Reconnaissance Corps

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The Reconnaissance Corps, or simply Recce Corps, was a corps of the British Army, formed during the Second World War whose units provided the mobile spearhead of infantry divisions.wikipedia
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43rd (Wessex) Reconnaissance Regiment

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For example, the 43rd Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps (based on the 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment) was the divisional reconnaissance battalion of the 43rd (Wessex) Division. 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment formed from 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment transferred to the 43rd (Wessex) Division from the 48th (South Midland) Division November 1941; lost 'A' and 'C' Sqns through the sinking of the Motor Transport Ship T72 off Sword Beach on 24 June 1944; one replacement squadron received from the 161st Reconnaissance Regiment.
The 43rd (Wessex) Reconnaissance Regiment (The Gloucestershire Regiment) (43 Recce) was a regiment of the British Army's Reconnaissance Corps, itself part of the Royal Armoured Corps, during World War II.

Royal Armoured Corps

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The Corps became part of the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) in 1944, still maintaining its own cap badge with two lightning strikes supporting an upright spear.
Finally, in 1944, the RAC absorbed the regiments of the Reconnaissance Corps.

3rd (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Reconnaissance Regiment

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3rd (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Reconnaissance Regiment formed April 1941 in the 3rd Division, from the 8th Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.
The 3rd (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Reconnaissance Regiment was a regiment of the Reconnaissance Corps, which was itself part of the Royal Armoured Corps, raised by the British Army during the Second World War.

Universal Carrier

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Scout troops were equipped with Bren Gun Carriers and light reconnaissance cars, such as the Humber Light Reconnaissance Car.
The reconnaissance corps regiments – which replaced the cavalry regiments in supporting Infantry divisions after 1940 – were each equipped with 63 carriers, along with 28 Humber Scout Cars.

3rd Division (United Kingdom)

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3rd (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Reconnaissance Regiment formed April 1941 in the 3rd Division, from the 8th Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.
For over a year after Dunkirk the composition of 3rd Division remained largely unchanged (except that the motorcycle battalion was converted into 3rd (RNF) Reconnaissance Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps).

Humber Light Reconnaissance Car

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Scout troops were equipped with Bren Gun Carriers and light reconnaissance cars, such as the Humber Light Reconnaissance Car.
The LRC was used widely by the Reconnaissance Corps and was also used by the Reconnaissance squadron of the 1st Czechoslovak Independent Armoured Brigade Group.

43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division

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For example, the 43rd Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps (based on the 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment) was the divisional reconnaissance battalion of the 43rd (Wessex) Division. 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment formed from 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment transferred to the 43rd (Wessex) Division from the 48th (South Midland) Division November 1941; lost 'A' and 'C' Sqns through the sinking of the Motor Transport Ship T72 off Sword Beach on 24 June 1944; one replacement squadron received from the 161st Reconnaissance Regiment.
48th Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps (from 20 November 1941, redesignated 43rd Battalion 1 January 1942, later 43rd Regiment 6 June 1942, finally 43rd (Wessex) Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps 1 January 1944)

List of Royal Northumberland Fusiliers battalions in World War II

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3rd (Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Reconnaissance Regiment formed April 1941 in the 3rd Division, from the 8th Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.
After returning from Dunkirk, the battalion came under command of Home Forces until April 1941; on 30 April 1941 it was transferred to the Reconnaissance Corps and redesignated as 50th Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps, and it rejoined 50th Division.

Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)

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2nd Reconnaissance Regiment formed April 1941 in the 2nd Division, mainly from the 6th Battalion, Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire), the division's motorcycle battalion. 18th Reconnaissance Battalion formed in the 18th (East Anglian) Division from the 5th Battalion, Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire); surrendered at Singapore 1942.
The 5th Battalion later was transferred and converted, in 1941, into a Reconnaissance Corps unit for the 18th (East Anglian) Division and re-designated as the 18th Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps.

Royal Hampshire Regiment

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* 1st Reconnaissance Regiment formed January 1941 in the 1st Division from the Hampshire Regiment.
The Hampshire brigade, with the North Irish Horse under command, led the 46th Division's assault (along with the 46th Reconnaissance Regiment).

