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The extraordinary demands of the years 1939-45 caused any numbers of changes to be adopted by the British Army. Regiments and battalions not only changed their roles, they also changed their names – see if you can answer these questions:
Tough Quiz – please feel free to try again!
#1. The Reconnaissance Corps. Was it part of:
Answer – Infantry and then RAC
Photo Caption: A line of Humberette scout cars scout cars ready for imspection before setting off. © IWM H 17598
#2. The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Cavalry. Were they:
Answer: horse, guns, tanks.
Photo Original wartime caption: Trooper Fred Lee of Reading, now in the Sherwood Rangers, has driven his tank across Egypt and Libya. He was a lorry driver in peace time. © IWM E 21499
#3. 51 Royal Tank Regiment. Was their subsidiary title:
Answer: Leeds Rifles.
#4. 10th Battalion The Parachute Regiment. Were they raised from:
Answer: R Sussex
Photo: HRH THE DUCHESS OF KENT INSPECTS BATTALION OF THE OXFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY © IWM H 30042
#5. 142 Regiment RAC had a distinguished record as a Churchill Tank regiment. Did they originate as:
Answer: 7 Suffolk.
Photo Original wartime caption: Fighting beyond Forli, a Churchill tank of 142 R.A.C. , 25 Armoured Brigade, ran into trouble and was knocked out by a concealed German tank. In the foreground is a jeep which was hit by mortar fire. © IWM NA 20209
#6. Did the Robin Hood Rifles take part in the Normandy Campaign as:
Uniform of the Robin Hood Rifles depicted on a 1939 cigarette card
#7. In N Africa, Sicily and Italy were the Liverpool Welsh designated as:
Answer: 46 RTR.
#8. Which of these units was raised during and disbanded after the Second World War:
Answer: 22 Dgns.
This beret was worn by Staff Sergeant George Sidney Baylis of the Glider Pilot Regiment during the Second World War. Baylis participated in Operation Market Garden and was captured near Arnhem in September 1944. He is remembered in ‘A Bridge Too Far’ by Cornelius Ryan as having packed his dancing pumps, believing that the Dutch ‘loved to dance’. © IWM UNI 3380
#9. During the Sicily landings, No 32 Beach Brick was organised around:
Answer: 2HLI (a beach brick was the title given to the all-arms group responsible for the capture, security and organisation of a beach head in the Mediterranean theatre.)
#10. Until August 1939 a unit which was to have a bloody and successful war had only one, combatant officer and was known as The One Man Regiment. Was it:
Answer: The North Irish Horse.
Quiz questions courtesy of Patrick Mercer
Operation Olive - Cracking the Gothic Line, September 1944
A Zoom talk by Patrick Mercer
Thank you to Patrick for his excellent talk on Operation Olive and also for kindly providing BMMHS with this quiz.
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