5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade

Known originally as 5 Searchlight Brigade it became 5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade after Dunkirk. The Brigade served the entire war in the UK after returning from France. It served in Southern England and East Anglia. 5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade was run down after VE Day and became 5 Army Group RA (AA) in 1950.

Illustrations of the formation badges under which a unit served or supported are given. This is no guarantee that the unit used this formations badge.

Feb 40Blackdown, Surrey – formed
Apr 40Lens, FranceGHQ BEF
May 40Dunkirk, FranceGHQ BEF
July 40Gloucester – re-formed5 AA Div 5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade5 Anti-Aircraft Division
Nov 40Gloucester & Hereford9 AA Div 5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade9 Anti-Aircraft Division
Jun 42South Coast5 AA Div 5 Anti-Aircraft Brigade5 Anti-Aircraft Division
Oct 42South East EnglandAnti-Aircraft Command2 Anti-Aircraft Group
Mar 44Portsmouth areaAnti-Aircraft Command6 Anti-Aircraft Group
Jun 44Diver BeltAnti-Aircraft Command2 Anti-Aircraft Group
Jul 44Diver BeltAnti-Aircraft Command1 Anti-Aircraft Group
Nov 44East AngliaAnti-Aircraft Command9 Anti-Aircraft Group

Order of Battle May 1940

1 Searchlight Regiment (1, 2, 3, 4 Batteries)
2 Searchlight Regiment (5, 6, 8 Batteries)
3 (Ulster) Searchlight Regiment (9, 10, 11, 12 Batteries)

Order of Battle July 1940

See 5 Anti-Aircraft Division

Order of Battle 1940-41

See 9 Anti-Aircraft Division

Order of Battle 1941-42

See 9 Anti-Aircraft Division

Order of Battle 1942-43

64 (Northumbrian) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (170, 180, 268 Batteries) left Nov 42 to N Africa
97 (London Scottish) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (298, 299, 319 Batteries) left Aug 42 to Sicily
106 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (270, 327, 331, 332 Batteries) to N Africa Nov 42
107 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (334, 335, 337 Batteries) to 21 Army Group Mar 43
128 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (287, 309, 407 Batteries) to 2 AA Div Jul 42
146 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (176, 414, 465 Batteries)
148 Mixed Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (505, 508, 523, 529 Batteries) left Mar 43
174 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (249, 331, 348 Batteries)
179 Mixed Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (564, 584, 606, 607, 641 Batteries)
4 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 7, 8, 10 Batteries) to 21 Army Group Apr 43
19 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 60, 104, 290 Batteries) left May 43
46 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 137, 219, 243 Batteries) to N Africa Nov 42
70 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 208, 209, 215 Batteries) left Mar 43 to N Africa
84 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 201, 251, 461 Batteries) left Nov 42
97 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 221, 232, 301, 480 Batteries) left Mar 43
108 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 354, 355, 356 Batteries)
112 (DLI) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 364, 365, 366 Batteries) to 21 Army Group May 43
124 (Highland) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 404, 411, 412 Batteries)
131 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 432, 433, 434, 435 Batteries)
139 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 94, 177, 230 Batteries)
71 (East Lancs) Searchlight Regiment (462, 463, 464 Batteries) reduced to cadre Sep 43
409 AA Gun Operations Room
313 AA Gun Operations Room

Order of Battle August 1943-44

124 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (219, 410, 412, 415 Batteries) to 3 AA Group Oct 43
134 Mixed Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (459, 460, 461, 583 Batteries)
179 Mixed Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (584, 606, 607, 641 Batteries) to 4 AA Group Oct 43
19 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment from Jan 44
84 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 201, 251, 448, 461 Batteries) from Aug 43 left Jan 44
130 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment ( 406, 407, 428, 446 Batteries) left Aug 43
140 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (418, 420, 429, 430 Batteries) left Oct 43
313 Gun Operations Room
316 Gun Operations Room
346 Gun Operations Room

Order of Battle March-August 1944

134 Mixed Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (459, 460, 461, 583 Batteries)
138 Mixed Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (419, 424, 437, 438 Batteries)
19 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (221, 263, 294 Batteries) left Jun 44
85 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (52, 201, 304, 448 Batteries)
136 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (386, 453, 474 Batteries) left Jul 44

Order of Battle August 1944

127 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (396, 411, 422, 433 Batteries)
136 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (182, 409, 432, 468 Batteries)
95 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (297, 302, 460 Batteries)
140 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (457, 459, 464 Batteries)

Order of Battle September-November 1944

119 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (372, 377, 378 Batteries)
138 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (419, 424, 437 Batteries)
141 Mixed Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (486, 490, 493 Batteries) left Oct 44
183 Mixed Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (564, 591, 608, 640 Batteries) left Oct 44
85 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (52, 201, 304, 438 Batteries)
98 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (305, 306, 481 Batteries)
131 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (432, 433, 434 Batteries) left Oct 44
135 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (445, 447, 450 Batteries)
136 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (386, 453, 474 Batteries) left Nov 44
140 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (457, 459, 464 Batteries)
143 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment left Oct 44

Order of Battle November 1944-May 1945

119 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (372, 377, 378 Batteries) left Dec 44
122 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (397, 400, 401 Batteries)
127 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (396, 422, 433 Batteries)
134 Mixed Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (459, 460, 461 Batteries)
138 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (419, 424, 437, 438 Batteries)
143 Mixed Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (494, 495 Batteries)
67 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (200, 202, 279 Batteries) left Dec 44
135 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (445, 447, 450 Batteries) left Dec 44
The Royal Artillery 1939-45