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Canada mobilized six MG Battalions in 1939, assigning one to each Infantry Brigade.  In January 1941, this was changed to just one MG Battalion per Infantry Division.  Since the country followed British structure, it's a safe bet the UK had this type of unit in 1939, if not earlier.






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It's been a bit of a nightmare to collate, but here's my first attempt at a timeline for the North African campaign.


Feedback and corrections welcome as ever.


If anyone can shed any more light on the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades in 1940-41 I'd be very grateful, as I'm sure the 7th and 8th Hussars couldn't be in two places at once!


Apologies for the enormous image size. You might have to open them in a new tab to view them properly.


Middle East - Armoured Divisions





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Once again fantastic work and thanks from me for doing this

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Great news - off to check it out now


All the best


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Hi Squarebev


I've used your information to work out the markings for my Tortoise and I'm sure I'll use it again. This info is fascinating and invaluable. Thank you for all your work and I like the layout. The pop out images are excellent to work off.


Thank you 👍🏻 and enjoy your coffee 😁



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Quick one today.


New information has recently come to light regarding the AoS markings of both the 4th and the 33rd Armoured Brigades. Specifically, that the 4th use green/blue markings rather than the standard red, and that the generally-accepted numbers used by the 33rd after their reorganisation in August/September 1944 are in fact all wrong.


As such, I’ve updated both the AoS diagrams and the Timeline for Independent Brigades.



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Good news! I've finally got my hands on a copy of the expanded edition of Hodges and Taylor. It contains a LOT of extra information, especially covering North Africa and Italy.

Once I've finished the OOB visual timeline I should be able to make quite a few updates to the Division and Corps AoS diagrams.

Stay tuned!

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