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by nigelfe
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:42 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Medium Artillery Regiments; higher command.
Replies: 16
Views: 3758

Re: Medium Artillery Regiments; higher command.

Supplementary question. When were each of these Medium Regiments first supplied with 5.5" guns? Previous to a response I gave on the AHF, the first 5.5 were not used till May'42. Obviously they could well have been issued prior, but at least we have a date to work back from Which regt and what's th...
by nigelfe
Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:41 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Medium Artillery Regiments; higher command.
Replies: 16
Views: 3758

Re: Medium Artillery Regiments; higher command.

Good question, and the simple answer is I don't know because although it's something I keep an eye open for I've yet to come across it. I suspect it's a matter of looking at the war diaries. That said Joslen's annex on the Alamein ORBAT reveals 3 medium regts, 7 & 64 each with one bty 5.5 and 1 bty ...
by nigelfe
Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:28 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Medium Artillery Regiments; higher command.
Replies: 16
Views: 3758

Re: Medium Artillery Regiments; higher command.

From BM 584/45 AG 4 (Medals) (WO212/493) unless otherwise stated British medium regts in Africa before end 1942. 7 Med Regt (25/26 & 27/28 Btys) 1/12/40 - [less 1 sect] WD Force | BTE 1/12/40 - 1 sect 25/26 Bty 7 Armd Div | BTE 3/3/41 - [less 2 btys] 13 Corps | BTE 3/3/41 - 27/28 Bty Cairo Base Area...
by nigelfe
Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Allied Gens KIA?
Replies: 26
Views: 11965

Re:

Hi Stefan, Steen Ammentorp The Generals of World War II I suggest looking at Orders of Battle Vol 1 & 2 UK and Colonial Units in the Second World War 1939-45 prepared for the Historical Sect of the Cabinet Office by Lt Col HF Joslen, 1960. It lists all divisions and brigades (less Indian), includin...
by nigelfe
Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:34 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: British Political Officers
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

Re: British Political Officers

In interesting and relevant subject, UKs' new Joint Doctine Note on Culture provides various 'snippet case studies' but I was somewhat surprised to see no mention of Political Officers on the NW Frontier, who included some immensely astute and able men.
by nigelfe
Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:26 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Medium Artillery Regiments; higher command.
Replies: 16
Views: 3758

Re: Medium Artillery Regiments; higher command.

Probably army command but corps or lower control. Medium arty was in short supply so it would likely be centrally commanded and assigned as necessary, this could include being placed under command of lower formations for particular periods or tasks as an alternate to being assigned in support for pe...
by nigelfe
Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Allied Gens KIA?
Replies: 26
Views: 11965

Re: Allied Gens KIA?

UK Divisional commanders (all major general although some acting) from Joslen's ORBATs (which don't included Indian divs but do include African ones, and don't include any corps comds or other general officer positions). You'll note that a couple of the wounded became field marshals and one name occ...
by nigelfe
Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: UK in wwII, according to todays tv programs.
Replies: 30
Views: 4046

Re: UK in wwII, according to todays tv programs.

The Aussies & Kiwis were certainly proud to serve the mother country, until they discovered what the Brits really thought of them and in fact despised them as soldiers. Not forgetting that we arguably had the most competent General in General Monasch [incidentally a German Judaic adherant & one of ...
by nigelfe
Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:49 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: AA Guns in Mersa Matruh
Replies: 4
Views: 1235

Re: AA Guns in Mersa Matruh

My typo in the last sentence, should be 51 HAA with 152, 153 & 16/2 HAA btys these were with the WDF. In Tobruk the btys were 152, 153 and 235 bty of 89 HAA Regt. Its not terribly clear when RHQ 51 HAA arrived because in Apr 1941 it appears that the regt's wksp and sigs sect were there but not RHQ i...
by nigelfe
Thu Nov 20, 2008 4:16 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: AA Guns in Mersa Matruh
Replies: 4
Views: 1235

Re: AA Guns in Mersa Matruh

In May 1940 AA assets in ME were 40 HAA, a mix of 3 in, 3.7 and some 4.5 on the way, plus 1 bty (12 guns) LAA (40mm). When the WDF was formed it had a single LAA bty. Wavell identifed a need for 2 AA bdes, one mobile and sought what amounted to 22 HAA (achieved circa Sep 1941, reaching 49 btys by Oc...
by nigelfe
Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:01 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: How many russian die in war against Japan?
Replies: 7
Views: 2324

Re: How many russian die in war against Japan?

Bellamy cites GF Krivosheyev (he explains his approach to Russian spellings at the beginning of his book). However, the reference (translated) is The 'Secret' Stamp is Lifted. Losses of the USSR Armed Forces in Wars, Military Actions and Armed Conflicts , Moscow, 1993. He also cites Glantz's Leavenw...
by nigelfe
Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: How many russian die in war against Japan?
Replies: 7
Views: 2324

Re: How many russian die in war against Japan?

The figures given by Prof Chris Bellamy in 'Absolute War' published last year, and using official Soviet sources are: Total force 1,669,500 in 3 Fronts, the Amur Flotilla and Pacific Fleet. Only 2 of the Fronts were committed to action. In addition there were 16,000 Mongolians in the joint Soviet-Mo...
by nigelfe
Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:22 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: equipement of the british Antitank regiments in Normandy
Replies: 4
Views: 5567

Re: equipement of the british Antitank regiments in Normandy

Addition : British 11th armoured division had two batteries of M-10 and one battery of 17 pdr while Guards and 7th armoured division had two batteries of M-10 and two battery of 17 pdr. The combination of bty types in a regiment was not standard, just the types of battery. Regts in NW Europe had 4 ...
by nigelfe
Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:59 am
Forum: Weapons and Equipment
Topic: Panzerbeobachswagen Panther
Replies: 16
Views: 2792

Re: Panzerbeobachswagen Panther

Obviously, but I'd have expected some external sign of them.
by nigelfe
Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:21 am
Forum: Weapons and Equipment
Topic: Panzerbeobachswagen Panther
Replies: 16
Views: 2792

Re: Panzerbeobachswagen Panther

German arty seems to have had some affinity for optical rangefinders and tripod mounted binos.