Over the years I have accumulated a near complete set of war diaries from the National Archives, covering the British Airborne Forces throughout the Second World War. This is a superb reference library, providing a daily record of everything that a particular unit was doing, whether in action overseas or training at home. Elements of these have been published on the website to help describe the various airborne operations, but this represents a mere fraction of the entire collection, which due to its sheer size, currently in excess of 23,000 pages, is unlikely to ever be made available on the site in any form.

 

It occurs to me that others could make excellent use of this material, so I would like to advertise what I have and offer it to anyone who would like a copy. As you might expect I am unable to do this for free, as the collection was an expensive 8 years in the making, and the maintenance and expansion of this website requires funding. Yet the fees are very reasonable in comparison to what it would cost to acquire these documents by visiting the National Archives in person or by hiring a private researcher. The fees are according to the number of pages in each document:

 

1-20 pages

21-100 pages

100+ pages

A memory stick of the entire collection

3

5

10

200

 

The war diaries are listed below, with the dates they span and the number of pages in brackets. The dates are believed to be a true indication of what is enclosed, but it is possible that a particular month was not included in the diary. If there is a specific date you are interested in, please get in touch so that I can check it is there.

 

The diaries contain the daily record of events and, where available, operation orders, reports, sketches, and select examples of the weekly officers roll. The level of detail in each diary is entirely dependant upon the author; a month can be summarised with a single page, or a dozen sheets to describe one day. Each page is a jpeg photograph of 1280x960 resolution, compressed to a file size of around 100 kb, but not to a degree which has had a detrimental impact on quality. A typical example can be seen here.

 

Disclaimer

When I was photographing these documents my goal was to take as many as I could in the time available, and as a result they are not perfectly framed, and a small few have defects; e.g. blurring due to a warped page in a file bound too tight, or missing words due to damaged or folded sheets which were not noticed at the time. On a rare occasion I discover that a page is missing, and some sections, largely concerning administrative policy, were deliberately omitted as they were not a priority at the time and I had limited space on my memory card. Also bear in mind that these are copies of the original documents; most of the pages are typed and very easy to read, but a good number have been handwritten and some of these are extremely difficult to decipher. If you would like to see a typical page from a specific diary, just let me know. In summary, this is a wonderful record, but it is neither perfect nor complete.

 

To Order

If you would like to request a document, email pegasusarchive@googlemail.com and tell me which file(s) you are interested in and your preferred method of payment - cheque, BACS or Paypal via the Donate page. I will then confirm the fee and whether there are any apparent quality concerns within the document. Once payment has been received the files will be emailed to you in zip format, or memory sticks posted first class.

 

Special Orders

If you are interested in a war diary which is not on this list and may not have any connection with the Airborne Forces at all, let me know and I will endeavour to acquire it for you. I will require payment of 50 in advance to cover one day's travel and one document, thereafter 10 per additional document.

 

1st British Airborne Corps1st Airborne Division6th Airborne Division44th (Indian) Airborne Division2nd Independent Parachute Brigade GroupGlider Pilot RegimentAir Despatch UnitsAssociated Units - ArnhemAssociated Units - NormandyAssociated Units - Rhine CrossingMiscellaneous.

 

 

1st British Airborne Corps

 

Corps Headquarters

        1944 - August (33)

Deputy Director Ordnance Services

        1944 - May to August, November (15)

 

 

1st Airborne Division

 

Divisional Headquarters (including Adjutant and Quartermaster Branch)

        1941 - December to 1942 - December (144)

        1943 - January to December (355)

        1944 - January to December (400)

        1945 - January to November (253)

Headquarters, Royal Artillery

        1942 - September to November, 1943 - April, July to November (11)

        1944 - March to December (18)

        1945 - January to November (66)

Headquarters, Royal Engineers

        1941 - November to 1942 - December (23)

        1943 - January to November (89)

        1944 - January to December (86)

        1945 - January to December (69)

