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Stalkey and Co05 Dec 2019 6:54 a.m. PST

Where the Scots a motor infantry battalion, or a regular rifle battalion during the crusader operation? My copy of "Benghazi Handicap" by Frank Chadwick [great resource, btw] lists the 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards as a motor battalion for 4th Armoured Brigade Group.

It furthermore has 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards as a motor battalion and along with 9th Bn the Rifle Brigade being a XXX Corps asset for Crusader.

It appears that the motor infantry of the 7th Support Group, i.e. "jock column" was from the Rifle Brigade and the KRRC?

Info, links, etc, appreciated. Would be especially pleased to get the 2nd Bn Scots Guards war diary on line. I've heard that much of the war diaries have been put on line but haven't had much luck finding them.


kustenjaeger05 Dec 2019 8:46 a.m. PST

Try link for 2nd Bn Scots Guards in 1941.

On 30 June 1941 2 Scots Guards and 3 Coldstream Guards were warmed of their conversion to motor battalions. It looks as if this was in place by September as there are references to each company's carrier platoons. Also complaints (later) of many of the battalion vehicles being worn out 1936 Morris trucks (presumably 15cwt?).



Rich Bliss05 Dec 2019 8:56 a.m. PST

Frank is (as usual) correct. They were a motor battalion for Crusader

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