Artillery Units and Gun Numbers in UK 1 Armoured Division, 8 April 1942

Not directly relevant to CRUSADER, but I pulled the 1 Armoured Division Royal Artillery branch war diary (WO169/4056) at Kew, and found it only starts from April 1942. So this info is more for the folks who are interested in the Gazala position during the static period of 6 February to 26 May 1942.

Unit/Type of Gun 25-pdr 2-pdr Bofors (40mm AA) Miscellaneous
200 Gds. Bde.        
2 R.H.A. 16      
144 Fd Rgt  16 12    
76 A/Tk Rgt (237 Bty)   12    
274 Lt.A/A Bty.     10  
Post. Guns       6 (47mm) (1)
2 Armd. Bde.        
11 R.H.A. 24      
76 A/Tk Rgt. (239 Bty)   12    
76 A/Tk (1 Tp “C” Bty)   4    
82 Lt. A/A Bty     6  
Royals (2)        
76 A/Tk (1 Tp “C” Bty)   4    
Adv. Div.        
82 Lt. A/A/ Bty     3  
76 A/Tk (1 Tp “C” Bty)   4    
Rear Div.        
82 Lt. A/A/ Bty     3  
Free French Gp.        
197 Lt.A/A Bty     3  
Total 56 48 34 6 (47mm)

Free French Force

1st Regiment 24 75mm (3)
Post. Guns 7 50mm (4)
  6 47mm


102 A/Tk Rgt’s 288 Bty is struck through in the table, with its 12 2-pdr guns, and it appears these have been added to 144 Fd Rgt.

  1. Captured Italian guns
  2. Armoured Car Regiment
  3. Schneider Mle.1897 field guns
  4. Could be captured German Pak 38?


A/A – anti-air

A/Tk – anti-tank

Bde – Brigade

Bty – Battery

Fd. Rgt. – Field Regiment

Lt. – Light

Post. – Positional (?) i.e. dug in or installed in fortifications

R.H.A. – Royal Horse Artillery

The Cost of War

Every so often it is good to be reminded of the human cost of the events that this blog is talking about. I came across this picture, which shows the German war cemetery at Fort Capuzzo (thanks to Trapperjoe of the Deutsches Afrika-Korps Forum) in a British war diary. Fort Capuzzo had of course seen very heavy fighting throughout 1941. It must have been snapped while driving past on the way to or from the frontline, either in December 41, or in February 42. It is rare to find pictures by British soldiers, since as I understand it, the use of cameras was not allowed, unlike in the German army.