National Archives catalogue number WO 171/4160.

 

Abbreviation

189487

AARR

A/B

Adm

AGRA

Airldg

Airtps

A/L

Amb

AOP

Armd

Arty

Aslt

A Tk

Att

BC

Bde

Bldg

BMRA

Br

Brit

Bty

C 3 and 3
Cdn

Cdo

CM

CMO

Comd
Comp

Coy

CP

CRA

DD

Det

DF

Div

DR

DZ

Elt

Eqpt

Est

Fd

Flt

Fmn

FOO

FOU

Gen

Gp

HQRA

Incl

Inf

Infm

Instr

Int

Intercomn

Junc

L

Ldg

LO

Lt

LZ

Med

OC

Offr

OO

Op

Pdr

Pl

Posn

R

RA

RASC

Rd

RE

Regt

Regtl

Rep

Res

Rly

RV

S

Sec

Sigs

SP

Sqn

Sta

Tac

TAF

Tgt

Tk

Tp

Wrls

WS

WY

X, Y, Z

Map Reference

Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment

Airborne

Administration

Army Group Royal Artillery

Airlanding

Airborne Troops

Airlanding

Ambulance
Air Observation Post

Armoured

Artillery

Assault

Anti-Tank

Attached

Battery Captain

Brigade

Building

Brigade Major Royal Artillery

Bridge

British

Battery

Believed to be "Strength - 3 Officers and 3 Other Ranks)

Canadian

Commando

Counter Mortar

Counter Mortar Officer

Command

Composite

Company

Command Post

Commander Royal Artillery

Duplex Drive
Detachment

Defensive Fire

Division / Divisional

Despatch Rider

Drop Zone

Element

Equipment

Establish

Field

Flight

Formation

Forward Observation Officer

Forward Observation Unit

General

Group

Headquarters Royal Artillery

Inclusive
Infantry

Information

Instruction

Intelligence

Intercommunication

Junction

Lowland

Landing
Liaison Officer

Light

Landing Zone

Medium

Officer Commanding

Officer

Operation Order

Operation / Observation Post (if upper case)

Pounder

Platoon

Position

Royal

Royal Artillery

Royal Army Service Corps
Road

Royal Engineers

Regiment

Regimental

Representative

Reserve
Railway

Rendezvous

Scottish

Section

Signals

Self-Propelled / Support (if lower case)

Squadron

Station

Tactical

Tactical Air Force

Target

Tank

Troop

Wireless

Wireless Set

Worcestershire Yeomanry

Killed, Wounded, Missing

 

 

Month and year : March 1945

Commanding Officer : Brig W. McC. T. Faithfull

 

1st March 1945

Place: U.K.

 

Locations

HQ RA - Syrencot House, Nr Netheravon, Wilts.

53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt - Malborough Barracks, Bulford, Wilts.

2 Airldg A tk Regt, formed 22 Feb 45 to include 3, 4 and 6 Airldg A tk Btys, - Malborough Barracks, Bulford, Wilts.

No.2 F.O.U. - Figsbury Barracks, Winterbourne Dauntsey, Wilts.

 

1400 - Demonstration at Old Sarum of Halifax A tk drop with Jeep and gun.

 

2nd March 1945

0900 to 1700 - No.2 F.O.U. Firing exercise, observation of fire, Larkhill.

 

3rd March 1945

6 Airldg A tk Bty RA practice shoot Backballs Firs.

 

4th March 1945

6 Airldg A tk Bty RA practice shoot Backballs Firs.

 

9th March 1945

6 Airldg A tk Bty RA practice shoot Backballs Firs.

 

1115 - Demonstration, School of Artillery of light Radar Eqpt used in CM role.  CRA's rep attended BRA's conference Second Army.

 

10th March 1945

No.2 F.O.U. Observation of Fire exercise, Larkhill.

 

11th March 1945

1000 - CRA left for Corps conference, 12 Corps.

