Allies, British Expeditionary Force (10/5/40)

Ground Forces
    Unit Commander Notes
         
GRAND QUARTIER GÉNÉRAL (G.Q.G.) Gen. M. G. Gamelin  
         
GROUPE D'ARMÉES No. 1 Gen. G. Billotte  
         
BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE Gen. The Viscount Gort  
         
— 1st Bn., Welsh Guards    
— 9th Bn., The West Yorkshire Regiment (Garrison)    
— 7th Bn., The Cheshire Regiment (Machine-Gun)    
— 1st/8th Bn., The Middlesex Regiment (Machine-Gun)    
— 4th Bn., The Gordon Highlanders (Machine-Gun)    
— 6th Bn., The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Machine-Gun)    
— 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th Bn., The King's Own Royal Regiment (Pioneer)    
— 7th Bn., The Norfolk Regiment (Pioneer)    
— 6th Bn., The Royal Scots Fusiliers (Pioneer)    
— 1st/6th Bn., The South Staffordshire Regiment (Pioneer)    
— 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, R.A.C.    
— 12th Royal Lancers, R.A.C.    
— 13th/18th Royal Hussars, R.A.C.    
— 1st Lothians and Border Yeomanry, R.A.C.*    
— Royal Artillery, G.H.Q.    
—— 1st*, 2nd Regiments Royal Horse Artillery    
—— 32nd, 98th, 115th, 139th Army Field Regt.    
—— 1st, 2nd, 4th, 58th, 61st, 63rd, 65th, 69th Medium Regt.    
—— 1st, 51st, 52nd Heavy Regt.    
—— 1st, 2nd, 3rd Super Heavy Regt.    
—— 1st Anti-Aircraft Brigade Brig. E. D. Milligan  
——— 1st, 6th, 85th Anti-Aircraft Regt.    
—— 2nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade Brig. E. W. Chadwick  
——— 60th Anti-Aircraft Regt.    
——— 51st, 58th Light Anti-Aircraft Regt.    
—— 4th Anti-Aircraft Brigade Brig. J. N. Slater  
——— 4th Anti-Aircraft Regt.    
——— 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Regt.    
—— 5th Searchlight Brigade Brig. E. Rait-Kerr  
——— 1st 2nd 3rd Searchlight Regiments    
— Royal Engineers, G.H.Q.    
—— 100th, 101st, 216th Army Field Co.    
—— 228th, 242nd Field Co.    
—— 223rd Field Park Co.    
—— 19th Army Field Survey Co.    
—— 58th, 61st, 62nd Chemical Warfare Co.    
         
5th Infantry Division Maj. Gen. H. E. Franklyn G.H.Q. Reserve
—— 13th Infantry Brigade Brig. M. C. Dempsey  
——— 2nd Bn., The Cameronian Highlanders    
——— 2nd Bn., The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers    
——— 2nd Bn., The Wiltshire Regiment    
—— 17th Infantry Brigade Brig. M. G. N. Stopford  
——— 2nd Bn., The Royal Scots Fusiliers    
——— 2nd Bn., The Northamptonshire Regiment    
——— 6th Bn., The Seaforth Highlanders    
—— Royal Artillery, 5th Division    
——— 9th, 91st, 92nd Field Regt.    
——— 52nd Anti-Tank Regt.    
—— Royal Engineers, 5th Division    
——— 38th, 245th, 252nd Field Co.    
——— 254th Field Park Co.    
         
1st Light Armoured Reconnaissance Brigade Brig. C. W. Norman  
—— 1st Fife and Forfar Yeomanry    
—— 1st East Riding Yeomanry    
         
2nd Light Armoured Reconnaissance Brigade Brig. A. J. Clifton  
—— 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards    
—— 15th, 19th The King's Royal Hussars    
         
1st Army Tank Brigade Brig. D. H. Pratt  
—— 4th, 7th Bn., Royal Tank Regiment    
         
— I CORPS Lt. Gen. M. G. H. Barker  
         
—— 2nd, 4th Bn., The Cheshire Regiment (Machine-Gun)    
—— 2nd Bn., The Manchester Regiment (Machine-Gun)    
—— Royal Artillery, I Corps    
——— 27th, 140th Army Field Regt.    
——— 3rd, 5th Medium Regt.    
——— 52nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regt.    
——— 2nd Light Anti-Aircraft Btry.    
——— 1st Survey Regiment    
—— Royal Engineers, I Corps    
——— 102nd, 107th, 221st Army Field Co.    
——— 105th Corps Field Park Co.    
——— 13th Corps Field Survey Company    
         