Headquarters, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

        1942 - May to December (38)

        1943 - January to February, April to June (18)

        1944 - May to December (16)

        1945 - January to May (29)

Headquarters, Royal Army Medical Corps

        1941 - December to 1945 - November (208)

Headquarters, Royal Army Service Corps

        1942 - May to December (48)

        1943 - April to September (27)

        1944 - January to December (55)

        1945 - January to April, June to November (48)

 

1st Parachute Brigade

Headquarters

        1941 - September to December (10)

        1942 - January to September (57)

        1942 - November to 1943 - December (340)

        1944 - January to December (92)

        1945 - January to December (99)

Headquarters, Royal Army Medical Corps

        1945 - May to July (54)

1st Parachute Battalion

        1941 - July to 1942 - September (43)

        1942 - December to 1943 - December (85)

        1944 - January to December (40)

        1945 - January to February, November to December (24)

2nd Parachute Battalion

        1941 - October to 1942 - October (76)

        1942 - November to 1943 - December (240)

        1944 - January to December (149)

        1945 - January to December (60)

3rd Parachute Battalion

        1941 - September to 1942 - November (18)

        1942 - November to 1943 - July (44)

        1944 - January to December (25)

        1945 - January to March (11)

1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, RA

        1940 - July to 1941 - December (90)

        1942 - January to December (40)

        1943 - January to July (20)

        1944 - July to December (12)

        1945 - January to July (37)

1st Parachute Squadron, RE

        1941 - December to 1942 - December (40)

        1943 - January to December (99)

        1944 - January to December (25)

        1945 - January to August (18)

16th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

        1942 - April to 1944 - October (331)

1st Parachute Brigade Signals

        1942 - October to 1943 - July (268)

 

4th Parachute Brigade

Headquarters

        1942 - December to 1943 - December (89)

        1944 - January to September (43)

Defence Platoon

        1943 - September to October (43)

10th Parachute Battalion

        1943 - January to December (85)

        1944 - January to November (35)

11th Parachute Battalion

        1943 - March to December (37)

        1944 - January to October (29)

156th Parachute Battalion

        1942 - October to December (7)

        1943 - January to December (41)

        1944 - January to October (23)

2nd (Oban) Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, RA

        1942 - January to December (12)

        1943 - January to June (7)

        1944 - March to December (30)

        1945 - January to April (22)

4th Parachute Squadron, RE

        1943 - January to December (77)

        1944 - January to October (48)

133rd Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

        1943 - January to 1945 - November (148)

4th Parachute Brigade Signals

        1943 - January (20)

 

1st Airlanding Brigade

Headquarters

        1942 - January to December (114)

        1943 - January to December (190)

        1944 - January to December (95)

        1945 - January to November (131)

1st Battalion, The Border Regiment

        1940 - June to 1941 - December (75)

        1942 - January to December (24)

        1943 - January to December (125)

        1944 - January to December (62)

        1945 - January to December (91)

2nd Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment

        1940 - July to 1941 - December (35)

        1942 - January to December (27)

        1943 - January to April, June to December (76)

        1944 - January to December (84)

        1945 - January to December (67)

7th Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers

        1941 - January to December (27)

        1942 - January to December (26)

        1943 - January to December (44)

        1944 - January to December (96)

        1945 - January to November (68)

181st Airlanding Field Ambulance, RAMC

        1939 - December to 1945 - October (221)

1st Airlanding Light Aid Detachment, REME

        1943 - April to July (28)        

 

Divisional Units

1st Airlanding Light Regiment, RA

        1941 - February to December (33)

        1942 - January to December (44)

        1943 - February to August, November to December (42)

        1944 - August to December (45)

        1945 - January to September (13)

1st Anti-Tank Regiment, RA

        1945 - March to July (31)

No.1 Forward Observation Unit, RA

        1944 - June to December (43)

1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron

        1941 - December to 1942 - December (56)