 

12th March 1945

6 Airborne Div Operation Order No.7 issued.

 

0900 to 1700 - 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt. Fire and Movement exercise, Larkhill.  RA support net exercise, Salisbury Plain area.

 

13th March 1945

0900 to 1700 - 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt, Fire and Movement exercise, Larkhill.

 

14th March 1945

0900 to 1700 - 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt, 2 x 12 gun Bty deployment exercise, Larkhill.  RA Support Net exercise.  Demonstration School of Artillery, coloured smoke.  2 Airldg A tk Regt RA firing exercise Kimmeridge.

 

15th March 1945

2 Airldg A tk Regt RA firing exercise Kimmeridge.  RA 6 Airborne Div Adm Instr No.1 issued.

 

16th March 1945

2 Airldg A tk Regt RA firing exercise, Kimmeridge.

 

2345 - RA 6 Airborne Div Op Order No.7 issued.

 

18th March 1945

0200 - RA 6 Airborne Div Adm Instr No.2 issued.

 

1400 - RA 6 Airborne Div Movement Table issued.

 

20th March 1945

0800 - Move to concentration areas; see Adm Instr No.1.

 

22nd March 1945

Gliders loading completed.

 

24th March 1945

0630 to 0800 - Emplaned at airfields.

 

Place: Germany

 

1020 to 1200 - Landings made on East bank of R.RHINE in areas A 1847, 1947, 1848, 1948.

 

1145 - HQRA established at A.189487.

 

1400 - All Bdes reported on objectives.

 

1600 - 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt have 11 guns in action in A.1848.  2 Airldg A tk Regt - number unknown.

 

25th March 1945

HQRA established at A.194478.

 

Under command:-

53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt RA

2 Airldg A tk Regt RA

2 FOU

146 SP A tk Bty RA

25 Fd Regt RA

6 Fd Regt RA

 

1800 - C and S State

HQRA

        C  3 and 3

        X  0 and 1

        Y  0 and 0

        Z  1 and 2

Sigs Att.

        C  1 and 8

        X  0 and 0

        Y  0 and 2

        Z  0 and 3

53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt

        C  22 and 150

        X  1 and 8

        Y  5 and 26

        Z  6 and 49

        ZR  5 and 63

2 Airldg A tk Regt

        C  12 and 187

        X  1 and 15

        Y  2 and 12

        Z  4 and 113

 

26th March 1945

HQRA location A 194478

 

27th March 1945

HQRA location Grenzerhorst A 2445.

 

28th March 1945

HQRA location A 3849.

 

Under command

53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt

2 Airldg A tk Regt

2 FOU

25 Fd Regt

 

29th March 1945

HQRA location RHODE A 444506

 

Under command

53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt

2 Airldg A tk Regt

2 FOU

25 Fd Regt

61 Med Regt RA

63 Med Regt RA (less 144 SP Bty)

Det 10 Survey Regt RA

ACBO

In support

A Flt 659 Air OP Sqn

 

30th March 1945

HQRA location A 720768 (Nr BILLERBACK)

 

C and S States as at 312359

HQRA     C  5 and 10

52 Airldg Lt Regt    C 31 and 542

2 Airldg A tk Regt    C  8 and 250

2 FOU    C  6 and 63

25 Fd Regt    C 39 and 688

ABCO    C  1 and 12

 

X, Y, Z, ZR - Nil in all cases.

 

 

Month and year : April 1945

Commanding Officer : Brig W. McC. T. Faithfull

 

1st April 1945

Place: Germany

 

HQRA location GRAVEN A.925890.

 

Under command -

53 Airldg Lt Regt RA

2 Airldg A tk Regt RA

2 FOU

25 Fd Regt RA

61 Med Regt RA

63 Med Regt RA (less 144 SP Bty)

Det 10 Survey Regt RA

ACBO

In support

A Flt 659 AOP Sqn

 

2nd April 1945

HQRA established at LANGERICH B.085990.

 

3rd April 1945

RA 6 Airborne Div Op Order No.8 issued.