—— 1st Infantry Division Maj. Gen. H. R. L. G. Alexander  
——— 1st Guards Infantry Brigade Brig. M. B. Beckwith-Smith  
———— 3rd Bn., Grenadier Guards    
———— 2nd Bn., Coldstream Guards    
———— 2nd Bn., The Hampshire Regiment    
——— 2nd Infantry Brigade Brig. C. E. Hudson  
———— 1st Bn., The Loyal Regiment    
———— 2nd Bn., The North Staffordshire Regiment    
———— 6th Bn., The Gordon Highlanders    
——— 3rd Infantry Brigade Brig. T. N. F. Wilson  
———— 1st Bn., The Duke of Wellington's Regiment    
———— 2nd Bn., The Sherwood Foresters    
———— 1st Bn., The King's Shropshire Light Infantry    
——— Royal Artillery, 1st Infantry Division    
———— 2nd, 19th, 67th Field Regt.    
———— 21st Anti-Tank Regt.    
——— Royal Engineers, 1st Infantry Division    
———— 23rd, 238th, 248th Field Co.    
———— 6th Field Park Co.    
         
—— 2nd Infantry Division Maj. Gen. H. C. Lloyd  
——— 4th Infantry Brigade Brig. E. G. Warren  
———— 1st Bn., The Royal Scots    
———— 2nd Bn., The Royal Norfolk Regiment    
———— 1st/8th Bn., The Lancaster Fusiliers    
——— 5th Infantry Brigade Brig. G. I. Gartlan  
———— 2nd Bn., The Dorsetshire Regiment    
———— 1st Bn., The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders    
———— 7th Bn., The Worcestershire Regiment    
——— 6th Infantry Brigade Brig. N. M. S. Irwin  
———— 1st Bn., The Royal Welch Fusiliers    
———— 1st Bn., The Royal Berkshire Regiment    
———— 2nd Bn., The Durham Light Infantry    
——— Royal Artillery, 2nd Division    
———— 10th, 16th, 99th Field Regt.    
———— 13th Anti-Tank Regt.    
——— Royal Engineers, 2nd Division    
———— 5th, 209th, 506th Field Co.    
———— 21st Field Park Co.    
         
—— 48th (South Midland) Infantry Division Maj. Gen. A. F. A. N. Thorne  
——— 4th Infantry Brigade Brig. J. Muirhead  
———— 1st Bn., The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry    
———— 1st/7th Bn., The Royal Warwickshire Regiment    
———— 8th Bn., The Royal Warwickshire Regiment    
——— 5th Infantry Brigade Brig. J. M. Hamilton  
———— 2nd Bn., The Royal Warwickshire Regiment    
———— 5th Bn., The Gloucestershire Regiment    
———— 8th Bn., The Worcestershire Regiment    
——— 6th Infantry Brigade Brig. A. C. Hughes  
———— 2nd Bn., The Gloucestershire Regiment    
———— 1st, 4th Bn., The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry    
——— Royal Artillery, 48th Infantry Division    
———— 18th, 24th, 68th Field Regt.    
———— 53rd Anti-Tank Regt.    
——— Royal Engineers, 48th Infantry Division    
———— 9th, 224th, 226th Field Co.    
———— 227th Field Park Co.    
         
— II CORPS Lt. Gen. A. F. Brooke  
         
—— 2nd Batallion The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (Machine-Gun)    
—— 2nd, 1st/7th Bn., The Middlesex Regiment (Machine-Gun)    
—— Royal Artillery, II Corps    
——— 60th, 88th Army Field Regt.    
——— 53rd, 59th Medium Regt.    
——— 53rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regt.    
——— 2nd Survey Regiment    
—— Royal Engineers, II Corps    
——— 222nd, 234th, 240th Army Field Co.    
——— 108th Corps Field Park Co.    
——— 14th Corps Field Survey Company    
         
—— 3rd Infantry Division Maj. Gen. B. L. Montgomery  
——— 7th Guards Infantry Brigade Brig. J. A. C. Whitaker  
———— 1st, 2nd Bn., Grenadier Guards    
———— 1st Bn., Coldstream Guards    
——— 8th Infantry Brigade Brig. C. G. Woolner  
———— 1st Bn., The Suffolk Regiment    
———— 2nd Bn., The East Yorkshire Regiment    
———— 4th Bn., The Royal Berkshire Regiment    
——— 9th Infantry Brigade Brig. W. Robb  
———— 2nd Bn., The Lincolnshire Regiment    
———— 1st Bn., The King's Own Scottish Borderers    
———— 2nd Bn., The Royal Ulster Rifles    
——— Royal Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division    
———— 7th, 33rd, 76th Field Regt.    
———— 20th Anti-Tank Regt.    
——— Royal Engineers, 3rd Infantry Division    
———— 17th, 246th, 253rd Field Co.    
———— 15th Field Park Co.    
         
