War Diary - 1st Battalion, The Hampshire Regt - June 1944

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  1. ramacal

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

    Here are the war diary pages for the battalion of the above regiment for June 1944.

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  2. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hello ramacal,

    Are you covering all of 50 Div in June, or just the 231st Infantry Brigade?

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  3. ramacal

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

    Hello ramacal,

    Are you covering all of 50 Div in June, or just the 231st Infantry Brigade?

    Best,

    Steve.

    Steve

    I copied some June 1944 war diaries for a friend and I thought I'd make them accessible to Forum Members. I was not carrying out any research for myself and had not given any thought to which Division or Brigade they were part of.

    The others I will be posting shortly are the June 1944 war diaries for the 2nd Devonshires (231 Brigade) and 6th & 7th Green Howards (69 Brigade). I don't have the 5th East Yorks (69 Brigade) or the 6th, 8th & 9th DLI (151 Brigade)

    Regards - Rob
     
  4. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball From the North.

    Thanks for sharing these Rob. I've viewed all of the different diaries you have posted with great interest.

    Cheers

    Jonathan
     
  5. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Steve

    The others I will be posting shortly are the June 1944 war diaries for the 2nd Devonshires (231 Brigade) and 6th & 7th Green Howards (69 Brigade).

    Regards - Rob

    Hello Rob,

    I have sent you a PM, but regarding the above -yes please! :)

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  6. charlwojo

    charlwojo Junior Member

    Hello Ramacal,

    I am looking into the movements and involvement of the 1st Battalion the Hampshires durign the second world war and was amazed to find your pictures of the actual war diaries. Is there the possibility that you would be able to provide the Battalions diary entries for the subsequent months July - Oct?

    I am very interested as my Grandfather was a private during the campaign and managed to get to Holland before he was hit by shrapnel and seriously injured.

    Any help you could provide would be most welcome.

    Many Thanks
    John
     
  7. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum John,

    The 1st Bn, Hampshire Regiment were with 231st Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division from late August 1943 for the duration, landing on Gold Beach on D-Day and then throughout NW Europe - until 50 Div was reduced to a training cadre on 30 November 1944; with Monty saying it 'had done enough'.

    Let's see how your request develops and I will add more, if appropriate, in due course. It may be helpful if you could post your grandfather's name and details of his service record if held?!? These are, obviously, private matters and you should only post if happy to do so!

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  8. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Steve mac

    it was my understanding that 231 Bde with Brig Gen Uhrquart joined with 50th Div for Sicily in July '43 to replace 150th bde which was lost long before at Gazala - they tried all sorts of bdes but settled on 231 bde - Uhrquart went on to become Maj Gen of 1st para div

    Cheers
     
  9. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hello Tom,

    I trust you are keeping well!

    I wrote this once already but the ether sabotaged my 'encryption'.

    The 168th Infantry Brigade - 1st London Scottish, 1st London Irish Rifles and 10th Royal Berks - were part of 50 Div for the 'Husky' landings, but apparently were not up to muster. Now I cannot comment on this general statement with any authority, but my little reading on the period 27 April to 10 October 1943 leads one to this conclusion. I will read more, and reach a definitive and personal conclusion sometime hence.

    The 50 Div orbat has 231st Bde joining the division on 10 October 1943, having started Husky as an Independent Infantry Brigade; fresh out of Malta. However, a lot of my reading shows 231 Bde with 50 Div before the end of the Sicily Campaign and whilst involved in the Italy landings. This is why I always say 'August', but I have never heard it be July and it may well have been later!

    What do you think/know?

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  10. paulcheall

    paulcheall Private

    Hi John and welcome. My dad was fighting in 6 Green Howards, 69 brigade, 50 div alongside the Hampshires on Gold beach. You should be able to click through to my dad's website and learn a little more. I have some pics of the Hampshires attending the 50th anniversary of D-day in France if you'd like me to dig them out. I believe they are just ww2 enthusiasts dressed up but they make a nice memento.
    Paul

     
  11. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    not much point , he's not been on forum for over a year.
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  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    From WO 223/39 1 Hampshire Regiment The Landing, June 1944.

    WO 223 papers and files relate chiefly to the 1944-45 campaigns in France and Germany (Operation Overlord etc). They were prepared by the Staff College from war diaries, regimental and battalion histories, etc. for the use of officers attending the 1947 Course.

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  13. Gold

    Gold Member

    Hello,
    it is possible to have a copie of it please ? (green howards and 2nd Devon)

    Thank you !

    Regards,
    Guillaume
     

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