However, on the night of 26/27 September a furious firefight broke out when the Germans crossed the river in strength and attempted to emplace anti-tank guns in 43rd Recce's hidden positions. Objective: breakthrough south-east of Caen. In the end, the dominating position fell to a surprise attack. Operation Cobra. To acquire and present to the National Trust tracts of land in the West Country and to erect copies of the Hill 112 memorial. 43 (Wessex) Signal Regiment was a Territorial Army (TA) unit of the British Army's Royal Corps of Signals from 1920. By 28 August, 7th ATRE working under shellfire had built their Class 40 bridge, codenamed 'Goliath', and 11th Armoured was beginning to pour across to spearhead XXX Corps' advance. 5th Battalion Dorsets and 9th Royal Tank Regiment, leading 130th Brigade against the farms on the lower ground, made quick progress, 7th Somerset Light Infantry passing through with the Churchills and Crocodiles to deal with Chateau de Fontaine. The following officers commanded the division at various times:, The banner of the kings of Wessex bore a golden Wyvern, a dragon with two eagle-like legs and the barbed tail of a snake. 43rd (Wessex) Division/District Ordnance Field Park. H. Essame)- 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry- 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment- 5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Regiment Divisional Artillery (RA)- 29nd Field Regiment - 112th Field Regiment - 179th Field Regiment - 59th Antitank Regiment - 110th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Divisional Engineers (RE) - 207th Field Park Company - 204th Field Company - 260th Field Company- 553rd Field Company - 13th Bridging Platoon - Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) - Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) - Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Sources: - Le Tommy de la Libération (Jean Bouchery) - http://www.43wessexassociation.com/. July 25, 1944. For this operation it was assisted by the bridging specialists of 15th (Kent) GHQ Troops Royal Engineers, a medium artillery regiment and the Cromwell tanks of 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars, the armoured reconnaissance regiment of 11th Armoured Division. In 'Garden', the ground part of the operation, XXX Corps was to link river crossings up to the Nederrijn at Arnhem via a 'carpet' of airborne troops. As the ship started engines it detonated an acoustic mine, splitting the ship in two, and the after part, packed with sleeping men of 43rd Recce Regiment, sank rapidly. Gemeinnützige Organisation. On 22 September 1914 the Government of India agreed to send 32 British and 20 Indian regular army battalions to Europe in exchange for 43 TF battalions. 129th Infantry Brigade – 4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry – 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment – 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. "Corps of Royal Engineers, Volunteer Regiments", http://www.win.tue.nl/~drenth/BritArmy/Lineage/RE/index.html, https://books.google.com/books?id=l43JDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA104&lpg=PA104&dq=HQ+UK+Land+Forces+1972+9+district+headquarters#q=HQ%20UK%20Land%20Forces%201972%209%20district%20headquarters. A 15-minute bombardment by the guns of 94th (Dorset Yeomanry) Field Regiment, 121st (West Riding) Medium Regiment (further back in Group Two) and C Sqn, 15th/19th Hussars, together with the heavy mortars of 8th Middlesex, was followed by a smoke barrage to cover the crossing at 19.00. 214th Brigade would remain with the 43rd Division for the rest of the war. A Lloyd carrier of 8th Bn, Middlesex Regiment, the divisional machine gun battalion, advances during operations in the Odon valley, west of Caen, 16 July 1944. However, this entailed some heavy fighting by 5th Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI) against a Panzer counter-attack at Cheux on 27 June. [lower-alpha 3] The district headquarters itself formed the core of the structure for the creation of South West District under HQ UK Land Forces in 1972.. It took part in the capture of Caumont, 30th July, and captured Mont Pinçon, a steep and rugged hill of vital … This defence was followed by a final set-piece attack, Operation Express, in which 4th and 5th Wiltshires and 7th RTR succeeded in capturing Maltot on 22 July.. The 43rd Infantry Division was first activated in 1923, with the division headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. Meanwhile 