Airborne Divisions

 

In 1943, a British infantry division comprised two infantry brigades, each of three infantry battalions, and a tank brigade. Artillery support came from three field regiments, an anti-tank regiment and a light anti-aircraft regiment. In addition, personnel from Royal Signals, Royal Engineers, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Army Service Corps, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Army Medical Corps, Corps of Military Police and Intelligence Corps gave support through their own expertise and equipment.

The two Airborne Divisions, intended to parallel the work of their infantry division counterpart, had, in addition to two parachute brigades, an airlanding brigade. This combined infantry, artillery, reconnaissance and support units:

 

Parachute

1st Airborne

6th Airborne

     

    1st Parachute Brigade

    4th Parachute Brigade

    21st Independent Parachute Company

    No. 16  Parachute Field Ambulance RAMC

    No. 133 Parachute Field Ambulance RAMC



    3rd Parachute Brigade

    5th Parachute Brigade

    22nd Independent Parachute Company

    224th Parachute Field Ambulance RAMC

    225th Parachute Field Ambulance RAMC

 

Infantry, Artillery and Reconnaissance

 

1st Airborne

6th Airborne

Infantry

     1st Battalion The Border Regiment

     7th Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers

     2nd Battalion The South Staffordshire  Regiment

     

    12th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment

    2nd Battalion The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

    1st Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles

 

Artillery

 

    1st Airlanding Light Regiment

    1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery

    2nd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery

    Anti-Aircraft support was added to the Recce Squadron

    No. 1 Forward Observer Unit

     

     53rd (Worcestershire Yeomanry) Airlanding Light Regiment

    3rd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery

     4th Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery

    2nd Airlanding Light Anti-Aircraft Battery (was converted to anti-tank in January 1945 and redesignated 6th Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery)

    No. 2 Forward Observation Unit

 

 

Reconnaissance

 


    1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron


    6th
    Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment

 

Support


Royal Signals
 


1st
Airborne Divisional Signals
 


6th
Airborne Divisional Signals
 

 


Royal Engineers

 

9th Field Company

26th Field Park Company

 

 

249th Field Company

286th Field Park Company

 

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

 

1st Airborne Division Workshop

 

 

6th Airborne Division Workshop

 

 


Royal Army Service Corps

 

250th Light Composite Company

93rd Composite Company

 

 

716th Light Composite Company

398th Composite Company

 

Royal Army Ordnance Corps

 

 

1st Airborne Division Ordnance Field Park

 

6th Airborne Division Ordnance Field Park

 

Royal Army Medical Corps

 

 

181st Airlanding Field Ambulance

 

195th Airlanding Field Ambulance

 

 

Corps of Military Police

 

 

1 st Airborne Divisional Provost Company

 

6th Airborne Divisional Provost Company

 

Intelligence Corps

 

89 th Parachute Field Security Section

 

 

317 th Field Security Section (Airborne)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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