 

4th April 1945

HQRA established at BLASHEIM B.567124.

 

5th April 1945

1200 - Tac HQRA moved to HARRIESTADT B.795193 for crossing of WESER.

 

1800 - Main HQRA moved to HARRIESTADT.

 

6th April 1945

HQRA location HARRIESTADT.  RA 6 Airborne Div Op Order No.9 issued.

 

7th April 1945

2000 - Tac HQRA moved to HAGENBURG X 083275.

 

8th April 1945

0800 - HQRA established STEINHUDE X 099299.

 

Under command -

53 Airldg Lt Regt RA, harbouring at X 035252

2 Airldg A tk Regt RA.  X 100299

2 FOU

25 Fd Regt RA X 129303

6 Fd Regt RA X 145295

61 Med Regt RA X 105303

In support

Det 10 Survey Regt RA

A Flt 659 A OP Sqn X 142304

ACBO X 099299

Tp 587 ML Bty RA X 085285

 

9th April 1945

Brheads at NEUSTADT C!1736 and BORDENAU X.1830.  RA 6 Airborne Div Op Order No.10 issued.

 

10th April 1945

Brheads enlarged.

 

Locations:

HQ RA X.099299

53 (WY) Lt Regt RA X.292296

2 A tk Regt RA X.300299

2 FOU, 25 Fd Regt RA

6 Fd Regt RA

61 Med Regt RA.

 

11th April 1945

Under command -

HQ RA X.899299

53 (WY) Lt Regt X.292296

2 A tk Regt RA X.300299

2 FOU X.085275

6 Fd Regt RA X.145295

 

12th April 1945

Locations as for 11 Apr 45.  212/53 Lt Regt RA operated in sp 8 Para Bn in area HELLENDORF X3543 clearing woods.

 

13th April 1945

Locations as for 11 Apr 45.

 

14th April 1945

HQ RA harboured in woods X6660.

 

15th April 1945

Under command:

HQ RA harbouring in woods X6660.

53 (WY) Lt Regt

2 A tk Regt

2 FOU

25 Fd Regt  61 Med Regt  251/63 A tk Regt

 

16th April 1945

6 Airborne Div moved fwd to take over on left of 15 (S) Div.

 

1600 - Locations:

HQ RA

2 A tk Regt RA

53 (WY) Lt Regt RA

2 FOU

6 Fd Regt

X897794

X920797

X897794

X912786

X877840

 

17th April 1945

0900 - Locations:

HQ RA

53 (WY) Lt Regt RA

2 A tk Regt RA

2 FOU

6 Fd Regt RA

25 Fd Regt RA

61 Med Regt RA

X912786

X956854 in sp 6 Airldg Bde

X920797

X912786

X877840

X946838 in sp 3 Para Bde

X949820

 

1800 - Locations:

HQ RA

53 (WY) Lt Regt

2 A tk Regt

2 FOU

6 Fd Regt

25 Fd Regt

61 Med Regt

X940840

X972903

X954849

X912786

X951874

X946838

X956855

6 Fd and 61 Med engaged in sp of 15 (S) Div attack on ÜLZEN.

 

18th April 1945

Locations:

HQ RA

53 (WY) Lt Regt RA

2 A tk Regt RA

2 FOU

6 Fd Regt RA

25 Fd Regt RA

61 Med Regt RA

A Flt 659 AOP Sqn

X940840

Y033923

X954849

X912786

X951874

X946838

Y005905

X912786

 

19th April 1945

25 Fd and 61 Med departed from under comd.  Other locations remain as before.

 

20th April 1945

No change in locations.

 

21st April 1945

No change in locations.

 

22nd April 1945

Div area taken over by 5 (Br) Div.

 

23rd April 1945

RA 6 Airborne Div moved into conc area.  Locations:

HQ RA

53 (WY) Lt Regt

2 A tk Regt RA

2 FOU

6 Fd Regt RA

X788128

X845017

C825990

C845992

X813034

 

RA 6 Airborne Div Adm Instr No.3 issued.