5th Wiltshires got to the bridge over the Druance at the foot of Mont Pinçon but failed to capture it by the end of the day. On 5 October 43rd (Wessex) handed most of its positions over to the US 101st Airborne Division, leaving the anti-tank and mortar platoons and 5th DCLI, the divisional reserve, to help out. In June 1942, the 128th Infantry Brigade (consisting of three battalions of the Hampshire Regiment) was transferred to 46th Infantry Division. From June 1944 to May 1945 the 43rd (Wessex) Division, or the Yellow Devils or British SS Division as known by the Germans, had suffered well over 12,500 casualties, with almost 3,000 killed in action. The first convoy, Group One, consisted of nearly 1500 vehicles of 129th Brigade with its usual proportion of divisional artillery, engineers and support services, reinforced by 1st Worcesters. 01 | The Overlord plan, 02 | 22 January-15 May 1944 - Preparing the landing, 03 | 1-5 June 1944 Embarking for Normandy, 04 | 6 June 1944 D-Day, 05 | 7-13 June 1944 - Linkup, 06 | 14-20 June 1944 - Struggle In The Hedgerows, 07 | 21-30 June 1944 - The Fall Of Cherbourg, 08 | 1-18 July 1944 - To Caen And Saint-Lô, 09 | 19-25 July 1944 - Caen Falls, 10 | 26-31 July 1944 - The … Operation Spring July 25, 1944. 43ème division d’infanterie Wessex britannique. The first elements moved up to Brussels to protect headquarters and carry out engineering works, then the division concentrated at Diest to take part in Operation Market Garden, beginning on 17 September. 43rd (Wessex) Division memorial on Hill 112. 43. On 6 June 1942 all reconnaissance battalions were redesignated regiments, and o… 4th Dorsets, making a second attack, suffered heavy casualties. 43 Recce War Diary June–August 1944, The National Archives, Kew, file WO 171/491. 43rd (Wessex) Division/District Field Ambulance, 340 Signal Squadron, Royal Corps of Signals, in Salisbury, 4th/5th Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment, in Winchester, The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's), in Bath, 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment, in Trowbridge, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, in Truro. Ülejäänud sõja vältel eelistas kõiki Briti ja Kanada vägesid kampaanias juhtinud Bernard Montgomery oma rünnakute juhtimiseks formatsioone nagu 43. , After a short rest 43rd (Wessex) Division moved to XXX Corps to launch an attack towards the dominating height of Mont Pinçon as part of Operation Bluecoat. The concealed squadrons sent back reports, but were forbidden to engage the enemy in order to hide the extent of the position. Operation Byng. 43rd (1st Wessex) Division at Long, Long Trail. It formed part of the mobile GHQ Reserve disposed on the line from Northampton through North London to Aldershot, from which brigade groups could be despatched to any threatened area. But thereafter heavy rain turned the whole battlefield into mud while the infantry struggled to consolidate their positions under heavy shellfire from the Siegfried Line guns. The division's infantry battalions (without their brigade headquarters) and artillery brigades embarked at Southampton on 8 October and were convoyed to Bombay, disembarking on 9 November. Recruitment and training of the 2nd Wessex Division proceeded so well that it was also sent to India in December 1914, and later received the notional title of 45th (2nd Wessex) Division. 4 Somerset … On 28 June 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment made an attack from Cheux against Mouen: they had to cross open cornfields, but had support from the whole divisional artillery and heavy mortars plus two medium artillery regiments. The objective of the 43rd Infantry Division was to capture the villages of Baron-sur-Odon, Fontaine-Étoupefour, Chateau de Fontaine and to recapture Hill 112. 45th (2nd Wessex) Division at Long, Long Trail. 43rd Wessex Division MajGen G.I ... 