BEF May/June 1940

May/June 1940

British Expeditionary Force

 
 

Saar Front

3 Corps

3 Corps

Early style Tac Signs have been placed alongside AoS where they have been positively identified as being used by that unit. See the Early Tac Signs page for an explanation of this system.

HQ Corps Artillery corps 1  
HQ Corps Medium Artillery corps 7  
97 Army Field Regiment corps 9 97 Field Regt early tac sign
5 Royal Horse Artillery corps 10 5 RHA early tac sign
51 Medium Regiment corps 12
56 Medium Regiment corps 13
3 Survey Regiment corps 16
54 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
(less one battery)
corps aa20

42 (East Lancashire) Infantry Division

42 Infantry Division
HQ RA div1
52 Field Regiment div3
53 Field Regiment div4
56 Anti-Tank Regiment div6

44 (Home Counties) Infantry Division

44 Infantry Division
HQ RA div1
57 Field Regiment div3
58 Field Regiment div4
65 Field Regiment div5
57 Anti-Tank Regiment div6

Calais Garrison

 

229 Battery, 58 Anti-Tank Regiment
(from UK with 30 Infantry Brigade)
div6
172 Battery, 58 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment aa102
6 Battery, 2 Anti-Aircraft Regiment (7 x 3.7 inch guns) aa lc 13
A battery of 1 Searchlight Regiment aa 38
A battery of 2 Searchlight Regiment aa 49

 

 

Other Units

Arriving in France after the 10 May

 

1 Armoured Division

 

1 armoured division

 

101 Light Anti-Aircraft/Anti-Tank Regiment div12

 

30 Infantry Brigade

 

To defence of Calais

 

20 Guards Brigade Group

 

To defence of Boulogne

 

Second Expeditionary Force

 

Sent to France in the second week of June and evacuated by late June

 

52 (Lowland) Infantry Division

 

52 Infantry Division

 

HQ RA div1
70 Field Regiment div3
71 Field Regiment div4
78 Field Regiment div5
54 Anti-Tank Regiment div6

 

1 Canadian Infantry Brigade

 

1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery div42

 

 

 

 

Boulogne

275 Battery, 69 Anti-Tank Regiment (less 1 troop)
(from UK with 20 Guards Brigade)
div6
173 & 174 Batteries, 58 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (8 x machine guns) aa102
2 Anti-Aircraft Regiment (8 x 3.7 inch guns) aa lc 13
A battery of 2 Searchlight Regiment aa 49

 

 

Advanced Air Striking Force

12 Anti-Aircraft Brigade

 

HQ 12 Anti-Aircraft Brigade aa 43
53 Anti-Aircraft Regiment aa 44
73 Anti-Aircraft Regiment aa 45
162 Battery, 54 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment aa 32
7 Battery, 2 Searchlight Regiment aa 49
5 Battery, 2 Anti-Aircraft Regiment aa lc 13

 

 

51 (Highland) Infantry Division

51 Infantry Division early

 

HQ RA div1
75 Field Regiment div3
23 Field Regiment div4
17 Field Regiment div5
51 Anti-Tank Regiment div6

 

Attached to the division to form Saar Force

 

1 RHA (less 1 battery) army 24
97 Field Regiment (1 battery only) corps 9
51 Medium Regiment corps 12
The Royal Artillery 1939-45