 

24th April 1945

0945 - RA 6 Airborne Div Op Instr No.12 issued.

 

25th April 1945

No change in location.

 

26th April 1945

No change in location.  6 Fd Regt departed from under comd.

 

28th April 1945

1830 - RA 6 Airborne Div Op Instr No.13 issued.

 

2300 - RA 6 Airborne Div Adm Instr No.4 issued.

 

30th April 1945

Locations

HQ RA

53 (WY) Lt Regt

2 Airldg A tk Regt

2 FOU

BUCKHORST X887361

X882383

BUCHORST X888361

BUCHORST X887301

Under command

6 Fd Regt RA

92 Fd Regt RA

 

 

Month and year : May 1945

Commanding Officer : Brig W. McC. T. Faithfull

 

1st May 1945

Place: Germany

 

Locations:-

HQ RA

53 (WY) Lt Regt

2 A/L A tk Regt

2 FOU

X887361

X882383

X888361

X887301

Under command

6 Field Regt

92 Field Regt

 

1500 - 92 Field Regt departed from under command.  25 Field Regt came under command.

 

1800 - Locations:-

HQ RA

53 Lt Regt

2 A/L A tk Regt

2 FOU

6 Field Regt

25 Field Regt

X992357

X933379

X992356

X990356

X985355

X008355

 

2nd May 1945

0105 - RA 6 A/B Div Op Order No.14 issued.  RA 6 A/B Division, supporting 6 A/B Division, advanced to the BALTIC with under command:-

HQRA

53 (WY) Lt Regt RA

2 A/L A tk Regt RA

2 FOU

6 Fd Regt RA

25 Fd Regt RA

472 FA Group US comprising:-

     351 FA Bn

     748 FA Bn

T 460946

T 471834

T 461946

T 461947

T 455905

T 451938

T 395866

T 409890

T 393847

 

Russians contacted.

 

3rd May 1945

No change in locations.

 

4th May 1945

53 (WY) Lt Regt location T 400828.

 

5th May 1945

RA 6 Airborne Div Admin Instr No.5 issued.

 

1800 - 25 Fd Regt RA departed from under command.

 

9th May 1945

0001 - GERMANY signed terms of unconditional surrender.

 

11th May 1945

257 A tk Bty departed from under command.

 

13th May 1945

351 FA Bn departed from under command.

 

15th May 1945

472 FA Group, less 748 FA Bn, departed from under command.  RA 6 Airborne Division Admin Instr No.6 issued.

 

16th May 1945

748 FA Bn departed from under command.  RA 6 Airborne Division Admin Instr No.7 issued.

 

17th May 1945

RA 6 Airborne Division Admin Instr No.8 issued.  RA 6 Airborne Division Advance party left LUNEBURG for NETHERAVON.  RA 6 Airborne Division Advance party arrived NETHERAVON.  53 Airldg Lt Regt and 2 FOU departed WISMAR and arrived LUNEBURG.

 

18th May 1945

6 Fd Regt RA departed from under command.  HQRA and 2 A tk Regt departed WISMAR and arrived LUNEBURG.  53 Airldg Lt Regt and 2 FOU departed LUNEBURG and arrived SULINGEN (W 7254).

 

19th May 1945

HQRA and 2 Airldg A tk Regt departed LUNEBURG and arrived SULINGEN (W 7254).  53 Airldg Lt Regt and 2 FOU departed SULINGEN and arrived GOCH.

 

20th May 1945

HQRA and 2 Airldg A tk Regt departed SULINGEN and arrived GOCH.  53 Airldg Lt Regt and 2 FOU departed GOCH and arrived LOUVAIN.

 

21st May 1945

HQRA and 2 Airldg A tk Regt departed GOCH and arrived LOUVAIN.  53 Lt Regt and 2 FOU departed LOUVAIN and arrived OSTEND.

 

22nd May 1945

HQRA and 2 Airldg A tk Regt departed LOUVAIN and arrived OSTEND.