4. In May 1940 it was preparing to go overseas to join the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France, but the German invasion of the Low Countries on 10 May ended the 'Phoney War' before the division was ready. TO THE MEMORY OF ALL RANKS O/F THE 43RD WESSEX DIVISION/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR/ THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM/ 1939 - 1945./ THIS MEMORIAL/ IS A REPLICA/ OF THAT ERECTED/ ON HILL 112 NEAR CAEN/ THE SITE OF THE FIRST/ MAJOR BATTLE/ IN WHICH THE DIVISION/ TOOK PART/ JULY 10TH TO JULY 24TH 1944. High seas and enemy shelling prevented unloading for three days and it was decided to move to Juno Beach for disembarkation. After driving off some counter-attacks by 15th Panzer Grenadier Division during the night, Geilenkirchen was captured after a stiff fight next day. They also had storm boats in reserve but these had to be used in the first wave because launching points for DUKWs were hard to find. Once the northern sector of … The division rested and received reinforcements (many of them experienced men drafted from the disbanded 59th (Staffordshire) Division).. All Canadian formations, plus the attached British 52nd Lowland Division , were assigned to Canadian First Army. A partir de la mi-août, les unités de la Wessex font pression sur les troupes allemandes dans la poche de Chambois-Trun, puis franchissent la Seine à Vernon le 25 août, leur permettant par la suite de se diriger vers le nord de la France puis la Belgique. However, shipping delays and a storm between 19 and 22 June delayed its arrival; the division finally concentrated round Bayeux on 24 June. , Having taken and then defended Mont Pinçon, 43rd (Wessex) Division participated in XXX Corps' advance. Thomas was a decorated officer who had served as a young battery commander in the Royal Artillery on the Western Front during World War I where he was twice wounded and awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order. It had its origins in a Volunteer Royal Field Artillery and 57th Wessex Heavy Anti - Aircraft Regiment … 84th US Division attacked on the morning of 18 November, supported by British specialist armour, and was through the line of pillboxes by midday. For the rest of the war Bernard Montgomery, commanding all British and Canadian troops in the campaign, preferred to use formations such as 43rd (Wessex) and 15th (Scottish) to spearhead his assaults.  Launched at 20.30 towards 'The Orchard' on the crest of the hill, and supported by a squadron of 7th Royal Tank Regiment and all available guns, including the divisional light anti-aircraft guns, the attack reached the orchard, but could get no further. Battle order – June 1944 – Battle of Normandy. Its leading brigade crossed the river on 25 March behind 51st (Highland) Division, which had carried the assault on the night of 23/24 March. Twitter . Other battalions mopped up the important objective of Manvieux. ADAIR … Meanwhile, the battalions and batteries were immediately distributed to garrisons across India, reverting to peacetime service conditions, and the Wessex Division never saw service as a whole, though it was formally numbered the 43rd (1st Wessex) Division in 1915 and the brigades were designated 128th (Hampshire) Brigade, 129th (South Western) Brigade and 130th (Devon and Cornwall) Brigade. 1944 25 June - 2 July: The Odon 4 July - 18 July: Caen 18 July - 23 July: Bourguebus Ridge 30 July - 9 August: Mont Pincon 17 September - 27 September: The Nederrijn 1945 8 February - 10 March: The Rhineland 23 March - 1 April: The Rhine. 130th Brigade led, reinforced by 4th Somerset Light Infantry and Sherman tanks of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, followed by 214th Brigade and then 129th Brigade. 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With formations that had spent years in the United Kingdom training such as the 43rd (Wessex), 15th (Scottish), 11th Armoured and 59th (Staffordshire) Divisions the problem of morale was less of an issue. 553 Field Company and 207 Field Park Company then built the division's first Bailey bridge across the site of the railway bridge. A second Class 40 named 'Saul' was built by 15th (Kent) GHQRE. the Churchill tank that sits beside the 43 Wessex Division Memorial on Hill 112.er on th 9th July 2011 ) ... invasion of Europe in the summer of 1944. yes … The infantry and anti-tank guns held off counter-attacks through the night from the newly arrived 9th SS Panzer Division, and were reinforced in the morning by a company of 1st Worcesters and briefly by a squadron of Sherman tanks from the Royal Scots Greys. 43e division d'infanterie britannique. (Wessexi) diviis esines Normandias hästi ja paljud briti kõrgemad ohvitserid pidasid seda Teise maailmasõja ajal üheks parimaks Briti armee diviisiks. Beckett claims that Territorial Army units that were in suspended animation were formally reactivated on 1 January 1947, though no personnel were assigned until commanding officers and permanent staff had been appointed in March and April 1947. 