A partir du 10 juillet, la division combat sur la Cote 112, où ses unités d'infanterie subissent de terribles pertes. 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. 43rd (Wessex) Division memorial on Hill 112. 10th - 11th July 1944: Unit awarded Battle Honour: Subsequent designation: 4th Bn Wiltshire Regiment: Disbanded 1946 : Reformed 1947 : Cadreised 1967 : Reformed as H.Q. On 22 September 1914 the Government of India agreed to send 32 British and 20 Indian regular army battalions to Europe in exchange for 43 TF battalions. 43 (Wessex) Infantry Division (UK) Hits: 7445 . Royal Wessex Yeomanry RWxY is a Reserve armoured regiment of the British Army Reserve consisting of five squadrons. Wessex Division … TO THE MEMORY OF ALL RANKS O/F THE 43RD WESSEX DIVISION/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR/ THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM/ 1939 - 1945./ THIS MEMORIAL/ IS A REPLICA/ OF THAT ERECTED/ ON HILL 112 NEAR CAEN/ THE SITE OF THE FIRST/ MAJOR BATTLE/ IN WHICH THE DIVISION/ TOOK PART/ JULY 10TH TO JULY 24TH 1944. The infantry and anti-tank guns held off counter-attacks through the night from the newly arrived 9th SS Panzer Division, and were reinforced in the morning by a company of 1st Worcesters and briefly by a squadron of Sherman tanks from the Royal Scots Greys. To erect a permanent memorial on Hill 112 near Caen, where the division first went into action and where it suffered more casualties than in any other battle. [80] The numbers 49 and 51 either side of the Wessex Wyvern divisional badge are the identification serials of 204 and 553 Field Companies RE. After service in the Isle of Wight, 214th Brigade had received specialised training in combined operations under the Royal Marines at Inverary, and retained an individuality within the division. 43ème division d’infanterie Wessex britannique. 4th Dorsets and the engineers made another assault crossing on the night of 24/25 September, suffering heavy casualties and getting few supplies across. The first convoy, Group One, consisted of nearly 1500 vehicles of 129th Brigade with its usual proportion of divisional artillery, engineers and support services, reinforced by 1st Worcesters. But thereafter heavy rain turned the whole battlefield into mud while the infantry struggled to consolidate their positions under heavy shellfire from the Siegfried Line guns. [113] 43rd Wessex continued to hold the western part of the Island. It was a day of slow but steady progress against rifle and machine gun fire from commanding positions on the ridge in front, followed by another pre-dawn attack towards Ondefontaine, while 214th Brigade began working its way towards Mont Pinçon. Their successors served on in the Territorial … Début août, la 129e puis 130e brigade prennent le Mont-Pinçon le 7 août. The leading Hampshire penetrated the village, leaving strongpoints to be mopped up later by the following Dorsets, but they were driven out by counter-attacks. Universal Carriers and DUKWs carry the men of 5th Bn, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, into battle during Operation Market Garden, 18 September 1944. On 28 June 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment made an attack from Cheux against Mouen: they had to cross open cornfields, but had support from the whole divisional artillery and heavy mortars plus two medium artillery regiments. [101][105][106][107][108], The division was blamed by many airborne soldiers for its dilatory advance to the river,[109] though the Corps commander, Lt-Gen Horrocks, defended the division, pointing out that it could not deploy any armoured vehicles (either 8th Armoured Bde or 43rd Recce Rgt's armoured cars and half-tracks) off the single road, nicknamed 'Hell's Highway', which was cut behind them on several occasions, and praising the division's hard fighting. Thomas was a decorated officer who had served as a young battery commander in the Royal Artillery on the Western Front during World War I where he was twice wounded and awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order. 5th Battalion Dorsets and 9th Royal Tank Regiment, leading 130th Brigade against the farms on the lower ground, made quick progress, 7th Somerset Light Infantry passing through with the Churchills and Crocodiles to deal with Chateau de Fontaine. 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. Throughout 3 August 43 Recce lay up under constant fire from 88 mm guns , awaiting its first chance to intervene in the campaign. By 18.30, seven Shermans were on the summit, attempting to mount an all-round defence and calling for infantry support. The 43rd (Wessex) Division adopted the golden wyvern on a blue square as its formation sign in 1935.[157]. Fin juillet, elle est envoyée dans le secteur de Caumont en vue de l'opération Bluecoat dans le bocage normand. [17] Throughout the North West Europe Campaign the 43rd (Wessex) Division, like so many other Allied divisions that fought from Normandy to Germany, had suffered very heavy casualties with the majority of them, 80% in some units, being suffered by the average Tommy in the infantry battalions. 43rd (Wessex) Division. 