8th Armoured Brigade - Serial Numbers of Units

Discussion in 'Higher Formations' started by Little Black Devil, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. Hello,

    I am seeking information about the 8th Armoured Brigade, I'd like to complete the Serial Numbers of the following units :

    -Brigade HQ : 19011
    -4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards :
    -24th Lancers :
    -Sherwood Rangers Yeo :
    -552nd Coy RASC : 56681
    -168th Field Amb RAMC :
    -Essex Yeomanry :

    Thanks very much.
    Cheers
    Fred
     
  2. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Fred
    If you do a google image search for "8th Armoured Brigade", you will find a coloured diagram of nearly all the information you require.
    A normal Google search will provide the wiki page which shows the other units attached to the Brigade albeit not with their serial numbers.

    Note: apologies that I can't upload or link to images at the moment.
     
  3. Hi SDP,
    I already have the unit serials for vehs, here I look for the 5 figures numbers assigned to each units, like the one I published on the first place.
    Do you see what I mean?
     
  4. This number is called the Unit Mobilisation Serial Number, unique to each unit across the Allied forces.

    HQ 8 Armd Bde - 19011
    4/7 DG - 1226
    24 L - 29967
    NOTTS YEO - 19009
    168 Lt Fd Amb - 19051
    147 Fd Regt SP - 23666

    All the above from the GOLD Landing Tables, available online here (menu on the left):
    http://www.6juin1944.com/assaut/gold/en_index.php

    552 Coy RASC is not mentioned though, but you already have its Mob Serial Number.

    Michel
     
  5. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    The Field Force Index Serial Numbers?

    WO33/2223

    Unfortunately they are not in a describable order, although I have a pulled a number of units ones together, I haven't yet got round to 8 Armoured Brigade.
     
  6. That might be THE list for all Unit Serials! Could you post one example of a page?

    Thanks in advance,

    Michel
     
  7. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Fred

    Now understood! Thanks for the clarification of what you were asking.

    In the meantime Michel has already answered with information included in the Gold Beach Landing Tables. You also need the number for 12KRRC who landed some time later as part of the build up forces so therefore not included in these early Landing Tables.
     
  8. Yes, you're right. I forgot the 12th KRRC.
    I am still looking for Company pictures before D-Day or portraits about this battalion… Where could I find them?
    Is there a Regimental museum which might have gathered all the unit documents…
    Regards
     
  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Possibly 12th Battalion with them being Mechanised ??
    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205209539
    Mechanised column of The King's Royal Rifle Corps moving cross-country during a military exercise.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    Attached Files:

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  11. Yes! This does look like THE List of all (British only?) Mob Serial Numbers! This is an absolutely FANTASTIC find, because on all photos of vehicles where the loading code is visible the Unit can thus be identified with certainty, even if the other markings are not visible !

    WO 33/2226 looks like the same list sorted by Arms instead of by Serial No.:
    http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/browse/r/r/C1204808

    Plus more Amendments files than original Lists. Would have been too simple otherwise...

    Is there any selfless soul out there who possesses all those TNA files (WO 2223 to 2239) and is willing to compile them into a Final List including all Amendments??

    This could be a team job too... With a good OCR followed by careful check this should not take more than ??? days/weeks/months/years to complete (depending on how many we are to share the workload).

    Michel
     
  12. Yes Drew, I'm looking for pictures of the 12th Bn. KRRC in 1944, before D-Day and during Battle of Normandy.
    I'd like to be sure of the insignias and titles they wore on their sleeves.
    Regards
     

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