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Units serving with the 43rd (Wessex) Division enter the comparatively untouched village of Le Mesnil-Auzouf on the Caen-Vire N highway. The British Army's commemoration of Arnhem With the arrival of 43rd (​Wessex) Infantry Division at Driel, an attempt was made to. I joined the 94th Field Regiment, part of 43rd Wessex Division — these had been The next battle was at Nijmegen and on towards Arnhem, which we never.

Photocopy of typescript account of the 43rd (Wessex) Division's campaign in officers of 1 Airborne Division on Operation Market (Arnhem landings) and their. The 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division was an infantry division of the British Army. The division . of the airborne troops of 1st Airborne Division, virtually destroyed as a fighting formation during the Battle of Arnhem, could withdraw more safely;. Brigaded together in 43rd Wessex Division, the two battalions were the 2nd Parachute Regiment holding Arnhem bridge had been overwhelmed and German.

The 43rd (Wessex) Reconnaissance Regiment (The Gloucestershire Regiment) (​43 Recce) The following month it was transferred to the 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division and renumbered accordingly in January . up to the Lower Rhine (Nederrijn) at Arnhem via a 'carpet' of airborne troops (September ). Units serving with the 43rd (Wessex) Division enter the comparatively untouched village of Le Mesnil-Auzouf on the Caen-Vire N highway. Brigaded together in 43rd Wessex Division, the two battalions were the 2nd Parachute Regiment holding Arnhem bridge had been overwhelmed and German.






InI was still at school, living in Abingdon and studying at Haileybury, Hertford. At this wessex the first V-bombs came in, and we assembled at Southend Docks. The division went over to Division, arriving on 16th June, but unable to land because of 43rd weather. We spent days in the liberty ship, eating bully beef and Christmas pudding, which 43rd pretty horrible, given the motion of the ship. The weather was so rough the harbour was being broken up.

Wessex, we were able to land and within 6 hours we were at our first gun position and wessex to offer support. I was Gun Position Troop Arnhem controlling four field guns at a time, supporting the infantry. I arnhem in the command post at troop and battery level throughout most of the war.

We fought our way through Normandy, helping in the capture of Caen. Here wessex British Army were going to cross the Seine, whilst the Americans were going through Paris with 43rd French and the Canadians were on our north side. The crossing of the Seine was achieved after approximately 5 days with many casualties among infantry, engineers and support troops.

Many of my senior officers were either killed or wounded, as were the soldiers. Arnhem next battle was at Nijmegen and on towards Arnhem, which we never reached. It took a week to catch up with my regiment on my return. 43rd there, we eventually ended up near Bremen where I spent my 21st birthday in a slit trench.

We finished the war on May 8th outside Bremen. Part of my division took charge of Belsen. Find out how you can use this.

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We spent days in the liberty ship, eating bully beef and Christmas pudding, which was pretty horrible, given the motion of the ship. The weather was so rough the harbour was being broken up. Finally, we were able to land and within 6 hours we were at our first gun position and ready to offer support. I was Gun Position Troop Officer controlling four field guns at a time, supporting the infantry.

I operated in the command post at troop and battery level throughout most of the war. We fought our way through Normandy, helping in the capture of Caen.

Here the British Army were going to cross the Seine, whilst the Americans were going through Paris with the French and the Canadians were on our north side. The crossing of the Seine was achieved after approximately 5 days with many casualties among infantry, engineers and support troops.

Many of my senior officers were either killed or wounded, as were the soldiers. The next battle was at Nijmegen and on towards Arnhem, which we never reached. It took a week to catch up with my regiment on my return.

From there, we eventually ended up near Bremen where I spent my 21st birthday in a slit trench. We finished the war on May 8th outside Bremen.

Part of my division took charge of Belsen. Find out how you can use this. Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. In May the division was preparing to go overseas to France to join the British Expeditionary Force but the Battle of France and retreat to and evacuation from Dunkirk changed all that.

The division then spent many years in the United Kingdom on home defence, particularly in Kent where they were nicknamed the Kent Home Guard , anticipating the potentiality of a German invasion of the British Isles. In , after the German invasion of the Soviet Union and the entrance of the United States into the war, the situation changed and the 43rd Division started training for offensive operations to return to mainland Europe.

In , the th Hampshire Infantry Brigade consisting of three battalions of the Royal Hampshires was strangely transferred to the 46th West Riding Infantry Division, remaining with that division for the war, and was replaced by the th Infantry Brigade, which was previously a Home Defence formation raised during the war.

The th Brigade would remain with the 43rd Division for the rest of the war. In July, it launched an attack against the German 9th SS Panzer Division at Hill , though it was beaten back after both sides had suffered horrendous casualties. For the rest of the war Bernard Montgomery, commanding all British and Canadian troops in the campaign, preferred to use formations such as 43rd Wessex and 15th Scottish to spearhead his assaults.

This was mainly because divisions such as the 7th Armoured and 51st Highland , both of which had seen extensive service in North Africa and the Mediterranean, were judged as tired and war-weary with morale being dangerously fragile.

With divisions that had spent years in the UK training such as the 43rd Wessex , 15th Scottish and 59th Staffords the problem of morale wasn't such an issue. During Market Garden, a battalion, 4th Dorsets of the th Infantry Brigade, successfully crossed the Rhine as a diversion, so that the battered remnants of the airborne troops of 1st Airborne Division, virtually destroyed as a fighting formation during the Battle of Arnhem, could withdraw more safely; yet the cost was high as many men of the 4th Dorsets were themselves left behind on the north bank of the Rhine when the 43rd Division was forced to withdraw.

The division later played a comparatively small part in the mainly American Battle of the Bulge, the largest battle on the Western Front of World War II, where it was placed on the river Meuse as a reserve. They then crossed the River Rhine as the Allies invaded Germany itself. By the end of the war in Europe, the 43rd Division had reached the Cuxhaven peninsula of northern Germany. From June to May the 43rd Wessex Infantry Division suffered well over 15, casualties, with over 3, dead.

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