WW2 British Army Divisional histories

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  1. hutchie

    hutchie Dont tell him Pike!!

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a good book for each of the mentioned divisions? They are both infantry
  2. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    There was an internal;ly produced "history of the 4th Division" when I was on the staff It wasn't particularly illuminating. 4 Div seem to have, in the main, missed the decisive points of history. Inkerman was a high point. ..
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD


    George Aris The Fifth British Division 1939-1945

    There is a 4th Div book as Paul Reed had copied the Cassino maps from it for our tour back in 2008.
    I don't know the author though.

    edit: bit of a Google found this.

    Fourth Division 1939-1945 Hugh Williamson.


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  4. hutchie

    hutchie Dont tell him Pike!!

    thanks guys :)
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Owen, The 4 Div book is on my wants now. Can we change the title to WW2 British Army Division books?

    Can anyone help out with the following Divisions that served in France with the BEF:

    1 Division
    2 Division
    3 Division
    4 Division Fourth Division 1939-1945 by Hugh Williamson.
    5 Division The Fifth British Division 1939-1945 by George Aris
    12 Division
    23 Division
    42 Division
    44 Division
    46 Division
    48 Division
    50 Division
    51 Division
    52 Division
    1 Armoured Division
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    You missed out “The 43rd Wessex Division at War: 1944—1945” by Maj.-Gen. H. Essame (Clowes, 1952)

    edit: didnt see you edited your post to say 'BEF in France'.
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Another possibility: Fourth Division, 1939 to 1945 by Cyril Ray
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    ALGIERS TO AUSTRIA The 78th Division in the Second World War. Cyril Ray
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    History of the 51st Highland Division. By J B Salmond
  10. jmcq

    jmcq Junior Member

    Mountain and Flood by Blake
    52nd Div.
  11. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    The Path of the 50th - Ewart Clay


  12. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Divisional Histories

    Anon. History of the First Division [British]: Florence to Monte Grande. Cairo: Schindler's Press.

    Anon. History of 7th Armoured Division, June 1943-July 1945. British Army of the Rhine, 1945.

    Anon. The Story of the 46th Division. nd.

    Anon. The Story of the 79th Armoured Division: October 1942 - June 1945. nd. (D.Ryan-copy)

    Anon. Wyvern in North West Europe: Short History of the 43rd Wessex.... 1946

    Aris, George. The Fifth British Division 1939 to 1945. London: Fifth Divisional Benevolent Fund, 1959. (NYPL)

    Barclay, Cyril N. The history of the 53rd (Welsh) division in the Second World War. London: W. Clowes, 1956. (NYPL)(D.Ryan)

    Blake, George. Mountain and Flood: The History of the 52nd (Lowland) Division, 1939-1946. Glasgow: Jackson and Son, 1957. (NYPL)(D.Ryan)

    Clay, Ewart. The Path of the 50th. Aldershot: Gale and Polden, Ltd., 1950. (NYPL)(D.Ryan-copy)

    David, Saul. Churchill's Sacrifice of the Highland Division: France, 1940. London: Brassey's, 1994. (D.Ryan)

    Delaforce, Patrick. Black Bull: From Normandy to the Baltic with the 11th Armored Div. Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1993. (NYPL)(Cornell)

    Delaforce, Patrick. Churchill's Desert Rats: Normandy to the Baltic with 7th Armored. Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1994. (NYPL)(Cornell)

    Delaforce, Patrick. Fighting Wessex Wyverns: Normandy to Bremerhaven with 43rd. Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1994. (NYPL

    Delaforce, Patrick. Monty's Iron Sides [3rd Division]. Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1995. (Cornell)

    Delaforce, Patrick. Polar Bears: From Normandy to the Relief of Holland with 49th Div. Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1995.

    Essame, H. The 43rd Wessex Division at War. London: William Clowes and Son, 1952. (NYPL)

    Fletcher, David. Vanguard of Victory: The 79th Armoured Division. London: HMSO, 1984

    Forbes, Patrick. 6th Guards Tank Brigade. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., nd. (Upitt)

    Ford, Ken. Battleaxe Division: From Africa to Italy with the 78th Division 1942-45. Thrupp, Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing, 1999. (D.Ryan)

    Forty, George. 7th Armoured Division: The ‘Desert Rats’. London: Ian Allen, 2003. (D.Ryan)

    Forty, George. Desert Rats at War. London: Ian Allan, 1980. (D.Ryan)

    Gale, R. N. With the 6th Airborne Division in Normandy. Sampson Low, Marston, 1948

    Grant, Roderick. The 51st Highland Division at War. London: Allan, 1977 ( NYPL)

    Hughes, E.K. A Short History of the 49th West Riding and Midland Infantry Division, T.A. Stellar Press, 1957. (NYPL)

    Knight, Peter. The 59th Division; its war story. London: F. Muller, 1954. (NYPL)(D.Ryan-copy)

    Lynch, Tim. Dunkirk 1940: Whereabouts Unknown: How Untrained Troops of the Labour Divisions were Sacrificed to Save an Army. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Spellmount, 2010. (D.Ryan)

    Martin, Hugh Gray. The history of the Fifteenth Scottish Division 1939-45. Edinburgh: W. Blackwood, 1948. (NYPL)

    Packe, Michael. Winged Stallion: Fighting and Training with the First Airborne. London: Blandford, 1988

    Ray, Cyril. Algiers to Austria: History of the 78th Division. Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1952

    Salmond, J.B. The History of the 51st Highland Division 1939-45. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, Ltd., 1953. (No Source)

    Sandars, John. British 7th Armoured Division 1940-45. Warren, Michigan: Squadron/Signal Publications, 1977. (D.Ryan)

    Saul, David. Churchill’s Sacrifice of the Highland Division: France 1940. London: Brassey’s, 1994. (D.Ryan)

    Scarfe, Norman. Assault Division: A History of the 3rd Division from Normandy.... London: Collins, 1947

    Verney, G. L. Desert Rats: The 7th Armoured Division in World War II. London: Greenhill Books, 2002. (D.Ryan)

    Verney, G. L. Guards Armoured Division. Hutchinson, 1955

    Williamson, Hugh. The Fourth Division 1939-45. London: Newman Neame, 1951. (NYPL)
  13. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    The Story of The Guards Armoured Division, 1941-1945; Capt. the Earl of Rosse, MBE & Col. E.R. Hill, DSO; Geoffrey Bles Ltd, London, 1956
  14. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Wot -
    NO 6th Armoured…? - I know they weren't in the BEF - but they did help

  15. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron


    Ford, Ken. Mailed Fist: 6th Armoured Division at War, 1940-1945. Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2005.
  16. TTH

    TTH Senior Member


    Converse, Allan. Armies of Empire. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011. [Comparative history of 50th Division and 9th Australian Division.]
  17. hutchie

    hutchie Dont tell him Pike!!

    keep um coming folks :)
  18. tmac

    tmac Senior Member Patron

    Iron Division - History of 3rd Division: 1809-1989, by R R McNish. Covers the whole history of the division from its formation by Wellington during the Peninsular War.

    And another ...

    Eagles and Bulldogs in Normandy 1944: The American 29th Infantry Division from Omaha Beach to St Lo and the British 3rd Infantry Division from Sword Beach to Caen, by Michael Reynolds.
  19. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

  20. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Does anybody have a copy of this on their shelf?

    I'd like to know if it has much/any material about the move from the UK to the Middle-East in October-ish 1951 and the division's time in Cyprus and the Canal Zone ('51-'52)

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