51 (London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA)

51 (London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) was re-designated 51 (London) Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) from 51 (London) Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA(TA), in January 1939. It was re-designated as 51 (London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) in June 1940. The Regiment was re-designated as 71 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA, as a War Formed Regiment, in April 1947.  The TA unit reconstituted as 451 (London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) in January 1947. The title was changed to (Chelsea) in 1952, when it was adopted by the Borough.

Sep 39 49 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, 1 Anti-Aircraft Division London, UK
May 40 6 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Harstad, Norway
Jun 40 Re-equipping Troon Ayrshire, UK
Jul 40 48 Anti-Aircraft Brigade London, UK
Oct 40 4 Anti-Aircraft Brigade – 151 Battery to Crete Cairo, Egypt
Nov 40 British Troops Egypt Mersa Matruh, Egypt
Mar 41 4 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Tobruk, Libya
Sep 41 9 Army Haifa, Palestine
Sep 42 8 Army – 1 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Benghazi, Libya
May 43 12 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Tunisia
Aug 43 8 Army – 2 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Sicily
Sep 43 2 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Reggio, Italy
Oct 43 2 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Foggia, Italy
Nov 43 6 Army Group RA Rivers Sangro & Biferno, Italy
Jul 44 5 Corps, 2 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Ancona, Italy
Aug 44 Regiment “Diluted” – a proportion of the men replaced
by Basutos
Anzio, Italy
Oct 44 2 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Gothic Line, Italy
Apr 45 8 Army Forli, Italy

 

Batteries

Sep 39 151, 152, 153
Dec 40 16, 151, 152, 153 – 151 Battery detached to Crete
Feb 41 151 (detached), 152, 153
Apr 41 152, 153, 235 (Kent)
Jul 41 151 Battery captured & disbanded
Apr 42 152, 153, 242 (Glamorgan)

 

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45