's.

    regards

    Paul
     
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  15. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Hi Paul,

    The files are larger that I realise. I also need to do some work and improve the images.

    Can you pm me with your email address.

    Regards

    Rob
     
  16. Historic Steve

    Historic Steve Researching 21 Army Group/BAOR post VE day

    Many thanks for these details Paul, this region was referred to as Landkreis Hameln-Pyrmont with the town of Bad Pyrmont south-west of Hameln, according to the 30th Corps District War Dairies they moved from Hannover to the harbour area of Hameln on 29 Oct 45, however as in many cases there was a change of plan that went unrecorded.
     
  17. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    War diaries for 113 LAA Regiment - June to December 1944
     

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  18. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member

    Many thanks Rob
     
  19. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    I'm working on 1945 at the moment. You should get them tomorrow.
     
  20. My Dad Harry Stephenson was in this regiment and he mentioned as they advanced through Germany they had to check houses for photos of gestapo and s.s to locate those looking innocent in civilian clothing and locked them up. anyone know if there is a list of names of those who served in the 5th during WW2?
     

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