9th Armoured Division (United Kingdom)

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9th Armoured Division
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Formation sign of the 9th Armoured Division[1]
Active 1 December 1940–31 July 1944[2]
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Type Armoured division
Size 14,964 men[3]
227 tanks[nb 1][nb 2]
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Major-General Brian Horrocks

The 9th Armoured Division was an armoured division of the British Army raised during the Second World War. The 9th Armoured was created on 1 December 1940 and dispersed and disbanded on 31 July 1944. The division never saw active service during the war. This formation's only use during the war was either as a training formation or when it was used to experiment with specialised armour.

General Officer Commanding

The 9th Armoured Division had three men who held the position of General Officer Commanding during the Second World War.

Appointed General Officer Commanding
4 December 1940 Major-General Brocas Burrows[2]
20 March 1942 Major-General Brian Horrocks[2]
12 August 1942 Major-General John D'Arcy[nb 3]

Component Units

[5]

27th Armoured Brigade (transferred from division on 10 August 1942)

28th Armoured Brigade

9th Support Group (disbanded 12 June 1942)

7th Infantry Brigade (transferred to division on 5 June 1942)

Divisional Troops

  • 1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars - (16 January 1943 - 10 July 1943)
  • 6th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery - (12 June 1942 - 10 July 1944)
  • 141st (Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery - (12 June 1942 - 10 July 1944)
  • 74th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery - (12 June 1942 - 6 November 1943)
  • 92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery - (12 November 1943 - 10 July 1944)
  • 54th (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery - (12 June 1942 - 2 March 1944)
  • 150th (Loyals) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery - (2 March 1944 - 10 July 1944)

See also

Notes

Footnotes
  1. 201 tanks and 26 anti-aircraft tanks.[4]
  2. These two figures are the war establishment, the on-paper strength, of the division; for information on how divisions size changed over the war please see British Army during the Second World War and British Armoured formations of the Second World War.
  3. D'Arcy was appointed as the acting General Officer Commanding on 12 August 1942 at the rank of Brigadier, he took official command of the division on 8 September 1942 with the rank of Major-General.[2]
Citations
  1. Cole p34
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Joslen, p. 23
  3. Joslen, p. 129
  4. Joslen, p. 6
  5. Ordersofbattle.com 9th Armoured Division subordinates

References

  • Joslen, Lieutenant-Colonel H.F (1960) [1960]. Orders Of Battle Second World War 1939-1945. Naval & Military Press Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84342-474-1. 
  • Cole H (1973) Formation Badges of World War 2. Britain, Commonwealth and Empire Arms and Armour Press SBN 85368 078 7

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