Talk:56th (London) Infantry Division

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Divisional insigna[edit]

Should it not be a Black Cat? The 56th was called the "Black Cat" division throughout the Sicily and Italy campaigns in WW2 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:45, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

Definitely a Black Cat. There is a book 'Black Cats at War' which was published by the Imperial War Museum that has the best version you are going to get of the 2nd World War exploits of this Division. And they were certainly more than Infantry with the Artillery Regiment being particularly noteworthy. (Victor Middlesex (talk) 09:39, 16 December 2014 (UTC)).

Victor, did you read the lede paragraph? Clearly states two different insignia in the two world wars. This was a deliberate policy. See, for example, 47th (1/2nd London) Division in WWI and 47th (London) Infantry Division Bow Bells in WWII or 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division, White Rose of Yorkshire in WWI, Polar Bear in WWII. Hamish59 (talk) 10:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)


This should probably be merged with British 56th (1/1st London) Division. In all liklihood, that article should be merged into this one, but I'm open to other opinions. Thoughts, anyone? Carom 20:26, 23 December 2006 (UTC)


There are many units missing as the 56th wasn't just formed of the infantry. I will hopfully collate all the units and add them. If the articles are merged as suggested above the units the formed the 56th in both wars would have to be dated from date of attachment to date of detachment. I am currently reading my Granddads diaries from that period and any useful information that I get I will hopfully find a place to add 00:30, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Have been filled in subsequently. Hamish59 (talk) 10:18, 16 December 2014 (UTC)