43 (Wessex) Signal Regiment was a Territorial Army (TA) unit of the British Army's Royal Corps of Signals from 1920. Finally, Sir Richard Onslow (formerly of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry) presented Rough Tor on Bodmin Moor to the National Trust as a memorial. [131], 25th Tank Brigade (from 1 June 1942, left 2 September 1942)[35], 34th Tank Brigade (from 3 September 1942, left 10 September 1943)[36], 214th Infantry Brigade (from 5 September 1943)[136], The TA was reconstituted from 1 January 1947 and its units and formations including 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division were reformed. The Roll of Honour is in the War Memorial Chapel in Salisbury Cathedral.[158]. 130th Infantry Brigade – 7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment – 4th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment – 5th Battalion, … It found itself in immediate combat, but had broken through by 29 March. 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. Soldiers of 4th Bn, Wiltshire Regiment, climbing the sheer face of a chalk quarry during 'toughening up' training at Leeds, Kent, 18 September 1941. [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. drawn from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Worcestershire the 43 rd. [50] Launched at 20.30 towards 'The Orchard' on the crest of the hill, and supported by a squadron of 7th Royal Tank Regiment and all available guns, including the divisional light anti-aircraft guns, the attack reached the orchard, but could get no further. A 15-minute bombardment by the guns of 94th (Dorset Yeomanry) Field Regiment, 121st (West Riding) Medium Regiment (further back in Group Two) and C Sqn, 15th/19th Hussars, together with the heavy mortars of 8th Middlesex, was followed by a smoke barrage to cover the crossing at 19.00. Thomas, - Divisional Headquarters - 43rd (Gloucestershire) Reconnaissance Regiment, RAC - 8th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment (Machine Gun) - 43rd Provost Company - 43rd Divisional Signals (Transmissions) 129th Infantry Brigade (Brig. The infantry followed the Creeping barrage of smoke and High explosive shells and forced their way into the houses and gardens, using PIATs against those German tanks that had survived the barrage. Without tanks, and the artillery having shifted to another target, 1st Worcesters struggled forward under shellfire and forced their way into the village at nightfall. Other battalions mopped up the important objective of Manvieux. It found itself in immediate combat, but had broken through by 29 March. He would command the 43rd Division until September 1945. This was mainly due to issues of morale because veteran formations such as the 7th Armoured and 51st (Highland), both of which had seen extensive service in North Africa and Italy (and fought poorly in Normandy, according to senior officers), were judged as tired and war-weary with morale being almost dangerously fragile. La division libère Nimègue au cours de l'opération Market Garden. Overnight both sides shared the village of Hoven, before counter-attacks came in at dawn from 10th SS Panzer Division and 21st Panzer Division. 5th DCLI, supported by a squadron of 4th/7th DG, was ordered to make a dash over the last 10 miles (16 km) to get in touch with the Polish Parachute Brigade at Driel on the south bank of the Nederrijn. The traffic jam of bogged vehicles disrupted the attacks by 5th Dorsets and 5th DCLI, but they got into Bauchem and Hocheide respectively, and patrols reached Geilenkirchen itself, which was surrounded. [115][116][117], The division then later played a comparatively small part in the mainly American Battle of the Bulge, where it was placed on the River Meuse as a reserve. Objective: British … Once the German Ardennes Offensive had been halted, 43rd (Wessex) Division returned to the offensive in early 1945 in Operation Blackcock to reduce the Roer Triangle, though exploitation was prevented by bad weather.[21][118][119][120]. Colonial and Dominion Armies: Infantry Divisions on 3 September 1939 at World War II Armed Forces. Inscription legible? Hill 112 has often been called the 'Verdun of Normandy'. In the first phase 129th Brigade on the right, with all three battalions in line, and 130th Brigade on the left with one battalion, were to capture the hill and the road from it to Château de Fontaine. 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division Ordre de bataille – Juin 1944 – Bataille de Normandie. 