| United Kingdom|
| British Army|
Sir Richard McCreery
| 4 November 1940 – 1 January 1943|
Division, 13,235 men
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.
8th Armoured Division (United Kingdom) Wikipedia
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.
The division had four officers who held the position of General Officer Commanding, during the Second World War.
(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
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