 

23rd May 1945

HQRA embarked at OSTEND and 2 FOU CALAIS.

 

24th May 1945

HQRA disembarked TILBURY and arrived BULFORD.  53 Airldg Lt Regt embarked at CALAIS, disembarked at DOVER and arrived BULFORD.  2 FOU disembarked DOVER and arrived BULFORD.

 

27th May 1945

2 A tk Regt embarked CALAIS.  2 A tk Regt disembarked DOVER and arrived BULFORD.

 

28th to 29th May 1945

Units on Bulk leave.

 

 

Appendix 2

 

NOT TO BE TAKEN INTO THE AIR ON 'D' DAY

 

TOP SECRET

Copy No 31

[?]

VARSITY - PLUNDER

 

RA 6 AIRBORNE DIV OO No.7

 

Ref Maps: GSGS GERMANY: 1/250000 Sheets 2A, 3A, K52

                                                 1/100,000 sheets R1, Q1

                                                 1/25000 sheets 4204, 4205, 4206, 4305, 4304, 4306.

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Part I.

 

1.  INFM

1.  Enemy

    See latest Int Summaries and ISUMS.

 

2.  Own Tps

    (a) 12 Corps -

            (i) 15 (S) Div is aslting on two Bde front in the gen areas BISLICH 1442 and NEHR 1248 - HAFFEN 1149 at H hr on D day.  Subsequently 15 (S) Div will capture brs over the ISSEL West of DINGDEN 2253 and relieve 6 Brit Airborne Div in area HAMMINKELN 2048.

            (ii) 1 Cdo Bde is to aslt in the area of GRAV INSEL 1841 and H - 2 hrs D Day and captured WESEL 2240.

    (b) 30 Corps is aslting in the vicinity of REES, 0752.

    (c) NINTH US Army is co-operating SOUTH of WESSEL 2240 especially as regards fire sp.

    (d) RAF BOMBER COMD are bombing WESEL 2240 prior to H hr.  2 TAF and 12 Corps arty are harassing and destroying flak posns EAST of the RHINE on the 12 Corps front from H hr.  For further details of air sp see appx D.

    (e) XVIII US Corps (Airborne) with under comd 6 Brit Airborne Div and 17 US Div (Airborne) is to land at P hr on D Day EAST of the R RHINE on 12 Corps [front? - remainder of sentence unreadable].

 

3.  Additional Tps

    (a) The following units are coming under comd 6 Airborne Div after link up with ground forces in the following priority:-

            One sqn 44 R Tks (less 17-pdr tks) equipped with DD tks.

            One SP A Tk Bty (twelve SP M10 17-pdrs).

            One fd regt RA (approx D+1).

    (b) Arty allotment shown on Appx A att.

 

TASK OF 6 AIRBORNE DIV

4.  6 Airborne Div is to seize, clear and hold the SCHNEPPENBERG feature 1646 and the village of HAMMINKELN 2048 together with the brs over R ISSEL at 223485, 217497 and 216500.

 

METHOD

5.  Gen Outline

            RIGHT - 6 Airldg Bde Gp.

            CENTRE - 5 Para Bde Gp.

            LEFT - 3 Para Bde Gp.

 

6.  Grouping

    (a) 3 Para Bde -

            Comd : Brig SJL HILL, DSO, MC.

            Under Comd -

                    One 6-pdr tp 3 Airldg A Tk Bty RA

                    One tp 3 Para Sqn RE

                    224 Para Fd Amb

            In sp -

                    Three Fd Regts - 52 (L) Div Arty Gp.

    (b) 5 Para Bde -

            Comd : Brig JHN POETT, DSO.

            Under Comd -

                    4 Airldg A Tk Bty RA (8 x 17-pdr, 8 x 6-pdr)

                    One tp 591 Para Sqn RE

                    225 Para Fd Amb.

            In sp -

                    One bty (12 x 75mm) 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt RA.

                    One med regt RA - 52 (L) Div arty gp.

