7 Anti-Aircraft Division

7 AA Div

 

The Division was created in 1939 to control the anti-aircraft defences of North East England, Yorkshire and Humberside. It took over brigades from 2 Anti-Aircraft Division and 3 Anti-Aircraft Division

 

When Anti-Aircraft Command re-organised in October 1942, 7 Anti-Aircraft Division was split between 5 and 6 Anti-Aircraft Groups

 

HQ Newcastle upon Tyne

 

Order of Battle 1939–40

 

30 (Northumbrian) Anti-Aircraft Brigade at Sunderland – from 2 Anti-Aircraft Division
63 (Northumbrian) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – converted from medium artillery 1936
64 (Northumbrian) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – converted from medium artillery 1936
87 Anti-Aircraft Regiment – raised Apr 39
37 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers – searchlight unit
5th Battalion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (53 Searchlight Regiment) – converted from infantry 1938

 

31 (North Midland) Anti-Aircraft Brigade at York – from 2 Anti-Aircraft Division
66 (Leeds Rifles) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – converted from infantry 1936
96 Anti-Aircraft Regiment – raised April 1939
43 (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers – Searchlight unit converted from infantry 1936
49 (West Yorkshire Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers – Searchlight unit converted from infantry 1936

 

39 Anti-Aircraft Brigade at RAF Digby – from 2 Anti-Aircraft Division; did not actually transfer
62 (Northumbrian) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – converted from field artillery 1936
67 (York and Lancaster Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – converted from infantry 1936
91 Anti-Aircraft Regiment – raised Apr 39
40 (Sherwood Foresters) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers – Searchlight unit converted from infantry 1936
46 (Lincolnshire Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers – Searchlight unit converted from infantry 1936

 

43 Anti-Aircraft Brigade at West Hartlepool – from 3 Anti-Aircraft Division
85 (Tees) Anti-Aircraft Regiment – raised 1938
47 (Durham Light Infantry) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers – Searchlight unit converted from infantry 1936
1/5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry (54 Searchlight Regiment) – Searchlight unit converted from infantry 1938
2/5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry (55 Searchlight Regiment) – duplicate Searchlight unit raised Apr 39

 

57 Light Anti-Aircraft Brigade – new brigade forming at Newcastle
13 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – raised 1938
28 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – raised Aug 39
29 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – raised Aug 39
30 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – raised Aug 39

 

Order of Battle 1940–41

 

30th Anti-Aircraft Brigade
63 (Northumbrian) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
64 (Northumbrian) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
37 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
38 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (part) – unit shared with the 10 Anti-Aircraft Division
68 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment– new unit raised in Dec 40
7 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment

 

43 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
8 (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – returned from Dunkirk and re-equipped
73 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – returned from Dunkirk and re-equipped
50 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit raised in Jul 40
72 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment– new unit raised in Jan 41
47 (Durham Light Infantry) Searchlight Regiment
55 (Durham Light Infantry) Searchlight Regiment

 

57 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
41 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit raised in Jan 41
46 (Lincolnshire Regiment) Searchlight Regiment
53 (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Searchlight Regiment

 

Order of Battle 1941–42

 

30 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
63 (Northumbrian) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for War Office Control Dec 41 before embarking for Ceylon
64 (Northumbrian) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left Apr 42 before joining Operation Torch
135 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit raised in Oct 41
136 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 2 Anti-Aircraft Division Apr 42; returned Jun 42
146 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit raised in Jan 42; left May 42
153 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit raised in Mar 42
37 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for Middle East Jun 41
50 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Feb 42
68 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – to 43 Anti-Aircraft Brigade by May 42; left Jun 42
124 (Highland) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – converted from 51 Searchlight Regiment and joined May 42
7 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment – to 43 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Feb 42

 

43 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
8 (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for GHQ Reserve Nov 41 before embarking for India
73 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for 12 Anti-Aircraft Division May 41
72 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for 3 Anti-Aircraft Division Summer 41
123 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit raised in Feb 41
145 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit raised in Jan, joined Apr 42
31 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – from Orkney and Shetland Defences Jun 42; left for 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Jun 42
41 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – left for War Office Control Apr 42 before embarking for Middle East
136 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit raised in Feb 42; joined Jun 42
53 (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Searchlight Regiment – to 30 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Aug 42

 

57 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
46 (Lincolnshire) Searchlight Regiment – left for 3 Anti-Aircraft Division Dec 41
47 (Durham Light Infantry) Searchlight Regiment – left for conversion to 122 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Feb 42
55 (Durham Light Infantry) Searchlight Regiment – left for conversion to 113 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Jan 42
56 (5th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)) Searchlight Regiment – joined from 3 Anti-Aircraft Division Dec 41; left for conversion to 125 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Mar 42
(The brigade had no units under command from March to May 1942)
60 (City of London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 12 Anti-Aircraft Division May 42; left Jun 42
100 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 12 Anti-Aircraft Division May 42; left Jun 42
155 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment – new unit raised in Mar 42; joined May, left for 12 Anti-Aircraft Division Aug 42
134 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – joined from 4 Anti-Aircraft Division Aug 42
4 Anti-Aircraft Z Regiment – joined from 4 Anti-Aircraft Division Aug 42

 

36 (Scottish) Anti-Aircraft Brigade covering Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth – joined from 3 Anti-Aircraft Division Aug 42
114 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
129 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
158 (Mixed) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
135 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment

 

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45