5th DCLI and B Squadron 4th/7th DG, supported by the divisional artillery and mortars, reached the top of the ridge and engaged enemy infantry and armour, while 1st Worcesters worked round the flank and took the crest. [21][54][55], After a short rest 43rd (Wessex) Division moved to XXX Corps to launch an attack towards the dominating height of Mont Pinçon as part of Operation Bluecoat. [lower-alpha 1] In peacetime, the divisional headquarters was at 19 Cathedral Close in Exeter. The Division took part in the battle on the River Odon (Operation EPSOM), 26th-29th June and, later, the battle for capture of Caen, 7th–9th July. yes … Initial casualties were heavy, particularly from mines, and the advance achieved only 1,000 yards (910 m) on the first day. G.H.L. 1/4 Hampshires 2/4 Hampshires 5 Hampshires 129 Infantry Bde 3.9.39 - 31.8.45. After driving off some counter-attacks by 15th Panzer Grenadier Division during the night, Geilenkirchen was captured after a stiff fight next day. 214th Brigade relieved the exhausted troops that morning. The division was divided into five battle groups for the first 25 miles (40 km) drive, incorporating units of 8th Armoured Brigade. It took part in the capture of Caumont, 30th July, and captured Mont Pinçon, a steep and rugged hill of vital … - 5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Regiment, Forces britanniques: 43rd Wessex Infantry Division, Le cimetière britannique de Fontenay-le-Pesnel, 9 juillet 1944: l'entrée des Alliés dans Caen, Panzergrenadier Kompanie (Wehrmacht) (nov. 1943), US Parachute Infantry Company (Juin 1944). 43rd (Wessex) Division/District Ordnance Field Park. To prepare as far as possible a complete Roll of the officer and men who were killed while serving with the division in the North West Europe campaign. [1] One of the divisions was the Wessex Division. A second Class 40 named 'Saul' was built by 15th (Kent) GHQRE. [138][lower-alpha 2] However, the TA saw large numbers of amalgamations from 1950 onwards. 130th Infantry Brigade – 7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment – … 1944 … Twitter . On formation, the TF contained 14 infantry divisions and 14 mounted yeomanry brigades. It was replaced first by 25th and later 34th Army Tank Brigade as part of an experiment with 'Mixed Divisions'. 8th Armoured Brigade was assigned to support the infantry. ADAIR … ), (2014), Watson, Graham E.; Rinaldi, Richard A. At 08.00 on 5 August, 4th Wiltshires moved out with B Squadron 13th/18th Royal Hussars, picking their way through the narrow lanes, while A Sqn took a parallel route carrying 5th Wiltshires. Operation Spring July 25, 1944. The advance up the only road ('Club Route') was slow but on 21 September 43rd (Wessex) Division caught up with the Guards at Nijmegen. Au cours de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, la 43e division était une formation d'armée territoriale de 1re ligne et a été mobilisée, tout comme le reste de l'armée territoriale, y compris la 2e division en double ligne de la division, peu après le déclenchement de la guerre en septembre 45. A Humber Armoured Car of 43rd Recce Regiment entering the water from a landing craft during wading trials at Weymouth, Dorset, 5 February 1944. [87][88][92][93][94], Next morning (27 August) a squadron each of 15th/19th Hussars' Cromwells and 4th/7th DGs' Shermans were rafted across and held off an armoured counter-attack, the infantry and 43rd Recce cleared the banks and pushed through the forest until they were firmly established on the heights. The attacks ended after one last attempt on 6 October. The 43rd(Wessex) Infantry Division was reformed in 1947 in the Territorial Army. 43 Divisional RASC Column at British Army 1945 on. Some of the assault infantry rode in the DUKW amphibious trucks that were to carry them over the river. [2], The Wessex Division was formed in Southern Command from TF units in the south-western counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It had its origins in a Volunteer Royal Field Artillery and 57th Wessex Heavy Anti - Aircraft Regiment … When 43rd (Wessex) Division next moved, the war was now 250 miles (400 km) away. 43 Recce was not fully up to strength until the end of July 1944. On July 10, the northern part of the city of Caen was finally liberated, more than a month after D-Day, while the whole city had to be under control in the evening of June 6th. Further north, 5th Dorsets beat off 116th Panzer Division and 7th Hampshires had to dislodge enemy troops who fortified themselves in some brick kilns, with the help of RAF Typhoons. Sergeant Clifford Brown of the Somerset Light Infantry quenches his thirst with other members of his platoon during the attack on Mont Pinçon, 7 August 1944. Beckett claims that Territorial Army units that were in suspended animation were formally reactivated on 1 January 1947, though no personnel were assigned until commanding officers and permanent staff had been appointed in March and April 1947. 4th Somerset Light Infantry and the reduced 5th Wiltshires fought their way forward through sweltering weather all day. [100][101][102][103][104], The whole of 23 September was taken up with getting support through to 5th DCLI and the Poles and in clearing the main road, though 43rd Recce Rgt was able to exploit westwards. 