43rd Recce Regiment (reformed after the Derrycunihy disaster) then went through to unhinge the Ondefontaine defences. Soldiers of 4th Bn, Wiltshire Regiment, climbing the sheer face of a chalk quarry during 'toughening up' training at Leeds, Kent, 18 September 1941. He would command the 43rd Division until September 1945. Operation Rawlinson. The 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division was an infantry division of Britain's Territorial Army (TA). It found itself in immediate combat, but had broken through by 29 March. [lower-alpha 2] However, the TA saw large numbers of amalgamations from 1950 onwards.  The numbers 49 and 51 either side of the Wessex Wyvern divisional badge are the identification serials of 204 and 553 Field Companies RE. First formed as the Wessex Division in the Territorial Force in 1908, the division was broken up during World War I and never served as a complete formation. Commander: Major General Ivor Thomas. The group arrived at Vernon on the afternoon of 25 August, ready to begin the assault that evening against the defenders from 49th German Infantry Division. By the end of an hour only one boat remained. It was later noted that its habitual training area round Stone Street, Kent, bore a marked resemblance to the Bocage countryside in Normandy where it would later fight.. In the first phase 129th Brigade on the right, with all three battalions in line, and 130th Brigade on the left with one battalion, were to capture the hill and the road from it to Château de Fontaine. Découvrez des commentaires utiles de client et des classements de commentaires pour 43rd Wessex Division at War, 1944-45 sur Amazon.fr. However the experiment was abandoned (deemed unsuitable for the type of terrain in North-western Europe) in late 1943 and the 34th Tank Brigade was replaced, in October 1943, by the 214th Independent Infantry Brigade, a Home Defence formation raised during the war that had been serving in Hampshire and Dorset District. A staff officer ran up to Lt-Gen Horrocks at XXX Corps HQ, shouting 'We've got it, sir!' The advance up the only road ('Club Route') was slow but on 21 September 43rd (Wessex) Division caught up with the Guards at Nijmegen. Objective: assault of the town of Maltot. The journey took only 30 minutes, but the road behind the column was cut by German tanks that had to be hunted down and destroyed before support could be brought up. The following month it was transferred to 43rd (Wessex) Division and renumbered accordingly the next January. 214th Brigade relieved the exhausted troops that morning. The operation took place during the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War. , As soon as the Wessex Division had left for India, the home depots began raising 2nd Line units, distinguished from the 1st Line by a '2/' prefix. The Wyvern in North West Europe : being a short history of the 43rd Wessex Division, 24 June 1944-8 May 1945 [Germany : 43rd Wessex Division, 1945] 23 p. H. Essame: The 43rd Wessex Division at War, 1944-1945: London : William Clowes, 1952 xi, 292 p. Patrick Delaforce 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division Ordre de bataille – Juin 1944 – Bataille de Normandie. 43rd (Wessex) Division. , The division was blamed by many airborne soldiers for its dilatory advance to the river, though the Corps commander, Lt-Gen Horrocks, defended the division, pointing out that it could not deploy any armoured vehicles (either 8th Armoured Bde or 43rd Recce Rgt's armoured cars and half-tracks) off the single road, nicknamed 'Hell's Highway', which was cut behind them on several occasions, and praising the division's hard fighting. XII Corps, comprising the 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division, reinforced by a brigade of 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division and the 34th Tank Brigade, the 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division and the other two brigades of the 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division, was to attack in Operation Greenline at 9:30 p.m. on 15 July, using Monty's Moonlight, searchlight beams reflected from clouds to illuminate the … Luce) - 4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry- 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment- 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment 130th Infantry Brigade (Brig. The division's first major offensive action of its own was Operation Jupiter, to take Hill 112, which had been briefly captured by British armour during 