59 (The Essex Regiment) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA)

 The Regiment was formed by conversion of 7th Battalion The Essex Regiment (TA) to 59 (The Essex Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Brigade RA(TA) in December 1935. It was re-designated as 59 (The Essex Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) in January 1939 and became 59 (The Essex Regiment) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) in June 1940. The Regiment was placed in suspended animation in November 1945 and was reconstituted as 459 (The Essex Regiment) (M) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA(TA) in January 1947.

Sep 39 37 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, 6 Anti-Aircraft Division Thames North, UK
Sep 40 42 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, 12 Anti-Aircraft Division Glasgow, UK
Dec 41 28 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Thames South, UK
Dec 41 46 Anti-Aircraft Brigade, 8 Anti-Aircraft Division Bristol, UK
Aug 42 War Office Reserve UK
Jan 43  66 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Bone, Algeria
Sep 43  52 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Bizerta, Tunisia
Oct 43 22 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Naples, Italy
Jun 44 Regiment “Diluted” with African soldiers  
Sep 44 25 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Brindisi, Italy
Jan 45 66 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Leghorn, Italy
Apr 45 66 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Genoa, Italy
May 45 Africans leave the Regiment  

 

Batteries

Sep 39 164, 167, 265
Dec 41 164, 167, 265, 418
Dec 41 164, 167, 265

 

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45