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Divisional Histories:

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, Captain The Earl of, The Story of the Guards Armoured Division 1941 – 1945 (London Geoffrey Bles, 1956)
SANDERS John, British Guards Armoured Division 1941-45 (London, Osprey Publishing Ltd., 1979) [ISBN 0 85045 313 5]

1 Armoured Division (1939 – 1944) (U.K. – France – U.K. – Egypt/Libya – Tunisia – Italy)

2 Armoured Division (1940 – 1941) (U.K. – Libya)

6 Armoured Division (1940 – 1945) (U.K. – Tunisia – Italy)
FORD, Ken, Mailed Fist 6 Armoured Division at War 1940 – 1945 (Stroud, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2005) [ISBN 0-7509-3515-4]

7 Armoured Division (1939 – 1945) (Egypt – Libya – Tunisia -Italy – U.K. – N.W. Europe)
SANDERS John, British 7 Armoured Division 1940-45 (London, Osprey Publishing Ltd., 1977) [ISBN 0 85045 281 3]
FORTY George, Spearhead 7 Armoured Division – The ‘Desert Rats’ (Hersham, Ian Allan Ltd., 2003) [ISBN 0 7110 2988 1]
VERNEY Major General G. L., The Desert Rats – The History of the 7 Armoured Division 1938 to 1945 (London, Hutchinson, 1954)

8 Armoured Division (1941 – 1943) (U.K. – Egypt)

9 Armoured Division (1941 – 1945) (U.K.)

10 Armoured Division (1941 – 1944) (Palestine – Egypt – Syria)

11 Armoured Division (1942 – 1945) (U.K. – N.W. Europe)
DELAFORCE Patrick, The Black Bull – From Normandy to the Baltic with the 11 Armoured Division (Stroud, Sutton Publishing Ltd., 1993)
U/K Taurus Pursuant A History of the 11 Armoured Division (u/k, The 11 Armoured Division, 1945)

42 Armoured Division (U.K.)

79 Armoured Division (1943 – 1945) (U.K. – N.W. Europe)
FLETCHER, David, Vanguard Victory – The 79 Armoured Division (London H.M.S.O. 1984) [ISBN 0 11 290422 X]

There were several infantry divisions of the British Army that saw service during the Second World War, see:
» British Military History: divisions infantry

The published sources on British infantry divisions known to BMH are shown below:

DELAFORCE, Patrick, Monty’s Iron Sides – From the Normandy Beaches to Bremen with the 3 Division (London, Chancellor Press 1999 – Reprinted 2001) [ISBN 0 75370 263 0]
SCARFE, Norman, Assault Division – A History of the 3 Division from the Invasion of Normandy to the Surrender of Germany (London, Collins 1947 – Reprinted Spellmount Ltd, 2004) [ISBN 1-86227-256-5]
WILLIAMSON
, Hugh, The Fourth Division 1939 to 1945, (London, Newman Neame, 1951)
ARIS, George – Edited by: Lieut-Colonel C. S. DURTNELL, O.B.E. The Fifth British Division 1939 to 1945 (u/k, The Fifth Division Benevolent Fund, 1959).
DELAFORCE, Patrick, Monty’s Northern Legions – 50 Northumbrian and 15 Scottish Divisions at War 1939-1945 (Stroud, Sutton Publishing, 2004) [ISBN 0-7509-3556-1]
ESSAME, Major General H., The 43 Wessex Division at War 1944-1945 (London, William CLOWES and Sons Limited, 1952)
DELAFORCE, Patrick, The Fighting Wessex Wyverns – From Normandy to Bremerhaven with the 43 Wessex Division (Stroud, Alan SUTTON Publishing Ltd, 1994) [ISBN 0-7509-0773-8]
DELAFORCE, Patrick, The Polar Bears from Normandy to the Relief of Holland with the 49 Division (Stroud, Alan SUTTON Publishing Ltd, 1995) [ISBN 0 75370 265 7]
BAKER, Major A. H. R. and RUST Major B. A Short History of the 50 Northumbrian Division (Berwick upon Tweed, The Tweeddale Press Ltd., 1966)
LINKLATER, Eric The Highland Division (The Army at War series) (London, H.M.S.O., 1942)
DELAFORCE, Patrick Monty’s Highlanders (Brighton, Tom DONOVAN Publishing Ltd, 1997) [ISBN 0-75370-352-1]
BARCLAY, Brigadier C. N. The History of the 53 (Welsh) Division in the Second World War (London, William CLOWES and Sons Limited, 1956)
KNIGHT, Peter (1954) The 59 Division – its War Story (Published by: Midlands Historical Data in CD-Format, 2005) [ISBN 184526090-2]
FORD, Ken Battleaxe Division – From Africa to Italy with the 78 Division 1942-45 (Stroud, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2003) [ISBN 0 7509 3199 X]
BECKMAN, Morris The Jewish Brigade – An Army with Two Masters 1944-45 (Stroud, Spellmount, 2009) [ISBN 978-1-86227-423-5]

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