    (c) 6 Airldg Bde Gp -

            Comd : Brig RH BELLAMY, DSO.

            Under Comd -

                    3 Airldg A Tk Bty RA (less two 6-pdr and one 17-pdr sec - total in sp - 6 x 17-pdr).

                    Det 591 Para Sqn RE

                    195 Airldg Fd Amb

            In sp -

                    One Med Regt RA - 52 (L) Div arty gp.

                    One bty (12 x 75mm) 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt RA.

    (d) Div Res -

                    Two lt tk tps 6 Airborne Armd Recce Regt

                    Two para pls 716 Comp Coy (Airborne Lt) RASC

                    One tp 6-pdr 3 Airldg A Tk Bty RA

                    One sec 17-pdr 3 Airldg A Tk Bty RA

            After link up of land elt:

                    6 Airldg A Tk Bty RA

                    One sqn 44 R Tks (less 17-pdr tks)

                    One SP A Bty RA.

 

7.  Definitions

    (a) H hr is the time for the aslt of 12 Corps.

    (b) P hr is the time XVIII US Corps (Airborne) commence dropping on DZs/LZs.

 

8.  Landing Areas and Timings.

    (a) LZs and DZs - see trace R.

    (b) Para and glider ldgs will start simultaneously, order of ldg is as follows:-

 

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi)

(vii)

Para

3 Para Bde

 

5 Para Bde

Glider

 

6 Airldg Bde

 

Div HQ Gp

RA Gp

Para Bdes Glider Elt

Hamilcar loads.

For detailed timings see Appx B.

 

9.  Tasks.

    (a) 3 Para bde gp are clearing and holding the area rd junc 154478 - rd junc 168173 - rd junc 168462 - feature 157461 - rd junc 158465 - br 154470.

    (b) 5 Para Bde Gp are clearing and holding the area rd junc 197499 - rd junc 197496 - rd junc 201492 - bldgs at 187495 - rd junc 187497.

    (c) 6 Airldg Bde Gp are seizing and holding the following areas in order of priority:-

            (i) Brs over R ISSEL as - rly br 216500 - rd br 217497 - rd br 223485.

            (ii) To clear the area required for Div HQ vicinity 189479.

            (iii) Rd junc 212495 - rd and rly crossing 217486.

            (iv) HAMMINKELN 2048.

            (if in range), the two med regts in close sp and 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt.

                    (b) Y Tgts - can be answered by the above with the addition of 8 AGRA.

                    (c) V Tgts - will be answered by all arty that can bear.

                    (d) Requests for fire of 8 AGRA for immediate opportunity tgts will be put by HQRA direct to 8 AGRA.

                    (e) Requests for additional arty for deliberate fire plans over and above 52 (L) Div Arty Gp will be made by HQRA to 18 US Corps.

 

PART II

 

INTENTION

10.  6 Airborne Div Arty will sp 6 Airborne Div.

 

METHOD

11.  Prearranged Tgts

See Appx C and att Trace P.  Tgts shown in RED on trace are being engaged in the preliminary bombardment by 12 Corps Arty and will remain on call thereafter to 6 Airborne Div Arty and all Arty in sp.  Tgts shown in BLUE are being recorded by all arty in sp and are on call to 6 Airborne Div only.

 

12.  DF

    (a) Prearranged tgts will be registered by FOO's of 2 FOU at the earliest opportunity.  For this purpose prearranged tgts will be suballotted to FOO's by OC 2 FOU.

    (b) Prearranged tgts on the fronts of 5 Para Bde and 6 Airldg Bde will be registered also by CP's of 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt.

 

13.  Calls for Fire

    Fire of sp arty will be called for as follows:-

    (a) U Tgts - can be answered by the three fd regts of 52 (L) Div Arty (if in range), the two med regts in close sp and the 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt.

    (b) Y Tgts - can be answered by the above with the addition of 8 AGRA.

    (c) V Tgts - will be answered with all arty that can bear.

