49th Infantry Division RA Field Regiments

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by Smudge, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Smudge

    Smudge Member

    Hi guys

    Does anybody know if the RA Field Regiments in the 49th during the NWE campaign used towed 25 Pdrs?

    These would be the 69th, 143th, 185th and 74th ( the 74th replacing the 185th from Nov 1944)?


  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Just had a flick in Delaforce's Polar Bears & indeed mention is made of towed 25 pdrs & a couple of pics too.
    (aslo bumping this for the real gunner types to see)
  3. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    As far as i can see, all towed except 74th which was SP.
    PS, The 10th Medium Regt RA was the 49th Div's
    sole attached on-call Medium Regt from 31st Dec 44 - April 1945
  4. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    The 74th Field Regt, RA, was with the 50th (Northumbrian) Divison from 3 September 1939 to 29 November 1944, when it transferred to the Polar Bears; 50 Div being in the process of reducing down to a Training Cadre. It hailed from South Shields and had been the permanent FR support for the 151st Infantry Brigade - 6th, 8th and 9th Bn's Durham Light Infantry.

    It towed 25-pdrs at the time of D-Day and I understand its place in the landings on Gold Beach was taken temporarily by a FR with SP Sextons.

    It is quite possible, as Rob's post indicates, that it converted to SP later in the NW Europe campaign. I will see what I can find that confirms one way or another.



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