from:Alperton, London (d.24th June 1944) My uncle, Ernest Leonard Sellman was a trooper in the British Army, 43rd 2/5th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment. However, shipping delays and a storm between 19 and 22 June delayed its arrival; the division finally concentrated round Bayeux on 24 June. 389–322 Rgts RA at British Army 1945 on. [17][38], HQ, A and C Squadrons of 43rd (Wessex) Reconnaissance Regiment were aboard the troopship Derrycunihy, which arrived off Sword Beach on the evening of 20 June. [26] The division was blamed by many airborne soldiers for its dilatory advance,[27] though the Corps commander, Lt-Gen Brian Horrocks, defended the division, pointing out that it could not deploy any armoured vehicles (like 43 Recce's armoured cars and half-tracks) off the single road, nicknamed 'Hell's Highway', which was cut behind them on several occasions. The first elements moved up to Brussels to protect headquarters and carry out engineering works, then the division concentrated at Diest to take part in Operation Market Garden, beginning on 17 September. On the right, 5th Wiltshires began crossing in eight storm boats manned by 15th (Kent) GHQTRE, but they grounded before reaching the far side, and were raked by machine gun fire. A second Class 40 named 'Saul' was built by 15th (Kent) GHQRE. Record of a reconnaissance regiment : a history of the 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment (The Gloucestershire Regiment), 1939-1945 Bristol : White Swan Press, 1950 252 p. As the ship started engines at 07.40 on the morning of 24 June it detonated an acoustic or 'Oyster' mine dropped by one of the nightly Luftwaffe raiders. [17][21][33][34][35][36][37], XII Corps and 43rd (Wessex) Division were assigned to 21st Army Group for the Allied invasion of Normandy (Operation Overlord). Support – 8th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (Vickers machine guns et 4.2″ Mortars) – 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. 372–413 Rgts RA at British Army 1945 on. 80–177 Rgts RE at British Army 1945 on. The advance began on 30 March: German rearguards were either overcome or bypassed, and the Twente Canal was crossed, with troops of 129th Infantry Bde and 8th Armoured Bde liberating Lochem on 1–2 April. The division had to hold its positions under mortar fire for another 14 days, described by the commander of 214th Brigade as comparable only 'to the bombardment at Passchendaele'. [72][73][74][75][76][77], Having taken and then defended Mont Pinçon, 43rd (Wessex) Division participated in XXX Corps' advance. B Sqn's other troop had turned the other way and probed a long way forward, meeting C Sqn, which had passed through several villages until it caught up with the enemy late in the day at Montcharivel, where leading elements of 15th (Scottish) Division had also gained contact. 64 relations. The 43rd (Wessex) Reconnaissance Regiment was a regiment of the British Army's Reconnaissance Corps, itself part of the Royal Armoured Corps, during World War II. For this operation it was assisted by the bridging specialists of 15th (Kent) GHQ Troops Royal Engineers, a medium artillery regiment and the Cromwell tanks of 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars, the armoured reconnaissance regiment of 11th Armoured Division. The concealed squadrons sent back reports, but were forbidden to engage the enemy in order to hide the extent of the position. Meanwhile the battalions and batteries were immediately distributed to garrisons across India, reverting to peacetime service conditions, and the Wessex Division never saw service as a whole, though it was formally numbered the 43rd (1st Wessex) Division in 1915 and the brigades were designated 128th (Hampshire) Brigade, 129th (South Western) Brigade and 130th (Devon and Cornwall) Brigade. Next the fund acquired Wynyard's Gap near Crewkerne, Somerset. Then, while 129th Brigade formed a secure south-west flank, 130th Brigade and Churchill Crocodile flamethrowing tanks from 79th Armoured Division were to advance from Château de Fontaine to capture Eterville and Maltot and the high ground to the south-east. It crossed the Noireau on 15 August by a broken railway bridge and by wading, whereupon 204 Field Company RE set to work with a waterproofed bulldozer to build a tank ford and a trestle bridge named 'Genesis'. Artillery – 94th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery – 112th Field Regiment… Christopherson, Stanley (James Holland, ed. XXX Corps had 43rd Wessex and 84th US Divisions under command for this attack, which entailed breaching the Siegfried Line defences and capturing a string of fortified villages. 43rd (Wessex) Division at Long, Long Trail. [2][3], Wessex Divisional Engineers[9] (joined 27th Division and served at Salonika), Divisional Royal Army Medical Corps (joined 8th Division and served on the Western Front), Wessex Divisional Transport & Supply Column, Army Service Corps, at Exeter[12] (joined 29th Division and served at Gallipoli), On 29 July 1914 the Wessex Division was on Salisbury Plain carrying out its annual training camp when 'precautionary orders' were received, and next day the division took up emergency war stations in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Meanwhile 5th Wiltshires got to the bridge over the Druance at the foot of Mont Pinçon but failed to capture it by the end of the day. However, this entailed some heavy fighting by 5th Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI) against a Panzer counter-attack at Cheux on 27 June. It fought in North West Europe with the 21st Army Group in … They also had storm boats in reserve but these had to be used in the first wave because launching points for DUKWs were hard to find. Vic Blake served with the B Squadron in the 43rd Wessex Reconnaissance Regiment. During the night 5th Dorsets and the divisional engineers ferried a few hundred Poles across the Nederrijn in assault boats to reinforce 1st Airborne Division's shrinking perimeter. 43rd (Wessex) Reconnaissance Regiment was formed from 48th Recce Battalion in October 1941. It never saw any combat and was broken up to form the 44th Armoured Division in February 1943. 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