3 Anti-Aircraft Division

 

The Division was formed at Edinburgh on 1 September 1938 within Scottish Command, transferring to Anti-Aircraft Command when that formation was created on 1 April 1939. It was responsible for the Anti-Aircraft defences of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Orkney and Shetland Defences (OSDEF).

 

In August 1942 the Divisional HQ moved south to join 1 Anti-Aircraft Corps and was given control of the 6, 27 (Home Counties) and 47 Anti-Aircraft Brigades. At the end of September 1942, all the Anti-Aircraft Divisional HQs were disbanded and 3 Division merged with 12 Anti-Aircraft Division in the newly formed 6 Anti-Aircraft Group

 

Order of Battle 1938-39

 

3 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – formed 7 December 1938 at Belfast
3 (Ulster) Searchlight Regiment – formed 1939
8 (Belfast) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed 1939
9 (Londonderry) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed 1939
102 Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed at Antrim 10 Sep 39

 

36 (Scottish) Anti-Aircraft Brigade – formed 1 May 1938 at Edinburgh, responsible for the city of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth
71 (Forth) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed 1938 at Dunfermline
94 Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Apr 39 at Turnhouse
101 Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Aug 39 at Inverness

 

42 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – formed 1 October 1938 at Glasgow, responsible for the city of Glasgow and the Firth of Clyde
74 (City of Glasgow) Anti-Aircraft Regiment
83 (Blythswood) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – converted 1938 from the 7th (Blythswood) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
100 Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed at Motherwell

 

51 Light Anti-Aircraft Brigade – formed 25 August 1939 at Edinburgh, originally to command the Light Anti-Aircraft units of the 3 Anti-Aircraft Division, but later assumed responsibility for north east Scotland
14 (West Lothian Royal Scots) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – converted Aug 38 from part of the 4th/5th Battalion Royal Scots at Linlithgow
18 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Dec 38 at Glasgow
19 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Jan 39 at Edinburgh
31 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Aug 39 at Perth
32 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Aug 39 at Falkirk

 

52 Light Anti-Aircraft Brigade – formed August 1939 at Stirling with responsibility for searchlight provision across the 3 Anti-Aircraft Division’s sectors
51 (Highland) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers – formed in 1938 at Aberdeen
4th/5th Battalion, Royal Scots (52 Searchlight Regiment) – converted 1938 from part of the 4th/5th Battalion in central Edinburgh
5th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (56 Searchlight Regiment) – converted 1938 from 5/8th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) at Glasgow
8th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (57 Searchlight Regiment) – formed 1 November 1938 by duplication of the above, based in south Glasgow

 

Order of Battle 1940-41

 

36 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – Edinburgh & Forth
71 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left Oct 41
114 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Nov 40
31 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
32 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment

 

51 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – North East Scotland
108 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Aug 40
40 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Sep 39
67 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment– formed Dec 40

 

52 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – Searchlights
51 Searchlight Regiment
52 Searchlight Regiment
56 Searchlight Regiment

 

Order of Battle 1942

 

36 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
114 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – to 51 Anti-Aircraft Brigade May 42
129 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Aug 41
19 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined 1941; left Feb 42
20 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined 1942; left Jun 42
72 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined Aug 41; left Apr 42
95 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from the 51 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
135 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Feb 42; to 52 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
46 (Lincolnshire Regiment) Searchlight Regiment – joined Spring 42

 

51 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
65 (Manchester Regiment) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined and left Dec 41
100 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined Jun 42
101 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined Jun 41; left Jun 42
108 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left Jun 41
114 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 36 Anti-Aircraft Brigade May 42
40 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – transferred to 51st (Highland) Division May 42
67 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – to 52 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
95 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Nov 41; to 36 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
131 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined Jun 42

 

52nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade
147 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed Feb 42
67 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 51 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Spring 42; left Jun 42
135 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 36 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Spring 42
51 Searchlight Regiment – left and became the 124 (Highland) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Feb 42
52 Searchlight Regiment – became the 130 (Queen’s Edinburgh, Royal Scots) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Mar 42 and remained with brigade
56 Searchlight Regiment – left and became the 125 (Cameronians) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment in Feb 42

 

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45