'Epsom' but had to be abandoned. Overall, 43rd (Wessex) Division performed well in Normandy and was considered by many senior British officers to be one of the best divisions of the British Army during the war. The British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, inspects men of 4th Bn, Somerset Light Infantry, during a tour of forces preparing to invade Normandy, 12 May 1944. The order to mobilise arrived on the evening of 4 August. On 22 November 5th DCLI suffered heavy casualties trying to take the high ground near Hoven to deny the enemy observation over the two Allied divisions. The 43rdInfantry Division landed in Normandy on 24 June 1944 (D + 18) and served throughout the campaign in North West Europe. Further north, 5th Dorsets beat off 116th Panzer Division and 7th Hampshires had to dislodge enemy troops who fortified themselves in some brick kilns, with the help of RAF Typhoons. On 29 June 129 Brigade advanced under fire to ford the River Odon and dug in, a German counter-attack against them in the evening being destroyed by the divisional artillery.. (Horrocks also jokingly referred to Thomas's command as the 'Wicked Wyvern'). drawn from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Worcestershire the 43 rd. La division libère Nimègue au cours de l'opération Market Garden. Retrouvez 43rd Wessex Division at War, 1944-45 et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. The pursuit continued through April and ended with the capture of Bremen and XXX Corps' drive into the Cuxhaven peninsula. Coy 1st Bn Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers) 1972 : Disbanded and reformed as 2nd (Volunteer) Bn R.G.B.W. Landing craft and gunboats came alongside and picked up survivors, but the regiment lost 183 men, with another 120 evacuated wounded. It attacked up the slopes of Hill 112, described as 'one of the most tragic acts of self-sacrifice in the entire North West European Campaign'. Most of 43rd Recce Rgts's vehicles were landed from the beached fore part of the "Derrycunihy", and reinforcements were sent from England, but the regiment was not fully up to strength until the end of July 1944. The days that marked the Battle of Normandy. Throughout most of 1942, the division was part of XII Corps, serving alongside the 46th Infantry Division and 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division. The 43rd(Wessex) Infantry Division was reformed in 1947 in the Territorial Army. Division créée peu avant la première guerre mondiale en tant qu'unité territoriale formée de soldats de la région anglaise du Wessex.  Throughout the North West Europe Campaign the 43rd (Wessex) Division, like so many other Allied divisions that fought from Normandy to Germany, had suffered very heavy casualties with the majority of them, 80% in some units, being suffered by the average Tommy in the infantry battalions. Achetez neuf ou d'occasion 10th - 11th July 1944: Unit awarded Battle Honour: Subsequent designation: 4th Bn Wiltshire Regiment: Disbanded 1946 : Reformed 1947 : Cadreised 1967 : Reformed as H.Q. "badge, formation, 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division", http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30071750. Thomas, - Divisional Headquarters - 43rd (Gloucestershire) Reconnaissance Regiment, RAC - 8th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment (Machine Gun) - 43rd Provost Company - 43rd Divisional Signals (Transmissions) 129th Infantry Brigade (Brig. , The massive barrage stunned but failed to suppress the defenders from 10th SS Panzer Division.  Thomas was an effective but hard-driving commander, humourless and not universally liked, sometimes known as 'Butcher', or more jocularly by Lt-Gen Brian Horrocks and others as 'Von Thoma', after the German Lt-Gen Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma captured after the Battle of Alamein.  Generals Ivor Thomas and Brian Horrocks (who had just taken command of XXX Corps) were anxious to push on, and had already cancelled Operation Blackwater, designed to reach the River Noireau, because it was too risky with Mont Pinçon still in enemy hands.  