—— 4th Infantry Division Maj. Gen. D. G. Johnson  
——— 10th Infantry Brigade Brig. E. H. Barker  
———— 2nd Bn., The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment    
———— 2nd Bn., The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry    
———— 1st/6th Bn., The East Surrey Regiment    
——— 11th Infantry Brigade Brig. K. A. N. Anderson  
———— 2nd Bn., The Lancashire Fusiliers    
———— 1st Bn., The East Surrey Regiment    
———— 5th Bn., The Northamptonshire Regiment    
——— 12th Infantry Brigade Brig. J. L. I. Hawkesworth  
———— 2nd Bn., The Royal Fusiliers    
———— 1st Bn., The South Lancashire Regiment    
———— 6th Bn., The Black Watch    
——— Royal Artillery, 4th Division    
———— 22nd, 30th, 77th Field Regt.    
———— 14th Anti-Tank Regt.    
——— Royal Engineers, 4th Division    
———— 7th, 59th, 225th Field Co.    
———— 18th Field Park Co.    
         
—— 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division Maj. Gen. G. le Q. Martel  
——— 25th Infantry Brigade Brig. W. H. C. Ramsden  
———— 2nd Bn., The Essex Regiment    
———— 1st Bn., The Royal Irish Fusiliers    
———— 1st/7th Bn., The Queen's Royal Regiment    
——— 150th Infantry Brigade Brig. C. W. Haydon  
———— 4th Bn., The East Yorkshire Regiment    
———— 4th, 5th Bn., The Green Howards    
——— 151st Infantry Brigade Brig. J. A. Churchill  
———— 6th, 8th, 9th Bn., The Durham Light Infantry    
——— 4th Bn., The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (Motorcycle)    
——— Royal Artillery, 48th Infantry Division    
———— 72nd, 74th Field Regt.    
———— 65th Anti-Tank Regt.    
——— Royal Engineers, 48th Infantry Division    
———— 232nd, 505th Field Co.    
———— 235th Field Park Co.    
         
— III CORPS Lt. Gen. R. F. Adam  
         
—— 7th Bn., The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (Machine-Gun)*    
—— 1st/9th Bn., The Manchester Regiment (Machine-Gun)    
—— 1st Bn., Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment, The Middlesex Regiment (Machine-Gun)*    
—— Royal Artillery, III Corps    
——— 5th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery    
——— 97th Army Field Regt.*    
——— 51st*, 56th Medium Regt.    
——— 54th Light Anti-Aircraft Regt.    
——— 3rd Survey Regiment    
—— Royal Engineers, III Corps    
——— 213th*, 214th, 217th Army Field Co.    
——— 293rd Corps Park Company    
——— 514th Corps Field Survey Company    
         
—— 42nd (East Lancashire) Infantry Division Maj. Gen. W. G. Holmes  
——— 125th Infantry Brigade Brig. G. W. Sutton  
———— 1st Bn., The Border Regiment    
———— 1st/5th, 1st/6th Bn., The Lancaster Fusiliers    
——— 126th Infantry Brigade Brig. E. G. Miles  
———— 1st Bn., The East Lancashire Regiment    
———— 5th Bn., The King's Own Royal Regiment    
———— 5th Bn., The Border Regiment    
——— 127th Infantry Brigade Brig. J. G. Smyth  
———— 1st Bn., The Highland Light Infantry    
———— 4th Bn., The East Lancashire Regiment    
———— 5th Bn., The Manchester Regiment    
——— Royal Artillery, 42nd Infantry Division    
———— 52nd, 53rd Field Regt.    
———— 56th Anti-Tank Regt.    
——— Royal Engineers, 42nd Infantry Division    
———— 200th, 201st, 250th Field Co.    
———— 208th Field Park Co.    
         