4th Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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4th Reconnaissance Regiment formed January 1941 mainly from the anti-tank companies of the 10th, 11th and 12th Brigades of the 4th Division.
4th Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps (from 1 January 1941, redesignated 4th Regiment 6 June 1942, became 4th Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps 1 January 1944)

2nd Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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2nd Reconnaissance Regiment formed April 1941 in the 2nd Division, mainly from the 6th Battalion, Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire), the division's motorcycle battalion.
2nd Reconnaissance Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps

Bolton Rifles

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2nd Reconnaissance Regiment formed April 1941 in the 2nd Division, mainly from the 6th Battalion, Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire), the division's motorcycle battalion. 18th Reconnaissance Battalion formed in the 18th (East Anglian) Division from the 5th Battalion, Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire); surrendered at Singapore 1942.
In January 1941 the Reconnaissance Corps was formed to provide reconnaissance ('recce') units for infantry divisions.

5th Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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5th Reconnaissance Regiment formed February 1941 in the 5th Division from the 3rd Battalion, Tower Hamlets Rifles.
5th Reconnaissance Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps (from 30 January 1941, redesignated 5th Regiment 6 June 1942, became 5th Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps 1 January 1944)

56th (London) Infantry Division

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44th Reconnaissance Regiment formed January 1941 in the 44th (Home Counties) Division from the 7th Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment; transferred to 56th (London) Division in 1943, but retained number.
56th Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps (formed 1 January 1941, became 56th Regiment 6 June 1942, detached 15 August 1942)

45th Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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45th Reconnaissance Regiment formed January 1941 mainly from the 134th, 135th and 136th Brigade Anti-Tank Companies of the 45th Infantry Division; transferred to 70th Division in August 1942; formed 45 and 54 Columns of the Chindits; converted to infantry and redesignated as the 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment in October 1944.

15th (Scottish) Infantry Division

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15th Reconnaissance Regiment formed February 1943 in the 15th (Scottish) Division from the 15th, 45th and 54th Independent Reconnaissance Squadrons.
15th Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps ''(formed 2 January 1941, became 15th Independent Company 4 December 1941, 15th Independent Squadron 6 June 1942, 15th Regiment 15 February 1943, finally 15th Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps 1 January 1944)''

48th (South Midland) Division

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43rd Reconnaissance Regiment formed from 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment transferred to the 43rd (Wessex) Division from the 48th (South Midland) Division November 1941; lost 'A' and 'C' Sqns through the sinking of the Motor Transport Ship T72 off Sword Beach on 24 June 1944; one replacement squadron received from the 161st Reconnaissance Regiment.

44th (Home Counties) Division

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44th Reconnaissance Regiment formed January 1941 in the 44th (Home Counties) Division from the 7th Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment; transferred to 56th (London) Division in 1943, but retained number.

18th Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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18th Reconnaissance Battalion formed in the 18th (East Anglian) Division from the 5th Battalion, Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire); surrendered at Singapore 1942.

Royal Fusiliers

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46th Reconnaissance Regiment formed July 1941 in the 46th (West Riding) Division from the 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and the 137th, 138th and 139th Brigade Anti-Tank Companies.
The 23rd Battalion, also created in June/July 1940, was later converted into 46th Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps, assigned to the 46th Infantry Division, serving with it for the rest of the war.

38th (Welsh) Infantry Division

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38th Reconnaissance Regiment formed October 1943 in the 38th (Welsh) Division from the 47th, 38th and 55th Independent Reconnaissance Squadrons; disbanded October 1944, number taken by 80th (Holding) Reconnaissance Regiment.

46th Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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46th Reconnaissance Regiment formed July 1941 in the 46th (West Riding) Division from the 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and the 137th, 138th and 139th Brigade Anti-Tank Companies.
46th Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps (formed 11 July 1941, redesignated 46th Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps 6 June 1942, became 46th Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps 1 January 1944)

49th (West Riding) Infantry Division

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49th Reconnaissance Regiment formed September 1942 in the 49th (West Riding) Division from the 29th and 148th Independent Reconnaissance Sqns, with the 1st Belgian Fusiliers as 'C' Sqn, later replaced by 24th (Guards) Independent Reconnaissance Squadron.
49th Reconnaissance Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps (formed 5 September 1942, became 49th Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps 1 January 1944)

GHQ Liaison Regiment

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GHQ Liaison Regiment (Phantom).
In January 1941, the Reconnaissance Corps was established and Phantom was reclassified as GHQ Liaison Regiment to avoid confusion.