Divisional Histories

A division was the major individual formation that formed the British Army and British Indian Army during the Second World War. This section contains information about the divisional formations of the British and Indian Armies that served during the war.

Following the end of the war, several divisional histories were written by interested parties, usually a senior Army officer who served with or was involved with that division. I have listed those books that are known to me, so that any interested person can seek to obtain them through appropriate sources.

I intent to write (over a period of time) concise histories of those divisions, particularly the Indian Army divisions, for which no published history currently exists. Some are complete in respect of a first draft, with others in various stages of preparation. There are links to some documents on this website.

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British Divisions

During the Second World War, no less than eleven armoured divisions were formed within the British Army. However, these formations were not all in existence at the same time and some did not see operational service. These divisions were: Guards Armoured Division (1943 - 1945) (U.K. - N.W. Europe) ROSSE, ...view details


African Divisional Histories

There were five African divisional formations during the Second World War. The 11 (African) Division and 12 (African) Division were both formed of East and West African units in 1940 and took part in the Abyssinia campaign in 1941. Both were disbanded after that campaign. In 1943, an East African ...view details


Indian Divisional Histories

There were twenty infantry formations in existence during the Second World War, although not all existed at the same time. These were: 2 Indian Infantry Division (India and later Persia & Iraq (Static Formation)) 4 Indian Infantry Division (Egypt - Eritrea - Egypt & Libya - Tunisia - Italy - ...view details