86 (East Anglian)(Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment RA (TA)

Formed February 1920 as 4 East Anglian Brigade RFA (TF). Became 86 (East Anglian) Brigade RFA (TA) in 1921. It changed title in 1922 to 86 (East Anglian)(Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Brigade RFA (TA). In June 1924 it became 86 (East Anglian)(Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Brigade RA (TA). 86 Field Brigade was re-designated 86 (East Anglian)(Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment RA (TA) in November 1938 with two batteries. In November 1940 a third battery was formed. Post war 86 (East Anglian)(Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment RA (TA) went into suspended animation in April 1946 and was re-constituted as 286 (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment RA (TA) in January 1947.

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.

3 Sep 39 54 Infantry Division 86 east anglian hertfordshire yeomanry field 54 Infantry Division Hertford, Hertfordshire, UK
Nov 39 54 Infantry Division 86 east anglian hertfordshire yeomanry field 54 Infantry Division Norfolk, UK (On coast defence)
Feb 40 54 Infantry Division 86 east anglian hertfordshire yeomanry field 54 Infantry Division Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Apr 40 54 Infantry Division 86 east anglian hertfordshire yeomanry field 54 Infantry Division Whalton, Northumberland, UK
Oct 40 54 Infantry Division 86 east anglian hertfordshire yeomanry field 54 Infantry Division Rothbury, Northumberland, UK
Mar 41 54 Infantry Division 86 east anglian hertfordshire yeomanry field 54 Infantry Division Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK
Jul 41 54 Infantry Division 86 east anglian hertfordshire yeomanry field 54 Infantry Division High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK
Nov 41 54 Infantry Division 86 east anglian hertfordshire yeomanry field 54 Infantry Division Suffolk, UK
10 Jun 42 42 (East Lancashire) Infantry Division 42 Armoured Division Slingsby, Yorkshire, UK
May 43 49 (West Riding) Infantry Division 49 Infantry Division Codford, Wilts, UK
The Regt developed techniques for seaborne
landings including firing from LCT’s
on the run in.
Jul 43 49 (West Riding) Infantry Division 49 Infantry Division Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, UK
RHQ & 462 only. Remainder joined Aug 43.
Dec 43 49 (West Riding) Infantry Division 49 Infantry Division Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Feb 44 50 (Northumbrian) Infantry Division 2 Army
Attached 50 Infantry Division
Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Mar 44 2 Army Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
6 Jun 44 2 Army Normandy, France
Sep 44 2 Army Antwerp, Belgium
Oct 44 82 US Airborne Division attached 82 (US) AirBorne Division Nijmegen, Holland
Dec 44 Guards Armoured Division attached Guards Armoured Division Ardennes, Belgium
Mar 45 2 Army The Rhine, Germany
Apr 45 3 Infantry Division late attached 3 Infantry Division Bremen, Germany

 

Batteries

1921 341, 342, 343, 344
Nov 38 341, 342, 344 – 336 Battery absorbed by 344 & later re-formed
Nov 38 341 (St Albans), 342 (Hertford) – 336 & 344 Batteries to 135 Field Regiment
8 Nov 40 341, 342, 462 (462 Bty was originally 343 (unofficial) until Jan 41)

 

 

Equipment

Sep 39 8 x 4.5 inch Howitzer, Morris Commercial CDSW Tractors
Jun 40 8 x 4.5 inch Howitzer & 4 x 18/25 pdr gun
Jul 40 6 x 4.5’s converted to pneumatic tyres
Aug 40 341 Battery, 1 troop 4 x 4.5’s, 2 troops as infantry
342 Battery, 1 troop 4 x 4.5’s, 1 troop 4 x 18/25 pdr, 1 troop as infantry
Sep 40 341 Battery, 2 troops 4 x 75 mm guns each, 1 troop 2 x 60 pdr
342 Battery, 2 troops 4 x 18/25 pdr each, 1 troop 2 x 60 pdr
Oct 40 60 pdrs returned, Quad tractors & Carriers Universal MkI issued
May 41 16 x 18/25 pdr, 8 x 75 mm gun
Jan 42 24 x 25 pdr
Mar 43 24 x 25 pdr Self Propelled Bishop
May 43 Crusader Observation Post tanks
Aug 43 M7 105 mm Self Propelled Priest
Feb 44 25 pdr Self Propelled Sexton
Mar 44 Sherman MkV OP/CP, Carrier AOP, Jeeps & M14 Half-tracks

 

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45