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SquireBev21 May 2020 8:34 a.m. PST

I've recently been frustrated in trying to find a decent reference for British divisional organisations and vehicle markings. It's not always easy to find this information online – discussions usually end up recommending the same handful of books that have been out of print for thirty years!

With this in mind I thought I'd try my hand at making my own, and I'm looking for feedback.

I've started with a late war armoured division as it seems the most widely-documented, so all information here should hopefully be correct.

If you spot any mistakes or anything missing, please let me know, or if you just have general feedback or comments, fire away!

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SquireBev22 May 2020 1:42 a.m. PST

Updated version based on feedback and additional sources:

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Sources seem divided on whether or not there was an HQ unit for the RAOC, whether the RAOC sign should have a vertical or a horizontal stripe, and similarly which way the RASC colours are arranged.

There are also several references to a "Mobile Bath and Laundry Unit" under the RAOC, but this doesn't seem consistent, so I've left it out.

As I understant it, REME light aid detachments were given the number of the unit to which they were attached – at least in theory. 73 in this example means it was attached to the light AA regiment.

SquireBev22 May 2020 7:35 a.m. PST

Infantry Division:

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ultimatewargamer22 May 2020 7:06 p.m. PST

Yes I have the same problems, with the British. Any chance you might do BEF France 1939/1940. Thanks Barry

SquireBev23 May 2020 12:46 a.m. PST

I can certainly try. I've got a couple of books on order, so fingers crossed!

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2020 5:24 a.m. PST

Quite a lot of work and very nicely presented. Thanks for taking the time and sharing.

SquireBev24 May 2020 10:04 a.m. PST

I've collated the useful information on the independent Armoured and Tank Brigades from the Flames of War website into a single diagram. I'm hoping to expand the diagram to include each brigade's service units, if I can track down the information.

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The Armoured and Infantry division diagrams have also been updated: imgur.com/a/LyHEQjd

SquireBev30 May 2020 2:38 a.m. PST

Updates:

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Still a few gaps to fill in Early- and Mid-war can anyone help?

Peter12309 Jun 2020 11:39 a.m. PST

These are absolutely fantastic! So helpful to have everything in one place.

I didn't know the Inf Bde in Armd Divs had an independent MG Coy in NWE. I don't have his books handy but I don't remember seeing that in Gary Kennedy's WE tables when I read them. Can I ask for a source on that point?

Many thanks for making my modelling life so much easier!

SquireBev19 Jun 2020 2:55 p.m. PST

Apologies for the delay.

I've seen conflicting sources on the MG company, but have ultimately come down on the side of it being a divisional unit, not part of the Infantry brigade.

Anyway, I've made a few other changes based on new information, and given them a more permanent home, with sources.

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