5 Anti-Aircraft Division

5 AA Div

 

Raised on 1 September 1938 at Reading, Berkshire, to command all the Territorial Army Anti-Aircraft units in the South, South West and South Midlands of England and South Wales.

 

When Anti-Aircraft Command was re-organised in October 1942, the division was amalgamated into 3 Anti-Aircraft Group.

 

HQ Reading, Berkshire

 

Order of Battle 1939

 

35 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
56 (Cornwall) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – unit converted from medium artillery in 1932
57 (Wessex) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – unit converted from field artillery in 1932
72 (Hampshire) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – unit converted from field artillery (originally Yeomanry cavalry) in 1938
48 (Hampshire) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers – Searchlight unit converted from fortress engineers in 1937

 

45 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – Transfer not complete until 1 May 1940
77 (Welsh) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – unit converted from field artillery in 1938
6 (Glamorgan) Battalion, Welch Regiment (67 Searchlight Regiment) – infantry battalion converted to searchlight in 1938
1st (Rifle) Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment (68 Searchlight Regiment) – infantry battalion converted in 1938
No 2 (Anti-Aircraft Searchlight) Company, Carmarthenshire Fortress Royal Engineers

 

46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
76 (Gloucestershire) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – unit converted from field artillery in 1938
98 Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed in 1939
4th (City of Bristol) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment (66 Searchlight Regiment) – infantry battalion converted in 1938

 

47 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
80 (Berkshire) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – unit converted from field artillery in 1938
30 (Surrey) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers – searchlight battalion formed in 1924
35 (First Surrey Rifles) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers – infantry battalion converted in 1935
4th Battalion Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) (63 Searchlight Regiment) – infantry battalion converted in 1938
72 (Middlesex) Searchlight Regiment – new unit formed in 1938

 

55 Light Anti-Aircraft Brigade
23 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed in 1938
24 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed in 1938
34 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed in 1939
35 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed in 1939
36 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed in 1939

 

Order of Battle 1940

 

27 (Home Counties) Anti-Aircraft Brigade – at Portsmouth – from the 6 Anti-Aircraft Division
31 (City of London Rifles) Searchlight Regiment
70 (Sussex) Searchlight Regiment

 

35 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – at Portsmouth
72 (Hampshire) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
80 (Berkshire) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
118 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Dec 40
48 (Hampshire) Searchlight Regiment

 

45 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – Nov 40 to 9 Anti-Aircraft Division
77 (Welsh) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
79 (Herts Yeomanry) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
85 (Tees) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
88 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
20 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment 
34 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment 
67 (Welch) Searchlight Regiment
77 Searchlight Regiment

 

 

47 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – at Southampton
27 (London Electrical Engineers) Searchlight Regiment
30 (Surrey) Searchlight Regiment
63 (Queen’s) Searchlight Regiment

 

65 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – at Southampton – new formation
57 (Wessex) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
24 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
43 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Nov 39
58 (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from British Expeditionary Force

 

Divisional unit
5 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment – formed in Sep 40

 

Order of Battle 1941-42

 

5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – joined from the 9 Anti-Aircraft Division June 1942
64 (Northumbrian) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 72 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Aug 42
97 (London Scottish) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 35 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42; left Anti-Aircraft Command Aug 42, later went to Sicily and Italy
106 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 2 Anti-Aircraft Division Jul 42
128 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from the 10 Anti-Aircraft Division Jun; to 2 Anti-Aircraft Division Jul 42
143 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – to 11 Anti-Aircraft Division Jun 42
148 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 35 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
46 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 65 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
97 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 65 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
84 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 12 Anti-Aircraft Division Aug 42
112 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
37 Searchlight Regiment – to 11 Anti-Aircraft Division Jun 42

 

27 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
107 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 4 Anti-Aircraft Division Jun 41; to 35 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
146 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 7 Anti-Aircraft Division Aug 42
124 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 35 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Autumn 41
68 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 7 Anti-Aircraft Division Aug 42
98 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 72 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Aug 42
132 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – formed from 85 Searchlight Regiment Mar 42; to 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Jun 42
1 Searchlight Regiment – joined from 9 Anti-Aircraft Division Jan 42
31 Searchlight Regiment
34 Searchlight Regiment
35 Searchlight Regiment – returned summer 41; to 47 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Dec 41

 

35 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
54 (City of London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 1 Anti-Aircraft Division Autumn 41; returned to 1 Anti-Aircraft Division Feb 42
57 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for 1 Anti-Aircraft Division Autumn 41
72 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Dec 41
80 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left Anti-Aircraft Command Jul 41; later went to North Africa
97 (London Scottish) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 1 Anti-Aircraft Division Mar 42; to 5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
101 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Jul 42; left for 1 Anti-Aircraft Division Aug 42
104 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 8 Anti-Aircraft Division Dec 41, left for 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Apr 42
107 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 27 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
124 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Mar 41 to 27 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Autumn 41
148 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Feb 42 to 5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42
151 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 4 Anti-Aircraft Division Jul 42
157 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed May 42
160 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Jun 42
48 Searchlight Regiment – from 47 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Aug 42
5 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment

 

47 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
35 Searchlight Regiment – from 27 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Dec 41
48 Searchlight Regiment – to 35 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Aug 42
63 Searchlight Regiment (Queens) – left for 1 Anti-Aircraft Division Autumn 41
70 Searchlight Regiment

 

65 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – left for the 10 Anti-Aircraft Division May 1942
23 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left Anti-Aircraft Command Dec 41, later went to Ceylon
24 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for 8 Anti-Aircraft Division Summer 41
35 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – returned from 55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Summer 41, left for Far East Dec 41 and captured on Java
43 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Jun 41
46 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from 55 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Summer 41
60 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 12 Anti-Aircraft Division Autumn 41
80 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Aug 41; left for 9 Anti-Aircraft Division Dec 41
81 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Mar 42
97 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit formed Nov 41; to 5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Jun 42

 

72 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – new formation, joined June 1942
64 (Northumbrian) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined Jun 42 ; to 5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
Aug 42
157 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined Jun 42
19 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined Jun 42
110 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined Aug 42
123 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined Aug 42
50 (Northamptonshire Regiment) Searchlight Regiment – joined Jun 42

 

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45