    (d) Requests for fire of 8 AGRA for immediate opportunity tgts will be put by HQRA direct to 8 AGRA.

    (e) Requests for additional arty for deliberate fire plans over and above 52 (L) Div Arty Gp will be made by HQRA to 18 US Corps.

 

14.  Tgts Nos and names - See Appx D att.

 

15.  Allotment of 2 FOU FOO's - Normal.

 

16.  Reps - 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt will provide one BC as CRA's rep with each Bde.

 

17.  LOs - 2 FOU will provide LO's as follows:-

CRA 52 (L) Div

Med Regt in sp 5 Para Bde

Med Regt in sp 6 Airldg Bde

SP Fd Regt

LO control and relay

- 1

- 1

- 1

- 1

- 1

(An LO with 62 set is to be sent as

soon as possible to 17 US Div

(Airborne), 53 (WY) Airldg Lt

Regt will have an offr ready

to perform this duty.

 

18.  A Tk. - Div res of one tp 6-pdr and one sec 17-pdr will be sited with the task of protecting Div HQ and gun area from the WEST and SW.

 

19.  Mortars - 4.2" mortar tp 6 AARR will come into action in area shown in trace P att and will have a WS on each of 53 Airldg Lt Regt's Bty Comd nets.  They can be called upon to fire by any OP through the BC at 5 and 6 Para Bde HQ's.

 

20.  CM - 2 FOU will provide a CMO at HQRA, one ACMO at each Bde HQ and one listening post with each of 3 and 5 Para Bdes.

 

21.  Indication of tgts to air

    (a) RED smoke only will be used.

    (b) 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt will be prepared to fire coloured smoke from either the sec 25-pdr or from 75 mm.

 

22.  AOP

    One Flt 659 AOP Sqn will op in sp 6 Airborne Div and will be on a regt'l net as decided by CRA 52 (L) Div.

 

23.  Light Sigs

    Will NOT be used for calls for SOS.

 

INTERCOMN

    Further to 6 Airborne Div Sigs OO No.1 (Sigs 10373).

 

24.  Wrls

    (a) Comns will be est in accordance with diagrams (Appendicies E and W2 to 6 Airborne Div Sigs OO No.1) and wrls schedule (Appx F).

    (b) RA Sp Net

            (1) One codesign only will be used for the net.  Stas will be designated by affix numbers.

            (2) Tuning calls will be the three letter codesign allotted to the net.

            (3) Gp calls will be as follows:- (e.g. Codesign ABC)

                  "All Stas ABC" means, All stas on the net.

                  "All stas ABC 11 means all stas with affix numbers between 11 and 20 incl.

                  "All Stas 22" means 22 and all stas with affix numbers above 22.

            (4) Order of answering will be numerical.

            (5) Each sp regt (or fmn) to which an Airborne Div LO is attached will provide a set (19 HP or Cdn 9 if possible) with which to est comns on the RA Sp Net whilst the LO's set is engaged on the Bde FOO frequency.  The regtl set will bear the same affix number as the LO's set plus the letter "A".  When the LO flicks to the sp net the regtl set will flick to the Bde FOO net, and vice versa.

            (6) The fd regts of 52 (L) Div will be referred to on the RA Sp Net (and on the 3 Para Bde FOO net) as 29B, 29C, and 29D respectively, in order of seniority.

            (7) The step up set (affix 30) will initially be control sta.  It will send tuning and netting calls at P hr to P + 2 mins, P + 10 to P + 12 mins P + 20 to P + 22 mins etc.  HQRA will est comn as an outstation using affix 14.  On the comd of CRA 6 Airborne Div HQRA will assume control, by infm all stas in clear; Step up will then use affix 30.

            (8) HQRA will order the Airborne Div LO's to flick to and from the RA Sp net by passing a codeword to the Bde FOO or the LO respectively.

            (9) Stas 27, 28, and sta 24 until in action in sp 6 Airborne Div will not transmit unless called by another sta.  They will not be given tuning and netting calls, but will answer gp calls as per sub, sub-para (3) above.

