55 Anti-tank Regiment RA of 49 Inf. Div.

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  1. Bala

    Bala Member

    Does anyone know a Veteran from 55 Anti-tk Regt RA who was transported by liberty ship from London to Normandy?

    I am trying to find out if the Regiment travelled together or was split and batteries were attached to different Brigades (146, 147 & 70) of 49 (WR) Infantry Division and travelled with them.

    Some or all of 55 Anti-tk Regt were on the 'MV Derrycunihy' - what other Units were on board?

    Any help greatfully received

    Bill
     
  2. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    Bill, normal practice would be that the Batteries would be brigaded, however, my understanding is that the Anti Tank did ot travel with the assualt divisions.

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  3. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    I suspect the answer will be in the unit War Diary at the NA.
     
  4. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Bala.
    The Anti-tank would come under the command of the Commander 49th Div RA and would be sent wherever they were needed for whatever context, not brigaded.
    Rob




    3 Sep 39


    217, 218, 219, 220


    Batteries


    Locations


    3 Sep 39
    Sep 42
    Apr 43
    Jul 43
    Jun 44


    Swaffham, UK
    UK
    UK
    UK
    Rauray, France


    54 (E Anglian) Inf Div
    79 Armd Div
    Home Forces
    49 Inf Div
    49 Inf Div


    Nov 44


    17 pdr SP Archer
     
  5. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Bala.
    You can also ask your question on the PB's web site.

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  6. ramacal

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

    I think you will find that they were split up in case of sinkings, ie don't put all your eggs in one basket.

    This is what happened in my Dad's unit for example:-

    Commanding Officer plus half of RHQ travelled with one battery.
    2nd in command with other half of RHQ travelled with 2nd battery.
    3rd Battery travelled alone.

    All travelled on seperate days.

    Copies of War Diaries attached:-

    You can see after arrival, they were deployed wherever it was deemed necessary.

    As Paul Reed said, the war diary should give the answer.
     

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  7. ramacal

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

  8. ramacal

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

    Does anyone know a Veteran from 55 Anti-tk Regt RA who was transported by liberty ship from London to Normandy?

    I am trying to find out if the Regiment travelled together or was split and batteries were attached to different Brigades (146, 147 & 70) of 49 (WR) Infantry Division and travelled with them.

    Some or all of 55 Anti-tk Regt were on the 'MV Derrycunihy' - what other Units were on board?

    Any help greatfully received

    Bill

    A long overdue reply to this post.

    Here is a copy of the war diary page of 55 A/Tk from June 1944. It shows how the various Batteries were split and embarked for France and when they arrived, but not what they travelled on to get there. 218 Bty has an embarkation date of 6 June, but not a disembarkation date. A blank for 9 June, so that may be a possibility.

    I have PM'd Bala as well.

    Cheers - Rob
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