129th Infantry Brigade – 4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry – 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment – 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment . The engineers, medical units, transport, heavy battery and brigade ammunition columns also remained in the UK and joined formations composed of Regular units brought back from India and other imperial garrisons. By now 1st Airborne had been effectively destroyed, and the only course now was to evacuate the survivors. Landing craft and gunboats came alongside and picked up survivors, but the regiment lost 183 men, with another 120 evacuated wounded. The division was created in 1908, originally as the Wessex Division, as part of the Territorial Force. Objective: assault of the town of Maltot. Disbanded after the war, the division was reformed in 1920 and saw active service in the Second World War in Tunisia and Italy. This 34-day delay is proof of the stalemate in which Commonwealth forces find themselves. By nightfall the bridgehead was reasonably secure, the FBE bridge named 'David' was complete and 15th (Kent) GHQTRE's rafting troops were arriving to get a tank ferry into operation before morning. One wood captured and grimly held first by 4th Dorsets and then 5th Dorsets for seven days became known as 'Dorset Wood'. It formed part of the mobile GHQ Reserve disposed on the line from Northampton through North London to Aldershot, from which brigade groups could be despatched to any threatened area. Canadian First Army was activated on 23 July 1944, under LtGen H. D. G. CRERAR. 4th Dorsets, making a second attack, suffered heavy casualties. 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. Operation Byng. 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. BRIGADES : 128 Infantry Bde 3.9.39 - 6.6.42. Retrouvez 43rd Wessex Division at War, 1944-45 et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. It attacked up the slopes of Hill 112, described as 'one of the most tragic acts of self-sacrifice in the entire North West European Campaign'. (Horrocks also jokingly referred to Thomas's command as the 'Wicked Wyvern'). It took until the following morning to clear the mines and restart the advance with 214th Brigade and the tanks of 4th/7th Dragoon Guards. The division was again … By mid-afternoon all the anti-tank guns on the hill had been knocked out, the tanks had to retire to the reverse slope, and the defence was almost over. The 45thInfantry Division remained in the U.K. until the end of the war, becoming a reserve division in September 1944. H. Essame)- 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry- 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment- 5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Regiment Divisional Artillery (RA)- 29nd Field Regiment - 112th Field Regiment - 179th Field Regiment - 59th Antitank Regiment - 110th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Divisional Engineers (RE) - 207th Field Park Company - 204th Field Company - 260th Field Company- 553rd Field Company - 13th Bridging Platoon - Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) - Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) - Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Sources: - Le Tommy de la Libération (Jean Bouchery) - http://www.43wessexassociation.com/. Two battalions of 214th Brigade had already been drawn into the fighting around Chateau de Fontaine, leaving 5th DCLI as the last uncommitted battalion. N.D. Leslie)- 7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment- 4th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment- 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment 214th Infantry Brigade (Brig. Tweet In the Second World War the 43rd Division was a 1st Line Territorial Army formation and was mobilised, as was the rest of the Territorial Army, including the division's 2nd Line duplicate 45th Division, shortly after the outbreak of war in September 1939. [4][13], On 24 September, at the special request of the Secretary of State for War, Earl Kitchener of Khartoum the Wessex Division accepted liability for service in British India to relieve the Regular Army units there for service on the Western Front. [4][13], 43rd (Wessex) Division was reformed in 1920 and became part of the Territorial Army, which replaced the TF. [87][88][95][96][97] After the Seine crossing, 43rd (Wessex) Division was 'grounded' while the rest of XXX Corps raced across northern France and Belgium. 1st Worcesters failed to get over the broken road bridge into the village of Vernonnet, which was strongly held. 43rd (Wessex) Division/District Field Ambulance, 340 Signal Squadron, Royal Corps of Signals, in Salisbury, 4th/5th Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment, in Winchester, The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's), in Bath, 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment, in Trowbridge, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, in Truro. Further progress was blocked by strong German forces, and 1st Airborne Division holding out at Arnhem was in a desperate plight. Battle order – June 1944 – Battle of Normandy. Its leading brigade crossed the river on 25 March behind 51st (Highland) Division, which had carried the assault on the night of 23/24 March. The 56th (London) Infantry Division was an infantry division of the British Army, which served under several different titles and designations. [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. The pursuit continued through April and ended with the capture of Bremen and XXX Corps' drive into the Cuxhaven peninsula. The Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWxY) is a Reserve armoured regiment of the British Army Reserve consisting of five squadrons.Formerly part of 43 (Wessex) Brigade, the regiment joined 3rd (UK) Division in July 