        1943 - January to August, November to December (36)

        1944 - February to December (99)

        1945 - January to September (72)

1st Airborne Divisional Signals

        1943 - February to April, November to December (24)

        1944 - May to December (122)

        1945 - January to November (68)

9th Field Company, RE

        1940 - June to 1941 - December (78)

        1942 - January to December (26)

        Operation Freshman war crimes files (282)

        1943 - January to December (51)

        1944 - January to December (44)

        1945 - January to December (25)

21st Independent Parachute Company

        1942 - June to December (8)

        1943 - January to December (26)

        1944 - January to December (40)

        1945 - January, May to December (14)

93rd Composite Company, RASC

        1943 - January to May, July to October (36)

        1944 - January to December (59)

        1945 - January to December (27)

250th Light Composite Company, RASC

        1943 - January to December (66)

        1944 - January to December (63)

        1945 - January to December (81)

261st Field Park Company, RE

        1939 - September to 1941 - December (58)

        1943 - January to December (33)

        1944 - January to December (53)

        1945 - January to December (51)        

1st Airborne Ordnance Field Park, RAOC

        1942 - April to December (38)

        1943 - January to February, May to December (54)

        1944 - January to December (42)

        1945 - January to November (61)

1st Airborne Divisional Workshops, REME

        1943 - July to December (12)

        1944 - January to December (35)

        1945 - May to November (20)

1st Airborne Provost Company, CMP

        1943 - May to December (25)

        1944 - January to September (14)

        1945 - January to September (22)

1st Airborne Postal Unit, RE

        1942 - June to December (7)

        1943 - January to March, May to October (18)

        1944 - January to December (14)

        1945 - January to November (27)

 

 

6th Airborne Division

 

Divisional Headquarters (including Adjutant and Quartermaster Branch)

        1943 - May to August (50)

        1944 - January to December (186)

        1945 - January to August (76)

Headquarters, Royal Artillery

        1943 - May to October (2)

        1944 - January to December (8)

        1945 - January to September (46)

Headquarters, Royal Army Service Corps

        1944 - June to July (16)

        1945 - January to May (98)

Headquarters, Royal Engineers

        1943 - May to December (20)

        1944 - January to December (112)

        1945 - January to August (29)

Headquarters, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

        1943 - September to December (11)

        1944 - January to December (11)

        1945 - January to August (15)

Headquarters, Royal Army Medical Corps

        1943 - June to 1946 - June (109)

 

3rd Parachute Brigade

Headquarters

        1942 - November to 1943 - December (33)

        1944 - January to December (79)

        1945 - January to August (70)

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

        1943 - August to December (21)

        1944 - January to December (42)

        1945 - January to June (52)

8th Parachute Battalion

        1943 - January to December (28)

        1944 - January to December (117)

        1945 - January to May (46)

9th Parachute Battalion

        1942 - November to December (8)

        1943 - January to December (58)

        1944 - January to December (103)

        1945 - January to December (73)

3rd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, RA

        1944 - February to December (59)

        1945 - January to April (21)

3rd Parachute Squadron, RE

        1943 - January to December (34)

        1944 - January to December (65)

        1945 - January to May, July to December (84)

        1946 - January to June (38)

224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

        1940 - August to 1943 - December (105)

        1944 - January to 1945 - May (210)

 

5th Parachute Brigade

Headquarters

        1943 - June to December (19)

        1944 - January to December (100)

        1945 - January to May, July to December (97)

        1946 - January to August (68)

7th Parachute Battalion

        1942 - November to December (9)

        1943 - January to December (46)

        1944 - January to December (141)

        1945 - January to May, July to December (72)

        1946 - January to June (46)

12th Parachute Battalion

        1943 - June to December (23)

        1944 - January to December (62)

        1945 - January to December (104)

        1946 - January to June (13)

13th Parachute Battalion

        1943 - January to December (24)

        1944 - January to December (79)

