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8th Armoured Division (United Kingdom)

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Country  United Kingdom
Type  Armoured
Branch  British Army
Notable commanders  Sir Richard McCreery
8th Armoured Division (United Kingdom)
Active  4 November 1940 – 1 January 1943
Size  Division, 13,235 men 130+ tanks

The 8th Armoured Division was an armoured division of the British Army during the Second World War. It was deployed to Egypt in June 1942 but never operated as a complete formation and was disbanded in January the following year.



The division was sent to North Africa but never saw active service as a complete formation. As the division could not be provided with a lorried infantry brigade, it was broken up and was finally disbanded in Egypt on 1 January 1943.

Following the Second Battle of El Alamein a plan was put forth to use the remains of the division as a self-contained pursuit force to dart forward into the German-Italian rear as far as possibly Tobruk, however the plan to use the division was shelfed and units in the forward area were used instead. Afterwards, the name of the division was used for the purpose of military deception.

General Officer Commanding

The division had four officers who held the position of General Officer Commanding, during the Second World War.

Component Units

(all brigades stripped away from the division prior to the Second Battle of El Alamein)

23rd Armoured Brigade
  • 40th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 46th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 50th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
  • 24th Armoured Brigade
  • 41st Royal Tank Regiment
  • 45th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 47th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 11th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • 133rd Infantry Brigade
  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
  • 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
  • 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
  • Support Units

    8th Support Group
  • 14th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters
  • 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry
  • 5th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery
  • 11th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (Honourable Artillery Company)
  • 104th (Essex Yeomanry) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery
  • 146th (Pembroke and Cardiganshire) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • References

    8th Armoured Division (United Kingdom) Wikipedia

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