Talk:43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division

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Normandy[edit]

I want to add some more information on both Hill 112 and on the off-shore losses of the Division during the Normandy Campaign. I have to check my references, though. --Habap 16:22, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Were the 189 men of the 43rd Divisional Reconnaissance Regiment who were aboard the ill-fated Derry Cunihy part of this same division? I'm an American trying to understand British units. Thanks. -- K72ndst (talk) 00:22, 14 December 2008 (UTC)
You mean the MV Derrycunihy? Yes, the 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps was the battalion-sized recce (= recon for the USA) unit for the 43rd Division. The naming of UK recce units changed several times during the course of the war. The unit was formed in October 1941 as the 48th Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps (by conversion of the 5th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment) and served as the recce unit for the 48th (South Midland) Division for about a month. The unit was transferred to the 43rd Division on 20 November and, in February 1942, was renamed as the 43rd Battalion. On 6 June 1942, the unit was renamed 43rd Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps - Regiment being the british term for a battalion-sized unit of Cavalry or Artillery (and now, Engineers, Logistics, Signals, Helicopters); I presume it was decided that, as recce, it was mechanized cavalry and thus should share the same nomenclature, with the Companies becoming Squadrons and the Platoons becoming Troops. On 1 January 1944, the Reconnaissance Corps was absorbed by the Royal Armoured Corps.Glevum (talk) 19:17, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

Orders of Battle WW2[edit]

To say this is the Order of Battle for WW2 implies there were no changes throughout the entire war! This oob, which does not agree to the listed source, only seems to apply to a small period: 1 Oct 1943-31 December 1943! On 1 Jan 1944, Recce Corps absorbed by RAC, making this change, the OOB covers a wider range of dates: 1 Jan 1944-27 Dec 1944 and 11 Jun 1945-31 Aug 1945 (based on infantry, mg unit, recce, artillery and engineers - I don't have info on supply units and signals, which might restrict dates further). I have amended section title to say OOB on D-Day and changed recce corps to rac. Also WW1 OOB missing 128 (Hampshire) Brigade.Glevum (talk) 19:44, 13 July 2012 (UTC)