        1945 - January to April, September to December (63)

        1946 - January to December (18)

        Mutiny - (19)

4th Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, RA

        1944 - February to December (39)

        1945 - January to April (10)

591st Parachute Squadron, RE

        1940 - October to 1941 - December (11)

        1942 - January to December (25)

        1943 - January to December (12)

        1944 - January to December (16)

        1945 - January to March (15)

225th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

        1940 - November to 1943 - January (88)

        1943 - June to December (15)

        1944 - January to 1947 - August (146)

 

6th Airlanding Brigade

Headquarters

        1943 - May to December (21)

        1944 - January to December (171)

        1945 - January to September (227)

1st Battalion, The Royal Ulster Rifles

        1940 - August to 1941 - December (97)

        1942 - January to December (30)

        1943 - January to December (25)

        1944 - January to December (223)

        1945 - January to March (36)

2nd Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

        1940 - July to 1941 - December (39)

        1942 - January to December (71)

        1943 - January to December (85)

        1944 - January to December (132)

        1945 - January to May (42)

12th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment

        1941 - November to 1942 - December (90)

        1943 - January to December (19)

        1943 - January to December (67)

        1943 - January to May  (64)

249th Field Company, RE

        1943 - January to December (48)

        1944 - January to December (104)

        1945 - January to May (82)

195th Airlanding Field Ambulance, RAMC

        1940 - June to 1943 - December (99)

        1944 - January to 1945 - May (124)

 

Divisional Units

53rd Airlanding Light Regiment, RA

        1944 - January to December (112)

        1945 - January to September (102)

2nd Airlanding Anti-Tank Regiment, RA

        1945 - February to May (33)

2nd Airlanding Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, RA

        1944 - February to 1945 - January (22)

No.2 Forward Observation Unit, RA

        1944 - August to September (5)

6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, RAC

        1942 - June to December (17)

        1943 - January to December (43)

        1944 - January to December (47)

        1945 - January to July (63)

6th Airborne Divisional Signals

        1943 - May to December (27)

        1944 - June to September (24)

        1944 - December to 1945 - April (60)

22nd Independent Parachute Company

        1943 - October to December (6)

        1944 - January to December (29)

        1945 - January to April, July to December (30)

        1946 - January to August (44)

63rd Composite Company, RASC

        1942 - January to December (51)

        1944 - January to December (37)

        1945 - January to April (26)

398th Composite Company, RASC

        1943 - January to December (46)

        1944 - January to December (5)

        1945 - January to April (32)

716th Light Composite Company, RASC

        1943 - June to December (13)

        1944 - January to December (47)

        1945 - January to May (36)

286th Field Park Company, RE

        1943 - January to December (14)

        1944 - January to December (24)

        1945 - January to July (14)

6th Airborne Ordnance Field Park, RAOC

        1943 - September to December (4)

        1944 - January to December (41)

        1945 - January to September (52)

6th Airborne Divisional Workshops, REME

        1944 - January to December (62)

        1945 - January to September (31)

6th Airborne Provost Company, CMP

        1943 - May to December (26)

        1944 - January to December (45)

        1945 - January to July (37)

6th Airborne Postal Unit, RE

        1943 - August to December (26)

        1944 - January to December (24)

        1945 - January to September (13)

 

 

44th (Indian) Airborne Division

 

Divisional Headquarters

        1944 - December to 1945 - December (32)

Headquarters, Royal Artillery

        1944 - November to 1945 - December (28)

Headquarters, Royal Engineers

        1944 - October to 1945 - December (14)

Headquarters, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

        1944 - November to December (9)

        1945 - January to December (42)

Headquarters, Royal Army Service Corps

        1944 - September to 1945 - December (26)

 

50th (Indian) Parachute Brigade

Headquarters

        1944 - March to July (81)

16th Parachute Battalion

        1945 - April to June (5)

152nd (Indian) Parachute Battalion

        1944 - February to July (86)

