40 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA (TA)

40 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA (TA) was formed at Inverness in September 1939. After some time in Air Defence Great Britain, they became the divisional anti-aircraft unit in 51 Highland Division. They remained with 51 Division through North Africa and Sicily before returning to the UK. They moved with the Division to Normandy in June 1944. The Regiment was placed in suspended animation in March 1946. 40 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA (TA) was re-constituted as 540 Light Anti-Aircraft 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 Inverness, Inverness-shire, UK
Feb 41 3 AA Division 40 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA  (TA) 3 Anti-Aircraft Division, 51 Anti-Aircraft Brigade North East Scotland
May 42 51 (Highland) Infantry Division 40 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA  (TA) 51 Infantry Division UK
Aug 42 51 (Highland) Infantry Division 40 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA  (TA) 51 Infantry Division Egypt
Jul 43 51 (Highland) Infantry Division 51 Infantry Division Sicily
Nov 43 51 (Highland) Infantry Division 51 Infantry Division UK
Jun 44 51 (Highland) Infantry Division 51 Infantry Division Normandy, France
Sep 44 51 (Highland) Infantry Division 51 Infantry Division Le Havre, France
Sep 44 51 (Highland) Infantry Division 51 Infantry Division Sint-Oedenrode, Holland
Feb 45 51 (Highland) Infantry Division 51 Infantry Division Reichswald, Germany
Apr 45 51 (Highland) Infantry Division 51 Infantry Division Delmenhorst, Germany

 

Batteries

Sep 39 105, 140
Nov 39 105, 140, 177
Sep 41 105, 140, 268

Equipment

Aug 42 48 x 40 mm Bofors Guns
Jun 44 40 mm Bofors Guns, 20 mm Polstens
Apr 45 40 mm Bofors Guns, 20 mm Polstens, 2 x M 51 Quad Brownings per Troop

 

 

The Royal Artillery 1939-45