I'd be interested to hear from anyone with connections to and/or knowledge of WW2 experiences of 76th HAA Regt RA. I have carried out some research, but would like to know more detail, and in particular obtain access to photographs, if such things exist! Regt was originally raised as the Gloucestershire Volunteers in 1859, and, in brief, transformed though several steps to become part of 46 AA Brigade defending Bristol. 349 battery was a cadre battery formed at Arborfield, and joined Regt when 238 'became independent'. Not sure what this means, and would like to now what happened to the Bty. The three remaining batteries moved around Bristol gunsites (I have details) before moving to Weymouth in Jan 42, where they undertook training at Blandford Camp for overseas service whilst also providing AA defence to Weymouth. From there they moved briefly to Portsmouth (anyone details on this?) and thence to Gravesend (anyone any knowledge of gun site occupied?). Moved to Dover in July 42, four guns of 349 occupying Farthingloe Battery on cliffs, but unsure of where others were based. Regt entrained for Glasgow 23 November as part of Operation Torch, landing in Algiers by 12 December as part of 1st Army. RHQ based at El Biar, batteries defending Algiers airfields, and possibly in support of AFHQ. I'd be interested in any detail knowledge of actions against aircraft, but broadly British/US AA shot down approx 1,000 aircraft between 22 Nov 42 and surrender of Axis forces in May 43. Regt ended North African campaign in Bizerte, having moved through Bougie, Souk Aras, Le Kef, Beja, Djebel Abiod, Sdejanine, Djebel Achkel as part of 52 Brigade, latterly in support of US. After withdrawal of Axis forces, Regt moved to Sousse and Sfax, being part of invading forces in Sicily, landing in Syracuse 17 July 43, and undertaking AA role at Cassibile and Pachino airfields, now as 8th Army. Known that they were heavily attacked by Focke Wulfs, but would be interested to know any detail. Regt also used in field role on Catania Plain, but unclear as whether general artillery support or anti tank. After Axis withdrawal across Messina straits, Regt followed, being based at Bari at the time of the infamous raid on 2 Dec (I have eyewitness account from 236 Battery). From here Regt moved to Cerignola (Foggia airfields), onto Rome (not sure of role here), to Piombino all in AA role. With diminution of troops in Italy for use on D-Day, Regt, now as sole HAA Regt in 62 Brigade alongside 26 LAA, was converted to field role in support of US 5 Army, moving to Colle Salvetti, and then spending July 44-April 45 in the Viarregio/Leghorn area. During this time the Regt fired 112,819 shells (according to Regt newspaper this representing a requirement for 1,100 3ton trucks to carry the ammunition, each round trip being circa 50 miles), role being in support of South African Armoured Brigade, and the US 92 Infantry Brigade, known as the 'Buffalo Soldiers'. After end of hostilities Regt was designated to POW camp guard duties at Cesenatico, HQ being based at Pesaro. Regt was subsequently wound down before being combined with 51 HAA Regt RA in Nov 45. I hope this is of interest, but also hope some members have information/photographs that will fill a few gaps!