441st Parachute Squadron, RE

        1944 - March to December (33)

        1945 - January to February (3)

 

77th (Indian) Parachute Brigade

15th Parachute Battalion

        1945 - April to December (25)

        1946 - January to October (67)

 

14th Airlanding Brigade

2nd Battalion, The Black Watch

        1942 - April to December (106)

        1943 - January to December (119)

        1944 - January to December (120)

        1945 - January to December (88)

6th Battalion, The 16th Punjab Regiment

        1941 - December to 1942 - December (22)

        1943 - January to December (12)

        1944 - January to May (5)

        1945 - February to August (13)

 

Divisional Units

159th Parachute Field Regiment, RA

        1945 - January to December (47)

12th Parachute Squadron, RE

        1945 - May to December (19)

        1946 - January to October (20)

80th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

        1944 - March to 1945 - September (15)

44th Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron

        1945 - July (2)

44th Airborne Divisional Signals

        1944 - September to December (15)

        1945 - January to December (43)

44th Airborne Pathfinder Company

        1945 - June to December (43)

        1946 - January to February (15)

44th Airborne Provost Company

        1945 - August to November (4)

 

 

2nd Independent Parachute Brigade Group

 

Brigade Headquarters

        1942 - July to December (9)

        1943 - January to December (96)

        1944 - January to December (254)

        1945 - January to June (98)

4th Parachute Battalion

        1942 - January to December (66)

        1943 - January to December (117)

        1944 - January to December (156)

        1945 - January to June (56)

5th Parachute Battalion

        1942 - July to December (8)

        1943 - January to December (89)

        1944 - January to December (271)

        1945 - January to June (58)

6th Parachute Battalion

        1942 - August to December (8)

        1943 - January to February, April to December (61)

        1944 - January to December (138)

        1945 - January to June (31)

64th Airlanding Light Battery, RA

        1944 - May to December (108)

        1945 - January to May (53)

300th Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, RA

        1941 - October (11)

        1943 - January to December (34)

        1944 - January to December (59)

        1945 - January to May (16)

2nd Parachute Squadron, RE

        1943 - January to February, April to December (46)

        1944 - January to December (148)

        1945 - January to June (32)

127th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

        1944 - October to December (11)

        1945 - September to 1946 - June (49)

1st Independent Parachute Platoon

        1944 - January to December (60)

        1945 - January to June (17)

751 Composite Company, RASC

        1943 - November to December (13)

        1944 - January to December (137)

        1945 - January to May (35)

2nd Parachute Brigade Workshops, REME

        1943 - November to December (10)

        1944 - January to December (60)

        1945 - January to June (21)

2nd Parachute Brigade Provost Unit, CMP

        1944 - May to December (24)

        1945 - January to June (11)

 

 

The Glider Pilot Regiment

 

Headquarters

        1944 - June to December (151)

        1945 - January to August (258)

No.1 Wing

        1942 - July to December (34)

        1943 - July to December (33)

        1944 - January to December (193)

        1945 - January to December (292)

No.2 Wing

        1942 - August to December (20)

        1944 - April to December (34)

        1945 - January to October (21)

1st Independent Glider Pilot Squadron (2nd Parachute Brigade)

        1943 - December to 1944 - December (22)

        1945 - January to May (9)

10th Glider Pilot Squadron (44th (Indian) Airborne Division)

        1945 - January to February (15)

 

 

Air Despatch Units

 

48 Air Despatch Group

Headquarters

        1944 - July to December (26)

        1945 - January to December (40)

223rd Composite Company, RASC

        1944 - January to December (39)

        1945 - March to December (21)

799th Composite Company, RASC

        1944 - May to December (64)

        1945 - January to February (8)

800th Composite Company, RASC

        1944 - May to December (47)

        1945 - January to December (53)

 

49 Air Despatch Group

Headquarters

        1944 - July to December (35)

        1945 - January to August (49)

