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Battles & Engagements:

 

    1940

 

   26 May - 28 May: Ypres - Comines Canal

 

   1944

 

   6 June: Normandy Landings

   4 - 18 July: Caen

   18 - 23 July: Bourguebus Ridge

   30 July - 9 August: Mont Pincon

   17 - 27 September: The Nederrijn

 

 

   1945

 

   8 February - 10 March: The Rhineland

   23 March - 1 April: The Rhine

 

 

3rd Division 1939-1945
Divisional Insignia

Locations served:

 

       

        September 1939 - A regular Infantry Division in the UK. June 1942 reorganised as a mixed division.

      April 1943 reorganised as an infantry division.

 

       United Kingdom: 3.9.39 - 29.9.39

       France & Belgium: 30.9.39 - 31.5.40

       United Kingdom: 1.6.40 - 4.6.44

       NW Europe: 6.6.44 - 31.8.45

 

        

 

 

 

Brigades

 

7 Infantry Brigade (Guards)

3.9.39 - 15.9.41

 

1 Grenadier Guards

2 Grenadier Guards

1 Coldstream Guards

7 Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Regiment (until 31.12.40)

 

8 Infantry Brigade

3.9.39 - 31.8.45

 

1 Suffolk Regiment

2 East Yorkshire Regiment

2 Gloucestershire Regiment (until 5.2.40)

8 Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Regiment (until 1.1.41)

4 Royal Berkshire Regiment (5.2.40 - 11.6.40)

1 South Lancashire Regiment (11.6.40 - 31.8.45)

 

9 Infantry Brigade

3.9.39 - 31.8.45

 

2 Lincolnshire Regiment

1 King's Own Scottish Borderers

2 Royal Ulster Rifles

9 Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Regiment (until 1.1.41)

 

37 Independant Infantry Brigade

27.11.41 - 7.12.41

 

6 Royal Sussex Regiment

2/6 East Surrey Regiment

2 South Wales Borderers

37 Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Regiment

 

33 Tank Brigade

22.6.42 - 28.4.43

 

43 Royal Tank Regiment

144 Royal Armoured Corps

148 Royal Armoured Corps

 

 

185 Infantry Brigade

10.4.43 - 31.8.45

 

2 Royal Warwickshire Regiment

1 Norfolk Regiment

2 King's Shropshire Light Infantry

1 Highland Light Infantry (19.8.45 - 31.8.45)

Divisional Troops

 

Royal Armoured Corps

 

15/19 Hussars: 3.9.39 - 31.3.40

3 Reconnaissance Regt: 1.1.44 - 10.8.45

 

Royal Engineers

 

246 Field Coy: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

248 Field Coy: 3.9.39 - 2.11.39

253 Field Coy: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

17 Field Coy: 2.11.39 - 31.8.45

 

15 Field Park Coy: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

 

2 Bridging Platoon: 18.10.43 - 31.8.45

 

Signals

 

3 Division: 3.9.-39 - 31.8.45

 

Royal Artillery

 

7 Field Regiment: 3.9.39 - 19.2.40

23 Field Regiment: 3.9.39 - 5.3.40

33 Field Regiment: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

76 Field Regiment: 5.3.40 - 17.8.45

6 Field Regiment: 17.8.45 - 31.8.45

 

20 Anti-Tank Regiment: 3.9.39 - 31.8.45

 

92 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment: 23.3.42 - 10.6.45

112 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment: 10.6.45 - 31.8.45

 

 

INFANTRY

 

Machine Gun Battalion

 

8 Northumberland Fusiliers: 20.11.40 - 29.4.41

2 Middlesex Regiment: 11.11.41 - 20.5.42 & 4.3.44 - 31.8.45

 

Reconnaissance Corps

 

3 Battalion: 30.4.41 - 5.6.42

3 Regiment: 6.6.42 - 31.12.43

 

Support Battalion

 

2 Middlesex Regiment: 1.10.43 - 3.3.44

Divisional Commanders

 

3.9.39

Maj-Gen B.L. Montgomery

 

30.5.40

Brig K.A.N. Anderson

 

3.6.40

Maj-Gen B.L. Montgomery

 

22.7.40

Brig J.A.C. Whitaker

 

25.7.40

Maj-Gen J.A.H. Gammell

 

20.11.41

Maj-Gen E.C. Hayes

 

15.12.43

Maj-Gen T.G. Rennie (wounded 13.6.44)

 

13.6.44

Brig E.E.E. Cass (acting)

 

23.6.44

Maj-Gen L.G. Whistler

 

22.1.45

Maj-Gen A. Galloway

 

25.2.45

Maj-Gen L.G. Whistler

 

 

Victoria Cross Winners
 

 

Bibliography

 

Delaforce, P. - Monty's Iron Sides : from the Normandy beaches to Bremen with the 3rd Division (Alan Sutton 1995)

McNish, R. - Iron Division : the history of the 3rd Division (Ian Allan 1978, new edition 2000)

Scarfe, N. - Assault division : a history of the 3rd Division from the invasion of Normandy to the surrender of Germany (Collins 1947, Spellmount 2004)

Web Links

 

Wiki: British Divisions in WW2

Unit Histories: 3rd Division