6th Field Regt RA

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  1. davidr

    davidr Junior Member

    Hi
    can any kind soul let me know what the 6th Field Regt were doing around the 8th August 1944. I know they were in Normandy and had take part in Operation Goodwood, but that finished, i believe at the end of July?
    Any help would be welcome, i dont know much about RA units WWII

    many thanks

    Dave
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Dave and welcome to the forum.

    Can you get to the National Archives? The definative answer, I suspect, will be there.

    Here's the file(s) for 1944:

    WO 171/967 6 Regt. 1944 Jan.- Sept.

    WO 171/968 6 Regt. 1944 Oct.- Dec.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  3. davidr

    davidr Junior Member

    Many Thanks Andy. i dont but i know a man who does! are these the War Diaries?

    Dave
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  5. davidr

    davidr Junior Member

    Thank you

    Dave
     
  6. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Hi Dave
    6th Field Regt RA - 1944
    were a Corps (2 Army) Artillery Regt with 3AGRA (Army Group Royal Artillery),
    not Divisional as most Field Regts were (always attached to one Division), so were sent by the AGRA to support whichever unit needed them.
    Philip's Arty site has a bit on there time in Holland;
    6 Field Regiment

    But as Drew5233 says you do need the diaries for detail.
    Best
    Rob
     
  7. davidr

    davidr Junior Member

    Thanks Rob, thats very useful

    regards
    Dave
     
  8. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Just looked at my 3AGRA stuff
    In Normandy they were supporting 8 Corps & 12 Corps
    Caen, Break-out, Falaise, Seine.
    Rob
     
  9. davidr

    davidr Junior Member

    Nice one Rob, thank you
     
  10. Peat

    Peat Junior Member

    Hi
    can any kind soul let me know what the 6th Field Regt were doing around the 8th August 1944. I know they were in Normandy and had take part in Operation Goodwood, but that finished, i believe at the end of July?
    Any help would be welcome, i dont know much about RA units WWII

    many thanks

    Dave

    Hi Dave This may be of use
    Aug 8th 1944 74 And 77/79 batteries were in direct support 56 inf. brigade & 147 RAC at the Grimbosq bridgehead (Orne river) at Courts-Genet
    Peat
     
  11. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    According to Appendix "A" to the 30 Corps Operation Instruction of nr. 40, of 23 December 1944, the 6 Field Regt RA, together with 3 AGRA, was in support of 30 Corps. The 30 Corps had taken up a defensive line along the Meuse in Belgium in response to the Ardennes Offensive.

    See Thumbnail:
     
  12. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Good news, on 1 January 1945, the 6th Field Regt RA even became "Airborne", as it was attached to the 6th Airborne Division, when the division moved into the Ardennes to replace units of the U.S. VII Corps at the apex of the enemy salient. It remained in support of the Airbornes until the end of the Ardennes operation.

    See thumbnail for a fragment of the 30 Corps Operation Instruction, Nr 42, dated 1 Jan 45:
     
  13. PICARFOU

    PICARFOU PICARFOU

    Hi,

    3 soldiers of the 6th died on September 1th 1944 to bettencourt rivière (80 somme - France), they were buried before reaching the cemetery LONGUEVAL. Has there information about the circumstances of their death?

    What unit was attached to the 6th field régiment ?

    Gnr J.C. STEPHENSON
    L/Bdr M. RAMSBOTTOM
    Gnr W.M. MURRAY

    thanks in advance
     
  14. PICARFOU

    PICARFOU PICARFOU

    Hello,

    No one has information about this?

    best regard
     
  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Just had a look on my hard drive and sorry, I don't have this file. I've listed the ref below in case it's of use to anyone:

    WO 171/967 6 Field Regiment Jan-Sep 1944
     
  16. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    I have the WD for 6th Field Regiment. The entry for 1 st September has the entry
    1500 hours 74 Bty deployed at bettencourt rivière 8671 also shelled with FLAK (?illegible). 77/79 Bty fired on enemy transport from 865685, then moved to same area as 74 bty. Shelled with FLAK(?), direct hit on G1(?) and Ry - 3 killed and 6 wounded, withdrew 1000yds to position in 8670. Lt Mills and party overshot latter posn and presumed captured.
     
  17. PICARFOU

    PICARFOU PICARFOU

    Thank for all.

    Sheldrake, is it possible to have a copie off this war diarie ?

    I'm French and it's difficult for me to find this information on the National Archives (I should work more English at school ...)


    thanks in advance
     
  18. Paul Muzzo

    Paul Muzzo New Member

    Hi Picarfou
    My name is Paul Murray and W N Murray was my uncle.
    Is thereany way I can help?

    Best wishes
    Paul Murray
     
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  19. PICARFOU

    PICARFOU PICARFOU

    Hi mr Murray,

    I will be happy to receive information about your uncle.


    We plan to do an exhibition and we are looking for all types of documentations or photographs concerning the liberation of the villages of Airaines and Bettencourt Rivière.

    Can you send me an e-mail to the following address so that I can explain to you what we will propose to the population
    and what we have already collected as documents.

    airainesenguerres@hotmail.com


    sorry for my bad English...


    THANKS AGAIN

    Best regards

    Franck.
     

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