Nevertheless, Maj-Gen Thomas replaced the commanding officer of 43rd Recce immediately after the battle. , The breakout achieved, XXX Corps drove flat out for the River Seine (Operation Loopy), with 43rd (W) Division sent ahead to make an assault crossing at Vernon. In 1961 the division became a district headquarters as 43rd (Wessex) Division/District, and it was disbanded on the reduction of the TA into the Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve on 1 April 1967, when many individual TA units lost their identities. , Wessex Divisional Engineers (joined 27th Division and served at Salonika), Divisional Royal Army Medical Corps (joined 8th Division and served on the Western Front), Wessex Divisional Transport & Supply Column, Army Service Corps, at Exeter (joined 29th Division and served at Gallipoli), On 29 July 1914 the Wessex Division was on Salisbury Plain carrying out its annual training camp when 'precautionary orders' were received, and next day the division took up emergency war stations in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. 1/4 Hampshires 2/4 Hampshires 5 Hampshires 129 Infantry Bde 3.9.39 - 31.8.45. A partir du 10 juillet, la division combat sur la Cote 112, où ses unités d'infanterie subissent de terribles pertes. , The Wessex Division was formed in Southern Command from TF units in the south-western counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. Some of the assault infantry rode in the DUKW amphibious trucks that were to carry them over the river. In May 1940 the division was preparing to go overseas to France to join the … Their radios had been inoperable, and the only communication link had been through 64th (London) Medium Regiment, RA, attached to 43rd (Wessex) Division. On 6 May 1945, the attack continued in the Bulacan area. Noté /5. Colonial and Dominion Armies: Infantry Divisions on 3 September 1939 at World War II Armed Forces. 43 (Wessex) Infantry Division (UK) Hits: 7445 . Abonnez-vous pour être averti des nouveaux articles publiés. Units serving with the 43rd (Wessex) Division enter the comparatively untouched village of Le Mesnil-Auzouf on the Caen-Vire N177 highway. , By early 1915 the need was growing for troops to be sent to various theatres of war, and the first drafts and formed units from the 1st Wessex Division began to go on active service, particularly to the Mesopotamian Front. 4th Somerset LI and 5th Wiltshires fought them off at Elst for 48 hours, the divisional artillery breaking up some of the attacks, and RAF medium bombers following up. , The whole of 23 September was taken up with getting support through to 5th DCLI and the Poles and in clearing the main road, though 43rd Recce Rgt was able to exploit westwards. The horizontal inscription reads 'All the way from Normandy'. It had under command the , In the aftermath of Market Garden, 43rd (Wessex) Division was stationed on 'the Island' (between the Rivers Waal and Nederrijn). It was a day of slow but steady progress against rifle and machine gun fire from commanding positions on the ridge in front, followed by another pre-dawn attack towards Ondefontaine, while 214th Brigade began working its way towards Mont Pinçon. Through this link the code word for the evacuation was passed, and during the night of 25/26 September a feint attack was made by 5th Wiltshires while around 2300 survivors of 1st Airborne and the Poles were ferried back to the south bank; few of 4th Dorsets made it back. An attached brigade of the 15th Infantry Division … In 2015 the Regiment was moved from the Operational … Infanterie-Division zur Heeresgruppe Süd in den Raum um Winniza verlegt. But many of the tanks and most of the supply vehicles got bogged down while 1st Worcesters were threading their way through Gilrath to form up for the second phase towards Tripsrath. Après s'être distinguée au cours de la première guerre, la division adopte en 1935 comme insigne divisionnaire le dragon héraldique (Wyvern ou vouivre en français). It was activated in 1920 as a National Guard Division in Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. After World War II a divisional Memorial Fund was established, with three aims: The Hill 112 memorial was erected by the divisional engineers and later taken over by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission with an endowment from the Memorial Fund. 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division at Hill 112, 10th July 1944 Major General Gwilym Ivo Thomas Commanding 43 HQ HEADQUARTERS ELEMENT Divisional Headquarters & HQ Defence Platoon BATTLEGROUP-01 129th Infantry Brigade - Brigadier GHL Mole BATTLEGROUP-02 130th Infantry Brigade - Brigadier ND Leslie BATTLEGROUP-03 214th Infantry Brigade – Brigadier H Essame … Heavy casualties and getting few supplies across, Somerset Light Infantry – 4th Battalion Wiltshire. 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