46th Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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For the equivalent formation in World War I, see 46th (North Midland) Division.
46th Infantry Division
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Formation sign of the 46th Infantry Division
Active Second World War
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Territorial Army
Type Infantry
Engagements Battle of France
Tunisia Campaign
Italian Campaign

The 46th Infantry Division was a 2nd Line Territorial Army formation during the Second World War; it was the duplicate of the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division. The 46th Infantry Division was part of the British Expeditionary Force sent to France in 1940. It was assigned as a labour and training unit, but ended up fighting in the retreat to Dunkirk and the evacuation to Britain. It was decided to reorganise the division as a 'mixed' division and thus, on 20 July 1942, the 137th Infantry Brigade left the division to begin its conversion to armour as the 137th Armoured Brigade. The following month, there was a change of plan; the division was to remain as an infantry division and the 128th Infantry Brigade was assigned to it. From 17 January 1943, it was part of the First Army in Tunisia and from there it fought through the Italian Campaign. In 1945, the division was sent with Scobie's III Corps to re-occupy Greece.

The formation sign bore a Sherwood Forest oak tree.[1]

Second World War Order of Battle[edit]

137th Infantry Brigade[edit]

(20 July 1942 converted into an Armoured Brigade)

138th Infantry Brigade[edit]

139th Infantry Brigade[edit]

128th (Hampshire) Infantry Brigade[edit]

(From 15 August 1942 onwards)

  • 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment (from 10 May 1943)
  • 5th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
  • 1/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
  • 2/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment (to 9 May 1943)

Divisional Troops[edit]

  • 2/7th (MG) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (11 November 1941 - 1 October 1942)
  • 2nd (MG) Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (3 July 1943 - 10 March 1944)
  • 9th (MG) Battalion, Manchester Regiment (from 15 July 1944)[2]
  • 46th Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps (from 11 July 1941)[3]
  • 270th Field Company, Royal Engineers
  • 271st Field Company, Royal Engineers
  • 272nd Field Company, Royal Engineers
  • 273rd Field Park Company, Royal Engineers
  • 201st Bridge Platoon, Royal Engineers (from 4 April 1943)
  • 46th Divisional Signals, Royal Corps of Signals
  • 121st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (to 12 July 1940)
  • 122nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (to 12 July 1940)
  • 123rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (to 12 July 1940)
  • 70th (West Riding Artillery|West Riding) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (from 30 July 1940)
  • 71st (West Riding) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (from 30 July 1940)
  • 51st (Westmorland & Cumberland) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (30 July 1940 - 16 September 1940)
  • 151st (Ayrshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (16 September 1940 - 10 May 1942)
  • 172nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (from 11 May 1942)
  • 58th (Duke of Wellington's) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery (to 30 June 1940)
  • 68th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery (from 30 July 1940)
  • 115th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (from 24 February 1942; disbanded to provide infantry reinforcements on 8 November 1944)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Imperial War Museum website; badge, formation, 46th (North Midland and West Riding) Infantry Division
  2. ^ this started the war as the 1/9th Bn. With the conversion of the 2/9th to the 88th A/Tk Regt RA in November 1941, the 1/9th was redesignated
  3. ^ redesignated 46th Regt, Recce Corps on 6 June 1942; then 46th Recce Regt RAC on 1 Jan 1944

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