Exercise Bumper - UK - autumn of 1941

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  1. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    The Second World War saw probably the largest military manoeuvres ever to take place on British soil.

    Inter-army exercise BUMPER, held in the autumn of 1941, saw 12 divisions and three independent brigades engaged, plus elements of the RAF - more than 250,000 in total.


    Ref. Military Training in the British Army, 1940-1944

    24th L War Diary has...

    26/9/41 to 3/10/41

    The following Officers attended Exercise “Bumper” as Umpires:-

    Lt.Col.M.H.Aird, Major.W.A.C.Anderson, Capts.G,N.T.Morris, J.H.Saggers, D.S.Allhusen, Lt.J.N.Cowley, 2/Lieuts. Sir.R.D.Arbuthnot, K.R.Fehr, M.Lobb, J.N.Little, D.C.Turquand, J.H.Crane, J.E.Smallwood, D.Veller.

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    Film (nb. not currently available online)
    BUMPER EXERCISE [Allocated Title]

    DESCRIPTION - Object description
    Anti-invasion "bumper exercise" (tanks), various locations. Some of the units act as the enemy.
    Full description
    1 October. 3rd Division, 5th Corps near Eggington, Bedfordshire. Military Police on motorcycles. Traffic control. Headquarters set up in a farmyard. Anti-aircraft gun and crew. "Enemy" fighters, "enemy" bombers flying overhead. Prisoners of war "cage". Tanks and infantry in action against each other. Use of civilian motor coaches for troop transport. Naval and army officers appear as Polish officers.
    Full description
    2 October. 8th Armoured Division, 23rd Armoured Brigade at Newport Pagnell, Bedfordshire. Prisoners of war in cage. Canadian infantry marching through Newport Pagnell. Captured enemy tanks. Officers looking at maps. Tanks of C Squadron 46 RTR. Enemy reconnaissance plane. Fighters driving off bombers. Matilda tanks in Newport Pagnell.
    Full description
    3-4 October. General troop movements at Olney. 9th Armoured Corps at Gayhurst, Buckinghamshire. Battle shots, General Sandy. 6th Armoured Corps.
    Physical description: 35mm

    Object description: Valentine tanks of 6th Armoured Division in a village during Exercise 'Bumper', 1 October 1941. The white crosses indicate that these are 'enemy' tanks :
    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45

    Object description: Parachute troops hold up an 'enemy' Bedford OYD lorry during Exercise 'Bumper', 2 October 1941 :
    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45

    Object description: Senior Allied Armies officers discussing operations during 'Exercise Bumper', 2 October 1941. From left to right: two unidentified Polish Army Colonels; General Stanisław Maczek, the future Commander of the 1st Polish Armoured Division; General Alan Brooke, the Commander-in-Chief Home Forces; unidentified Czech Army officer; General Carl Gustav Fleischer, the C-in-C of the Norwegian Armed Forces (obscured); General B.Regulski, the Polish Military Attache in Britain; Jan Sergěj Ingr, the Czech Minister of National Defense.
    THE ALLIED ARMIES IN BRITAIN, 1940-1947

    Re. Anti-Invasion exercise "Bumper" :
    Sources in British Political History, 1900-1951

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  2. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

  3. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Marked a definite turning point - rather than practising stopping the enemy advancing across rivers the engineers once again began throwing their own bridges across.
     

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