51 (Lowland) Heavy Regiment RA (TA)

51 (Lowland) Heavy Regiment RA (TA) was converted from 57 Medium Regiment RA (TA) as 2 Heavy Regiment RA (TA) in September 1939. It was re-designated as 51 (Lowland) Heavy Regiment RA (TA) three days later. The unit went to France with the BEF in November 1939. Returning from Dunkirk, the Regiment spent the next four years re-equipping and training. They landed in France in June 1944 shortly after D-Day. They fought through France, Belgium Holland and into Germany. They were involved in many actions including clearing the Reichswald and the Rhine crossing. The Regiment was placed in suspended animation in April 1946 and reconstituted as 357 (Lothians) Medium 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.

Sep 39   Formed from 57 Medium Regiment UK
Nov 39   British Expeditionary Force France
Jun 40   Home Forces UK
Apr 44 2army 51 (Lowland) Heavy Regiment RA (TA) 2 Army UK
Jun 44   4 Army Group RA Normandy, France
Dec 44 30 corps 30 Corps  Belgium
Jan 45 12 corps 9 Army Group RA, 12 Corps Holland
Feb 45   4 Army Group RA Holland



Sep 39 A, B, C, D
Mar 42 P, Q, R, S
Jan 43 1, 2, 4, 6


Sep 39 9.2 inch Howitzers (3 batteries), 6 inch Guns (rubber tyre wheels – 1 battery)
Jun 44 7.2 inch Howitzers, 155 mm Guns (Long Tom)


The Royal Artillery 1939-45