British Units in World War II

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BRITISH EIGHTH ARMY: NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN

"Alamein to Zem Zem" excerpt From the war memoir by poet Keith Douglas. 

ALLIED VICTORY ON D-DAY

"Cross-Channel Attack"

STAFFORDSHIRE YEOMANRY: NORTH AFRICA TO THE END

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D-Day War Diary The tank battalion whose tactics defeated a Panzer attack.

Intelligence map of Lebisey area: July 1944 Large file with interesting detail.

Regimental history: North Africa from El Alamein to the end of the campaign. / Regimental history: Normandy from 6 June to 29 July 1944. / Illustrated map from the regimental commemorating World War II battle honors

Les Davis interview

Lionel Knight interview

Barclay Meredith

BRITISH THIRD DIVISION IN NORMANDY

The division story from Assault Division by Norman Scarfe / D-Day assault from Assault Division by Norman Scarfe

Order of battle on D-Day

"Welcome to Normandy", 21 August 1944

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The landings on Sword from the British official history, Victory in the West.

"Cross-Channel Attack" excerpt From the U.S. Army in WWII series. See bookmark, GERMAN RESPONSE, regarding British forces.

Sword beach D-Day assault units

Sword of Fire The 185th Brigade's D-Day story in a brief narrative from War Chronicle.

2nd East Yorks on D-Day.

223 FIELD AMBULANCE, RAMC

Jim Wisewell letter / Wisewell interview / picture file.

BRITISH 6TH AIRBORNE

"Airborne Assault on D-Day" by Lt. Col. T.B.H. Otway D.S.O.

Normandy picture file

KING'S SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY, 185TH BRIGADE

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D-Day War Diary The infantry battalion that marched alone to Caen—and faced the German counterattack on D-Day.

Regimental history 6 June 1944

Commanding Officer, Col. Jack Maurice obituary Newspaper obituary from 1944. Maurice was killed in Normandy before the final battle for Caen.

"W" Company, 2KSLI, in Normandy by Major R.R. Rylands:D-Day to the capture of Caen.

Personal Account of 6 June to 9 July 1944 by Harry Jones, platoon leader. Includes Jones' obituary from 1994.

John Roberts interview

Norman Millward and Howard Duddell interview

George Bunting interview

Robert Littlar interview

BRITISH 50TH DIVISION IN NORMANDY

"Victory in the West" excerpt The Normandy landing of the British 50th Division, from the official history.

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D-Day order of battle

2nd Devons on D-Day.

5th East Yorks on D-Day.

Hugh Victor Duke, company commander, 2nd Devons, killed on D-Day

"We Landed on D-Day" Lt. Col Nevill, 2nd Devons CO