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By L-Cmdr Ethan R. Williams

In past due 1943, the British military ordered the veteran seventh Armored, 51st (Highland), and fiftieth (Northumbrian) Divisions to come back to the nice Britain to supply wrestle skilled troops for the invasion of northwest Europe. On D-Day, the fiftieth department accomplished the majority of its pursuits. through mid-June, although, the fiftieth held positions just a couple of miles past its ultimate D-Day positions. the plain mess ups of the veteran divisions in later operations led many senior leaders to think that those divisions had develop into a legal responsibility. This thesis will evaluation the functionality of the fiftieth department in Normandy via first interpreting the interval sooner than the invasion to figure out the 50th's readiness for battle, British military doctrine, and guns. The 50th's previous wrestle studies and pre-invasion education could be analyzed to figure out the influence that earlier strive against had at the department. ultimately, this thesis will review the functionality of the fiftieth department in particular wrestle engagements in Normandy.

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The report, while praising British tank crews, states, among other things, that The fighting spirit of the British inf(antry) is not very great. They rely largely on the art(iller)y and air force s(u)p(port). In the case of well-directed art(iller)y fire by us they often abandon their pos(itio)n in flight. The enemy is extraordinarily nervous of close combat. {14} The second source frequently referred to by critics is a report written by Brigadier James Hargest, New Zealand army observer to XXX Corps, the 50th Division’s higher headquarters.

With those new tactics came the requirement for greater numbers of tanks and anti-tank guns. Unfortunately, with limited transport space, the British army destroyed most of its materiel within the Dunkirk perimeter in order to prevent capture by the enemy. Overall, the British lost an estimated eight to ten divisions’ worth of equipment in northern France. {44} For the 50th Division, the Battle of Arras was a costly learning experience. Major-General Franklyn’s decision to launch the attack later in the day from a start line eight miles away doomed the operation from the beginning.

On October 23, the 8th Army, now under the command of Lieutenant-General Bernard L. Montgomery, launched a counter attack to break out from the Alamein line and regain the initiative. The 50th Division played a minor role during the first part of this fight. On November 1, however, 8th Army commenced Operation Supercharge. The 151st Brigade, paired with the 51st (Highland) Division’s 152nd Brigade and Maori troops from the New Zealand Division, fought through heavy minefields and emplaced tanks to open a corridor for the 9th Armored Brigade to pass through.

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