63rd Composite Company, RASC (see 6th Airborne Division)

253rd Composite Company, RASC

        1943 - January to April, July to December (84)

        1944 - January to December (89)

        1945 - January to November (76)

 

Other Units

165th Composite Company, RASC

        1944 - January to December (30)

        1945 - January to March (7)

 

 

Associated Units - Arnhem

 

4th Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment

        1944 - September (10)

52nd Heavy Regiment, RA

        1944 - September (5)

64th Medium Regiment, RA

        1944 - September (24)

84th Medium Regiment, RA

        1944 - September (42)

5th Field Company, RCE

        1944 - September (12)

20th Field Company, RCE

        1944 - September (17)

23rd Field Company, RCE

        1944 - September (11)

204th Field Company, RE

        1944 - September (7)

260th Field Company, RE

        1944 - September (9)

 

 

Associated Units - Normandy

 

1st Special Service Brigade

Headquarters

        1944 - June to September (14)

Signals

        1944 - June to September (14)

No.3 Commando

        1944 - June to September (155)

No.4 Commando

        1944 - May to September (26)

No.6 Commando

        1944 - May to September (48)

        1945 - January to November (164)

No.45 (Royal Marine) Commando

        1944 - June to August (26)

 

4th Special Service Brigade

Headquarters

        1944 - June to 10th September (132)

No.41 (Royal Marine) Commando

        1944 - June to 13th September (36)

No.46 (Royal Marine) Commando

        1944 - June to 16th September (43)

No.47 (Royal Marine) Commando

        1944 - June to September (21)

No.48 (Royal Marine) Commando

        1944 - June to 13th September (57)

 

51st Highland Division

1st Battalion The Black Watch

        1944 - 9th to 30th June (9)

5th Battalion The Black Watch

        1944 - June (13)

7th Battalion The Black Watch

        1944 - June (16)

7th Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

        1944 - June (7)

 

Other Units

1st Battalion The Buckinghamshire Regiment

        1944 - 27th July to 31st August (15)

2nd Battalion The Warwickshire Regiment

        1944 - 4th to 8th June (5)

13th/18th Royal Hussars

        1944 - June (10)

53rd Medium Regiment, RA

        1944 - June (21)

60th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA

        1944 - August (2)

65th Medium Regiment, RA

        1944 - June to 9th September (34)

107th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA

        1944 - June to 8th September (10)

150th Field Regiment, RA

        1944 - June to 6th September (34)

191st Field Regiment, RA

        1944 - June to 20th September (11)

 

 

Associated Units - Rhine Crossing

 

6th Guards (Tank) Brigade

Headquarters

        1945 - March to May (90)

3rd Battalion The Scots Guards

        1945 - March to May (30)

4th Battalion The Coldstream Guards

        1945 - March to May (84)

4th Battalion The Grenadier Guards

        1945 - March to May (24)

229th Company, RASC

        1945 - March to May (23)

 

Other Units

15th (Scottish) Reconnaissance Regiment

        1945 - March to May (27)

44th Battalion The Royal Tank Regiment

        1945 - March (21)

Inns of Court Regiment

        1945 - March to May (61)

The Royal Scots Greys

        1945 - March to May (35)

6th Field Regiment, RA

        1945 - March to May (19)

10th Survey Regiment, RA

        1945 - March to May (102)

25th Field Regiment, RA

        1945 - March to May (46)

63rd Anti-Tank Regiment, RA

        1945 - March to May (33)

100th Field Company, RE

        1945 - March to May (24)

19th (General Transport) Company, RASC

        1945 - March to May (40)

104th (Army Transport) Company, RASC

        1945 - April to May (37)

648th (Army Transport) Company, RASC

        1945 - March to May (19)

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

No.1 Air Composite Platoon, RASC

        1945 - February to October (33)

No.2 Air Composite Platoon, RASC

        1945 - February to October (46)

Technical Drawings of the Tetrarch Light Tank (9)