Appendix ‘C’ Subject: Preliminary Instructions regarding disbandment of 27 Armd Bde. List ‘B’ + Bde HQ (Bde Comd 2IC BM DAAQMG G3 SO REME BOO) 27AB/546/AQ 23 Jul 44 1. The 27 Armd Bde is to be disbanded forthwith. The reasons given are:- (a) The Man Power and Tk Strength situate dictate a reduction in Armd Order of Battle. (b) The Regts of the Bde are required to take the place of war formed regts which are to be disbanded to provide the RAC Rfts needed. 2. The Bde will consequently be withdrawn into Army Reserve and will move under the direction of 1 Corps to an area to be allotted by 2nd Army in the immediate future or as soon as the operational situation permits. 3. Staffordshire Yeomanry, Sigs Tp and LAD. This Regt will come out first and will proceed direct to the new area to be allotted by Army. On completion of vehicle handover detailed below the Regt will proceed to UK and come under command 79 Armd Div for special training. Regt will probably return to 2nd Army in September. 4. 13/18 R.Hussars, Sigs Tp and LAD. Will come out of the line second (possibly at the same time as Staffs Yeo) and will move to new 27 Armd Bde area. On arrival to be completed with tanks ex Staffs Yeo to WE (49 MkIII, 12MkVc, 11 Honeys). DD tanks will be handed to 266 Fwd Sqn. On completion 13/18 Hussars will take the place of 24 L in 8 Armd Bde. 5. E.R.Yeomanry, Sigs Tp and LAD. As far as I can see the probability is that the Regt will be retaining in this country and will in due course take the place, in some formation of a unit be disbanded. It now seems less likely that the Regt will go home to be Churchillised. During the inter-requiem the Regt may lose many, if not all its tanks in view of recent heavy casualties. In order to continue some crew training the DD tks ex 13/18 can be made available. 6. Probable dates of relief. Staffs Yeo 24 Jul 44 23/18 Hussars 26 Jul 44 E.R.Y. 27 Jul 44 Staffs Yeo and E.R.Yeo will be relieved by units of 33 Bde. If 33 Bde unit does not arrive before Staffs are due to leave, ERY will take over Staffs Yeo Fwd Sqn. Regts will be prepared for a twenty mile march to the new area. Tpt Echs will join Regts in new area. 7. Disposal of Vehs. (a) Staffs Yeo (i) Tks incl Scout Cars: Priority 1 to complete 13/18 to W.E. Priority 2 to complete Cdn Armd Div with Mk.III Shermans. Priority 3 to E.R.Y. (ii) B Vehs : Specialist Vehs i.e. Office Lorry, Fitters and Med ½ tracks and any other veh with special Regt fittings to be left with ARG with a care and maint party of 1 dvr per two vehs. This party to be administratively self-contained. 12 B Vehs can be taken to UK for domestic use at home (suggest one or more cooks lorries might be advisable). 12 spaces are allotted and any 12 vehs can go. Jeeps could be carried in 3-ton lorries if necessary. ‘Plain empty’ B vehs: Priority 1 to make up WE 13/18 H. Priority 2 to make up WE E.R.Yeo. Priority 3 to be handed into Army Veh Pk. (b) 13/18 H to make up to WE ex Staffs Yeo surplus ‘empty vehs’. (c) E.R.Yeo to make up as far as possible after 13/18 are satisfied. 8. G.1098 Staffs Yeo may take home in 12 lorries such G1098 as they require. Remainder can be ‘sealed’ in specialist lorries or store lorries left behind in France. 9. Equipment and Uniforms: Staffs Yeo will ensure that all ranks “March out” properly equipped and dressed and land in UK in a smart condition. B.O.O. will supply all requirements as a priority issue. 10. Staffs Yeo – Leave. All ranks will be granted 7 days leave on arrival in UK. Maint Party can be changed over at half time under arrangements to be made through 79 Armd Div. 11. Bde HQ Sqn – General. Bde HQ Sqn personnel and vehs may be applied as under: Priority 1 to bring HQ 8 Armd Bde up to WE plus 1st Rfts. Priority 2 to provide rfts for 13/18 H. Priority 3 to fill Specialist Vacancies in E.R.Yeo and Staffs Yeo in that order of priority (Staffs Yeo are to be made up in UK). 12. Bde HQ Sqn Vehs. (a) A Vehs. Probable transfer to 8 Armd Bde:- 6 Protective Tp Tks 1 OP Tk 1 Comd Tk Shamrock II 1 Bridgelayer 1 Crusader AA Tk. some others may also proceed to 8 Armd Bde. (b) B Vehs. Bde Comds Humber Saloon and L/Cpl Chivers Bde Comds 4x4 and Tpr Hopkins Bde Comds Sc Car Bde Comds Caravan and Cpl Stevens (Pte Jackson RASC to be attached temporarily). 2 Weasels. Such other vehs as are required to complete 8 Armd Bde HQ to WE. Any surplus vehs including welding truck required by 8 Armd Bde HQ. 13. Personnel. In addition to those mentioned in 12(b) above 7 complete tank crews 12 good ORs The above figures are merely indicative and full details will be completely tied up with Rep 8 Armd Bde HQ at 065775 at 1100 hrs on Monday 24 July. Col Aird S.C. and OC Bde HQ Sqn will be present. 14. Bde HQ Sig Sqn. OC Bde HQ Sig Sqn will make out a list of key personnel he would suggest might be valuable to 8 Armd Bde HQ Sig Sqn. Cpl Vernon Sgm Atwood will be included. Nothing executive will however be done in this matter till further orders. 15. 90 Coy RASC. At disposal of D.D.S.T. 2 Army to move with 27 Armd Bde to new area. Future unknown at present. 16. 11 Lt.Fd.Amb. Will join 6 Guards Tank Brigade. May move there direct or first to new 27 Armd Bde area. 17. Bde Wshops. To come under comd A.R.G. and act permanently as A.R.G. Wshops. 18. Ord Fd Pk. To come under comd A.R.G. as above and act permanently as A.R.G. Ord Fd Pk. 19. 266 F.D.Sqn. To remain for present with 27 Armd Bde but to revert to A.R.G. when no longer required. 13/18 R.H. Personnel to rejoin 13/18 H when they come out of line. Staffs Yeo. Personnel to rejoin Staffs Yeo when they come out of line. E.R.Yeo. To remain with 266 F.D.Sqn till Sqn goes back to A.R.G. when they will rejoin E.R.Y. Application will be made for return to units of Regtl Personnel in Corps Sqn by this HQ. Result will be notified. Sgd: P. Dayer-Smith, Major for Brigadier, Comd 27 Armd Bde.