Major General Royal Artillery March 1941

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  1. CornwallPhil

    CornwallPhil Senior Member

    Can anyone please tell me who the Major General, Royal Artillery was in March 1941? I've come across a reference to his inspection of a number of Coast Artillery batteries in Cornwall and am struggling to put a name to him. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Slightly guessing and I'm not sure on dates but you could try:
    Maj Gen O M Lund as Major General RA or
    Maj Gen R L Allen as CO 5th AA Division (Jul 40)

    Tim
     
  3. JITTER PARTY

    JITTER PARTY Well-Known Member

    This is not really my theatre, but in India and Australia MGRA was an appointment (rather than any random Major General formerly RA), one each for India Comd and Australian LHQ. Find a 1941 Army List online and I'm sure you'll get the answer.
     
  4. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Similar observation as JITTER PARTY's - I was just yesterday looking at a file for MGRA AAI (Major General RA for Allied Armies in Italy) who seemed to be in overall command for the entire region.
     
  5. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    Probably Major-General Royal Artillery, Home Forces, which was Acting Major-General Sidney Archibald in March 1941.
     
  6. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    I suggested Lund in Post#2 as according to Farndale's History of the RA, Lund succeeded Archibald as MGRA, Home Forces in October 1940. Mind you, at times, I'm not a fan of Farndale's accuracy.

    Tim
     
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  7. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    That site also has Lund in post Tim. I suspect the end date for Archibald is a typo as he is listed as General Officer Commanding 11th Anti-Aircraft Division in November 1940.
     
  8. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake All over the place.... Patron

    RA Commemoration book pp48-49 Otto Lund Succeeded Archibald as MGRA and was in post from 1940-44.
     
  9. CornwallPhil

    CornwallPhil Senior Member

    Many thanks for your contributions. It certainly seems Lund is my man.
     
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  10. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    Yes but he was MGRA for the 21st Army Group for part of that time
     
  11. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake All over the place.... Patron

    He was MGRA Home Forces, which commanded the troops in the UK. In July 1943, once the planning for Op Overlord started 21 Army Group was established under the command of SHEAF as the basis for an expeditionary force. However, the commander Home Forces Bernard Paget became Commander 21 Army Group and Lund MGRA Home Force became MGRA Home Forces, and the operational staff of Home Forces became 21 AG. Home Forces became a command HQ for the troops who would not be deployed to the British Liberation Army, the training and garrison units. Paget and Lund were replaced when Montgomery was appointed to the role and Montgomery wanted his own Gunner, Meade Dennis the BRA 8th Army as MGRA 21 AG. At that point Otto Lund became DRA
     

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