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 BRITISH ARTILLERY IN WORLD WAR 2

 

Updated 14 June 2014

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

HK&SVA

 

NEWFOUNDLAND

 

WAFF

 

EAST AFRICA

 

OTHER UNITS

 

FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENTS OF COLONIAL ARTILLERY IN WORLD WAR 2

 Artillery units were raised in some British colonies before and during the war.  The largest of these was in India, covered by its own page.  Elsewhere there were variously field, coast and AA unit, both regular and the local equivalent of the TA.  This page only deals with those that were field artillery.  Apart from Newfoundland (a Crown Colony during the war having been an independent Dominion until 1934), their officers were from the Royal Artillery as where some Warrant Officers and NCOs in some cases.  

 

 HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE VOLUNTEER ARTILLERY

Regiment

Type

Origin/Change

 Where - When - With

Disposal

1 Hong Kong Regt

TA

 

Hong Kong 1941 - Lost

 

 NEWFOUNDLAND

FIELD REGIMENT

Regiment

Type

Origin/Change

 Where - When - With

Disposal

166 (Newfoundland) Fd Regt

WF

Fm 57 (Newfoundland) Hy Regt 11/41

N Africa 1943 - 1 Army Troops 
Italy 1943 - 1 AGRA
Italy 1943-4 - 8 Army Troops att 8 Indian Div
NW Europe 1945 - 2 Army Troops 

Disb 10/45

 HEAVY REGIMENTS

Regiment

Type

Origin/Change

 Where - When - With

Disposal

57 (Newfoundland) Hy Regt

WF

F 4/40

UK 1940 - Eastern Comd

To 166 Fd Regt 11/41

59 (Newfoundland) Hy Regt

WF

F 6/40

UK 1940 - Eastern Comd
UK 1942-3 - South East Comd
Normandy 1944 - 2 Army Troops
NW Europe 1944-5 - 3 AGRA 

Disb 8/45

WEST AFRICAN FRONTIER FORCE

Regiment

Type

Origin/Change

 Where - When - With

Disposal

21 (WA) ATk Regt

WF

 

Burma 1944-5 - 81 (WA) Div

 

22 (WA) ATk Regt

WF

 

Burma 1944-5 - 82 (WA) Div

 

41 (WA) Mortar Regt

WF

F 11/44 fm 101 (WA) Regt

Burma 1944-5 - 81 (WA) Div

 

42 (WA) Mortar Regt

WF

F 11/44 fm 102 (WA) Regt

Burma 1944-5 - 82 (WA) Div

 

101 (WA) Lt Regt

WF

 

India 1944 - 81 (WA) Div
Burma 1944-5 - 81 (WA) Div

 

102 (WA) Lt Regt

WF

 

India 1944 - 82 (WA) Div
Burma 1944-5 - 82 (WA) Div

 

EAST AFRICA

Regiment

Type

Origin/Change

 Where - When - With

Disposal

301 (EA) Fd Regt

WF

F Kenya 7/42 as 1 (EA) Fd Regt

Madagascar 1942
2/44 Lost at sea (Japanese submarine I27)

 

302 (EA) Fd Regt

WF

 

Ceylon 1944 -  - 11 (EA) Inf Div
Burma 1944-5 - 11 (EA) Inf Div

 

303 (EA) Fd Regt

WF

Fm 162 (EA) Fd Regt 5/43

Ceylon 1944 -  - 11 (EA) Inf Div
Burma 1944-5  - 11 (EA) Inf Div

To 303 (EA) Lt Regt 1/45

304 (EA) ATk/Mor Regt

WF

 

Ceylon 1944 -  - 11 (EA) Inf Div
Burma 1944-5  - 11 (EA) Inf Div

 

305 (EA) Fd Regt

WF

 

 

 

306 (EA) Fd Regt

WF

 

E Africa 1944
Burma 1944-5  - 11 (EA) Inf Div

 

307 (EA) Fd Regt

WF

 

E Africa 1944

 

308 (EA) Fd Regt

WF

 

E Africa 1944

 

OTHER UNITS

In addition various East African Light Batteries served in the East African Campaign 1940-1 in 11 and 12 African Divs.

S Rhodesian Lt Bty formed 6/39 in S Rhodesia as a training unit, provide drafts to 3 RHA and Rhodesian units.  17 Rhodesian Fd Bty formed 1943 and joined 6 SA Armd Div in Italy. 

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