            (10) Codewords at Appx "G".

            (11) Sta 24 will est comn on both flicks when regt becomes available to sp 6 Airborne Div.

            (12) Alternative frequency for RA Sp Net is 2544 this will be brought into use by codeword FREDA followed by time.

    (c) Bde FOO Nets

            (1) One codesign only will be allotted to each net.

            (2) Tuning call will be the three letter codesign allotted to the net.

            (3) Order of answering will be numerical.

            (4) The Airborne Div LO will initially be control sta.  It will send out tuning and netting calls from P hr to P + 2 mins, from P + 10 to P + 12 mins, from P + 20 to P + 22 mins etc.  Bde FOO will est comns as an outstation affix 11, 12 or 13.  On the comd of the Bde FOO his sta will assume control by informing all stas in clear; LO's will use affixes 22, 23, 29, and 24.

            (5) Codewords at Appx "G".

    (d) RA Comd Net

            (1) Normal codesigns and procedure will be used.

    (e) CM Net

            (1) One codesign only will be allotted to this net.

            (2) Tuning call will be the three letter codesign.

            (3) Order of answering will be numerical.

            (4) The net will not be opened until ordered by HQRA 6 Airborne Div.

    (f) 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt RA Comd Net and Bty Nets

            As ordered by OC 53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt.

    (g) 2 Airldg A Tk Regt RA Comd Net and Bty Nets

            As ordered by OC 2 Airldg A Tk Regt.

    (h) CRA Infm Net

            (1) Will only be opened on request from RA 52 (L) Div or RA 6 Airborne Div over the RA sp net.

            (2) RA 6 Airborne Div will be control.

    (i) XVIII Corps FD and Arty Liaison Nets

            (1) Set at HQRA will open on landing on Arty Liaison frequency.

            (2) It will be prepared to flick to FD frequency if ordered by XVIII Corps.

 

25.  DR

    53 (WY) Airldg Lt Regt and 2 Airldg A Tk Regt will detail 2 and 1 DR's respectively to report to HQRA as soon as possible on landing, to form a DR pool at HQRA.

 

26.  Codes

    (a) Current 6 Airborne Div codesigns extracts will be used and are held within regts of sp arty.

    (b) 6 Airborne Div RA SLIDEX Keys will be used on nets as shown in wrls schedule (Appx F) and within regts down to Btys of all sp arty for all purposes incl map refs.

    (c) 6 Airborne Div MAPLAY will be used on all nets as shown in wrls schedule (Appx F).

 

27.  Recognition

    (1) Recognition sign between airtps and ground forces will be the displaying of yellow celanese triangles.  These will be carried by all tps of 6 Brit Airborne Div, aslting tps of 15 (S) Div, 1 Cdo Bde and 17 US Div (Airborne).

    (2) Red berets may be worn after the initial drop as an aid to recognition.

    (3) Ground to air - fluorescent panels.

    (4) Lt sigs may be used by inf during the aslt phase to indicate unit RVs etc.

    (5) Lt Sigs other than above will NOT be used.

 

28.  Location of HQ

HQ 6 Airborne Div

HQ 3 Para Bde

HQ 5 Para Bde

HQ 6 Airldg Bde

Tac HQ 12 Corps

Main HQ 12 Corps

Rear HQ 12 Corps

Tac HQ XVIII US Corps (Airborne)

- Bldgs 189479

- Vicinity 1646

- 195495

- 204486

- Vicinity GRINSDICK 1037

- Vicinity 0732

- WINKELSCHER BUSCH 0633

- In 17 US Div (Airborne) area

 

29.  Postponement

    In the event of postponement when tps are on airfds infm is being passed through RAF channels and NOT through normal chain of comd.

 

ADM

30.  Adm instrs issued separately.

 

31.  ACK.

 

[Signed]

Maj, BMRA 6 Airborne Div.

Time of Signature ...161910A

Method of Dist ...SDR