2014, to provide armoured (main battle tank) resilience to the three armoured regiments within the Reaction Force. In 1961 the division became a district headquarters as 43rd (Wessex) Division/District, and it was disbanded on the reduction of the TA into the Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve on 1 April 1967, when many individual TA units lost their identities. At 17.30 the brigade broke through, and 1st Worcesters riding on the tanks got beyond Cahagnes by nightfall. A partir de la mi-août, les unités de la Wessex font pression sur les troupes allemandes dans la poche de Chambois-Trun, puis franchissent la Seine à Vernon le 25 août, leur permettant par la suite de se diriger vers le nord de la France puis la Belgique. [39][40][41][42][43], The division's first action, Operation Epsom starting on 26 June, involved following 15th (Scottish) Division's advance and then securing the captured objectives. https://www.gulabin.com/armynavy/pdf/Army%20Commands%201860-.pdf, British deception formations in World War II, https://military.wikia.org/wiki/43rd_(Wessex)_Infantry_Division?oldid=5384209, 5th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment at Southampton, 6th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment at Portsmouth, 7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment at Bournemouth, 5th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry at Taunton, III Wessex Brigade, Royal Field Artillery at Swindon, Devonshire and Cornwall Company at Plymouth, South Western Brigade Company at Bridgwater, 110th (Dorset) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (, 43 (Wessex) Infantry Divisional Column at Bristol, Division/District Headquarters, in Exeter. High seas and enemy shelling prevented unloading for three days and it was decided to move to Juno Beach for disembarkation. The attack on 10 July was supported by all the divisional artillery and mortars, plus the artillery of 15th (Scottish) Division and 11th Armoured Division and 3rd and 8th Army Groups Royal Artillery (AGRAs). Once the northern sector of … [29][47][48][49], The massive barrage stunned but failed to suppress the defenders from 10th SS Panzer Division. The operation took place during the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War. 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division. The journey took only 30 minutes, but the road behind the column was cut by German tanks that had to be hunted down and destroyed before support could be brought up. 43rd Recce Rgt, with 12th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps from 8th Armoured Bde under command, protected the division's open western flank. On 6 May 1945, the attack continued in the Bulacan area. Starting at 08.00 on 30 July, the division was to force its way through enemy positions at Briquessard and advance through Cahagnes towards Ondefontaine. 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. The days that marked the Battle of Normandy. By 28 August, 7th ATRE working under shellfire had built their Class 40 bridge, codenamed 'Goliath', and 11th Armoured was beginning to pour across to spearhead XXX Corps' advance. A Lloyd carrier of 8th Bn, Middlesex Regiment, the divisional machine gun battalion, advances during operations in the Odon valley, west of Caen, 16 July 1944. 43rd (Wessex) Division was then shifted east with XXX Corps to cooperate with the US Ninth Army by capturing the Geilenkirchen salient (Operation Clipper). The Worcesters got over the broken bridge, and light rafts began to get 6-pounder anti-tank guns and armoured cars of the recce regiment across, but work on the bridge was halted by heavy fire until 5th DCLI and 7th Somerset LI from newly arrived 214th Brigade struggled across the broken road bridge into Vernonnet. [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). Après s'être distinguée au cours de la première guerre, la division adopte en 1935 comme insigne divisionnaire le dragon héraldique (Wyvern ou vouivre en français). 43rd Recce Regiment (reformed after the Derrycunihy disaster) then went through to unhinge the Ondefontaine defences. 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. Division créée peu avant la première guerre mondiale en tant qu'unité territoriale formée de soldats de la région anglaise du Wessex. Luce) - 4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry- 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment- 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment 130th Infantry Brigade (Brig. Guards Armoured Division ENGLAND 1 June 1944 ANNEX A: Task Organization to Operation OVERLORD Guards Armoured Division MajGen A.H.S. 4th Wiltshires found a bridge blown and went ahead without their tanks towards the strongly-held village of St Jean-le-Blanc, breaking up a counter-attack by calling down artillery fire. To acquire and present to the National Trust tracts of land in the West Country and to erect copies of the Hill 112 memorial. This involved guarding the western end of the Island, cooperating with the Dutch Resistance and facilitating the escape across the river of British paratroops who had evaded capture.[114]. 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