British 3rd Division
D-Day order of battle
Battle casualties: 6th June 1944 to 30th April 1945
Source: Major L.F. Ellis, et. al., Victory in the West, Volume I, The Battle of Normandy (History of the Second World War, United Kingdom Military Series, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1962).
BRITISH 3RD DIVISION
|1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment||2nd Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment||2nd Battalion The Royal Warwickshire Regiment|
|2nd Battalion The East Yorkshire Regiment||1st Battalion The King’s Own Scottish Borders||1st Battalion The Royal Norfolk Regiment|
|1st Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment||2nd Battalion The Royal Ulster Rifles||2nd Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry Regiment|
|3rd Reconnaissance Regiment R.A.C||3rd Divisional Engineers||3rd Divisional Signals|
|7th, 33rd and 76th Field, 20th Anti-Tank, and 92nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiments R.A.|
|2nd Battalion The Middlesex Regiment (Machine Gun)|
SUMMARY OF BATTLE CASUALTIES TO THE DIVISION
|MONTH||KILLED||WOUNDED||MISSING||TOTAL||WOUNDED AND RETURNED||TOTAL LOST TO DIVISION|
When the number of Non-Battle Casualties to the Division is added, the total number of men lost to the Division over the period stands at 16,241. The great majority of Battle Casualties are suffered by the 4,500 men of the Rifle Companies.
27TH (INDEPENDENT) ARMOURED BRIGADE
13/18th Royal Hussars
1st East Riding Yeomanry
The Staffordshire Yeomanry
NOTES ON BRITISH ARMY ORGANIZATION
INFANTRY: RIFLE BATTALIONS
Four rifle companies: each three platoons of three sections. The section contained 10 men with one light machine gun; the platoon one officer and 36 men with one 2-in. mortar, and the company five officers and 122 men with three PIATs at company headquarters.
Support company: four platoons; mortar (six 3-in mortars), carrier (13 Bren carriers) anti-tank (six 6-pdr guns) and assault pioneer.
Battalion transport included 38 carriers of all kinds and 55 cars, trucks and lorries.
Strength: 35 Officers and 786 Other Ranks.
Armoured and Armoured Reconnaissance Regiments and Tank Battalions (except in some minor details) all were organised alike and capable of performing the same role.
Headquarters: four cruiser or infantry tanks.
Headquarter squadron: four troops; anti-aircraft (four tanks fitted with 20-mm guns), reconnaissance (n light tanks), intercommunication eight scout cars) and administrative.
Three tank squadrons: each a headquarters of four, and five troops of three tanks, total 19. This was the organisation with standard tanks but as units began to receive the scarce 17-pdr Sherman shortly before or after D-day, their squadrons were re-organised into four troops of four tanks, one of which had the new 17-pdr.
Total tanks: cruiser (Shermans and Cromwells) or infantry (Churchills) 61; light (Stuarts) 11.
Strength: 36 Officers and 630 Other Ranks.
ARTILLERY (headquarters omitted)
Three batteries: each two troops of four 25-pdr guns, total 24 guns per regiment; tractor-towed or self-propelled. Ammunition carried in first line: HE 144, smoke 16, armour-piercing 12 rounds per gun.
Two batteries: each two troops of four 5.5-in guns, total 16 guns per regiment; tractor-towed. Ammunition carried in first line: HE 100 rounds per gun.
Two batteries of four 7-2-in howitzers and two batteries of four U.S. 155-mm guns, total 16 howitzers and guns per regiment.