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British Aldershot Command on 3 September 1939

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Aldershot Command on 3 September 1939

Aldershot Command: HQ Aldershot

From River Luddon where crossed by the Southern Railway at Luddon Bridge (south-east of Reading) along the railway through Wokingham, Brackwall and Ascot to Sunningdale ­ thence the eastern boundaries of the parishes of Chotham and Horsell to the railway at Woking ­ thence southward along the railway (omitting the portions of the parishes of Guildford and Artington to the west of the railway and the three small portions of Sussex lying to the north of the railway) to Liss ­ thence northward along the road leading to Reading, through Selbourne, Alton, and Odiham (but inclusive of the portions of the parishes of Alton and Chawton lying west of that road) to Swallowfield ­ thence along the River Luddon to Luddon Bridge.

   Field Troops (Regular)

      1st Anti-Aircraft Brigade: HQ Blackdown
         6th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA: Blackdown
            3rd, 12th, 15th Anti-Aircraft Batteries, RA
         1st Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, RA: Blackdown
         1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion, RE: Blackdown
            A, B Anti-Aircraft Companies, RE
         1st, 2nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade Signals, RCS: Blackdown

      1st Army Tank Brigade: HQ Aldershot
         4th Royal Tank Regiment: Farnborough
         7th Royal Tank Regiment: Catterick Camp - Located in Northern Command
         8th Royal Tank Regiment: Perham Down - Located in Southern Command

      1st Infantry Division: HQ Aldershot
         13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own): Shorncliffe
         2nd Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment M-G: Bordon
         2nd Field Regiment, RA: Bordon (Note: Reorganized late Sept. 1939 with two btys)
            35th, 42nd, 53rd, 87th Field Batteries, RA
         19th Field Regiment, RA: Bordon
            29th/97th, 39th/96th Field Batteries, RA
         24th Field Regiment, RA: Aldershot
            22nd/56th, 50th/70th Field Batteries
         21st Anti-Tank Regiment, RA: Aldershot
            'Q', 'Y', 'Z', 'BB' Anti-Tank Batteries, RA
         17th, 23rd, 26th Field Companies, RE: Aldershot
         6th Field Park Company, RE: Aldershot
         1st Divisional Signals, RCS: Aldershot

         1st Infantry Brigade (Guards): HQ Aldershot
            3rd Battalion, The Grenadier Guards: Aldershot
            2nd Battalion, The Coldstream Guards: Aldershot
            2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment: Aldershot
            1st Infantry Brigade (Guards) Anti-Tank Company: Aldershot

         2nd Infantry Brigade: HQ Aldershot
            1st Battalion, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire): Aldershot
            2nd Battalion, The North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's): Aldershot
            1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders: Aldershot
            2nd Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company: Aldershot

         3rd Infantry Brigade: HQ Bordon
            1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding): Bordon
            2nd Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment): Bordon
            1st Battalion, The King's Shropshire Regiment: Bordon
            3rd Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company: Bordon

      2nd Infantry Division: HQ Aldershot
         4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards: Aldershot
         2nd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment M-G: Aldershot
         10th Field Regiment, RA: Deepcut
            30th/46th, 51st/54th Field Batteries, RA
         16th Field Regiment, RA: Ewshott
            27th/72nd, 34th/86th Field Batteries, RA
         18th Field Regiment, RA: Deepcut
            59th/93rd, 94th/95th Field Batteries, RA
         13th Anti-Tank Regiment, RA: Aldershot
            2nd, 8th, 44th, 82nd Anti-Tank Batteries, RA
         5th, 11th, 38th Field Companies, RE: Aldershot
         21st Field Park Company, RE: Aldershot
         2nd Divisional Signals, RCS: Aldershot

         4th Infantry Brigade: HQ Aldershot
            1st Battalion, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment): Aldershot
            2nd Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment: Oxney
            1st Battalion, The Border Regiment: Aldershot
            4th Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company: Aldershot

         5th Infantry Brigade: HQ Aldershot
            2nd Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment: Aldershot
            2nd Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment: Aldershot
            1st Battalion, The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders: Aldershot
            5th Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company: Aldershot

         6th Infantry Brigade: HQ Blackdown
            1st Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers: Blackdown
            1st Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's): Blackdown
            2nd Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry: Woking
            6th Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company: Blackdown

   Other Regular Troops in the Command

      Regular Troops in the Command

         1st King's Dragoon Guards: Aldershot (Attached to 1st Light Armoured Brigade)
         12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's): Aldershot
         2nd Royal Tank Regiment: Farnborough (Attached to 1st Heavy Armoured Brigade)
         The Mechanized Experimental Establishment: Farnborough
         2nd Medium Regiment, RA: Longmoor
            4th/7th, 8th/12th Medium Batteries, RA
         1st Field Squadron, RE: Aldershot
         8th, 10th Railway Companies, RE: Longmoor
         RHQ and Motor Transport Depot, RE: Aldershot
         The Railway Training Centre, RE: Longmoor
         'A' Corps Signals, RCS: Aldershot
         No. 2 Company, GHQ Signals, RCS: Aldershot
         No. 1 Signal Troop, 1st Armoured Divisional Signals, RCS: Aldershot
         Nos. 1, 3, 6, 11 Artillery Signal Sections, RCS: Aldershot
         4th Tank Signal Section, RCS: Aldershot
         Aldershot Command Signals, RCS: Aldershot

      Militia in the Command
         5th, 6th Anti-Aircraft Depots, RA: Arborfield
            
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