5 Royal Horse Artillery

5 Brigade Royal Horse Artillery was broken up in 1928. Re-formed in November 1939 as 5 (Army) Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. A third battery was added in November 1940 and in December the (Army) title was dropped. It converted to 5 Field Regiment RA in February 1958.

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.

Nov 39   Formed from K & G Batteries Wooten-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, UK
Apr 40 3 Corps 5 Royal Horse Artillery 3 Corps France
Jun 40   Home Forces UK
Dec 40 8 Armd Div 5 Royal Horse Artillery 8 Support Group UK
Jul 42 8 Armd Div 5 Royal Horse Artillery 8 Support Group N Africa
Jul 42 23 Armoured Brigade 5 Royal Horse Artillery 23 Armoured Brigade Group N Africa
Sep 42 8 Armd Div 8 Armoured Division N Africa
Oct 42 24 Armoured Brigade 24 Armoured Brigade Group N Africa
Oct 42 8 Armd Div 8 Armoured Division Alamein, Egypt
Dec 42 7 Armd Division 7 Armoured Division N Africa
Sep 43 7 Armd Division 7 Armoured Division Salerno, Italy
Jan 44 7 Armd Division 7 Armoured Division UK
Jun 44 7 Armd Division 7 Armoured Division NW Europe

Batteries

Nov 39 G, K
Oct 40 G, K, CC

Equipment

Nov 39 18 pdr Guns, Guy Quad Ant Tractors
Aug 40 6 pdr Anti-Tank (ex Naval in pill boxes)
Jan 41 75 mm (18 pdr carriage), 4.5 inch Howitzers
May 41 25 pdr Mk1
Jul 42 Stuart Observation Post Tanks
Mar 44 25 pdr Self Propelled Sexton, Sherman Command Tanks, Cromwell Observation Post Tanks

 

War diaries for ’39, ’44 & late ’46 at desertrat.org.uk

War diaries G Battery 1939-41 & Jan 44-Jun 46 (less Dec 44) at desertrats.org.uk

War diaries K Battery Apr 40-45 at desertrats.org.uk

War diaries CC Battery Nov 40-Aug 44 at desertrats.org.uk

The Royal Artillery 1939-45