—— 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division Maj. Gen. E. A. Osborne  
——— 131st Infantry Brigade Brig. J. E. Utterson-Kelso  
———— 2nd Bn., The Buffs    
———— 1st/5th, 1st/6th Bn., The Queen's Royal Regiment    
——— 132nd Infantry Brigade Brig. J. S. Steele  
———— 1st, 4th, 5th Bn., The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment    
——— 133rd Infantry Brigade Brig. N. I. Whitty  
———— 2nd, 4th, 5th Bn., The Royal Sussex Regiment    
——— Royal Artillery, 44th Infantry Division    
———— 57th, 58th, 65th Field Regt.    
———— 57th Anti-Tank Regt.    
——— Royal Engineers, 44th Infantry Division    
———— 11th, 208th, 210th Field Co.    
———— 211th Field Park Co.    
         
51st (Highland) Infantry Division* Maj. Gen. V. M. Fortune Saar Force
——— 152nd Infantry Brigade Brig. H. W. V. Stewart  
———— 2nd, 4th Bn., The Seaforth Highlanders    
———— 4th Bn., The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders    
——— 153rd Infantry Brigade Brig. G. T. Burney  
———— 4th Bn., The Black Watch    
———— 1st, 5th Bn., The Gordon Highlanders    
——— 154th Infantry Brigade Brig. A. C. L. Stanley-Clarke  
———— 1st Bn., The Black Watch    
———— 7th, 9th Bn., The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders    
——— Royal Artillery, 12th Infantry Division    
———— 17th, 23rd, 75th Field Regt.    
———— 51st Anti-Tank Regt.    
——— Royal Engineers, 12th Infantry Division    
———— 26th, 236th, 237th Field Co.    
———— 239th Field Park Co.    
——— 7th Bn., The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (Machine-Gun)    
——— 1st Bn., Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment, The Middlesex Regiment (Machine-Gun)    
——— 1st Lothians and Border Yeomanry    
——— 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (-)    
——— 97th Army Field Regt. (-)    
——— 51st Medium Regt.    
——— 213th Army Field Co.    
         
— LINES OF COMMUNICATION TROOPS Maj. Gen. P. de Fonblanque  
         
—— 4th Bn., The Buffs    
—— 14th Bn., The Royal Fusiliers    
—— 12th Bn., The Royal Warwickshire Regiment    
—— 4th Bn., The Border Regiment    
—— 1st/5th Bn., The Sherwood Foresters    
—— Royal Artillery, L.O.C.    
——— 3rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade Brig. W. R. Shilstone  
———— 2nd, 8th, 79th Anti-Aircraft Regt.    
———— 4th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery    
—— Royal Engineers, L.O.C.    
——— 104th, 106th, 110th, 212th, 218th Army Troops Companies    
—— North District Brig. A. P. Beauman  
—— South District    
         
12th (Eastern) Infantry Division Maj. Gen. R. L. Petre  
——— 35th Infantry Brigade Brig. A. F. F. Young  
———— 2nd/5th, 2nd/6th, 2nd/7th Bn., The Queen's Royal Regiment    
——— 36th Infantry Brigade Brig. G. R. P. Roupell  
———— 5th Bn., The Buffs    
———— 6th, 7th Bn., The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment    
——— 37th Infantry Brigade Brig. R. J. P. Wyatt  
———— 2nd/6th Bn., The East Surrey Regiment    
———— 6th, 7th Bn., The Royal Sussex Regiment    
——— Royal Engineers, 12th Infantry Division    
———— 262nd, 263rd, 264th Field Co.    
———— 265th Field Park Co.    
         
23rd (Northumbrian) Infantry Division Maj. Gen. A. E. Herbert  
——— 69th Infantry Brigade Brig. The Viscount Downe  
———— 5th Bn., The East Yorkshire Regiment    
———— 6th, 7th Bn., The Green Howards    
——— 70th Infantry Brigade Brig. P. Kirkup  
———— 10th, 11th Bn., The Durham Light Infantry    
———— 1st Bn., The Tyneside Scottish, The Black Watch    
——— 8th Bn., The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (Motorcycle)    
——— 9th Bn., The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (Machine-Gun)    
——— 5th Bn., The East Yorkshire Regiment    
——— Royal Engineers, 23rd Infantry Division    
———— 233rd, 507th Field Co.    
———— 508th Field Park Co.    
         
46th (North Midland and West Riding) Infantry Division Maj. Gen. H. O. Curtis  
——— 137th Infantry Brigade Brig. J. B. Gawthorpe  
———— 2nd/5th Bn., The West Yorkshire Regiment    
———— 2nd/6th, 2nd/7th The Duke of Wellington's Regiment    
——— 138th Infantry Brigade Brig. E. J. Grinling  
———— 6th Bn., The Lincolnshire Regiment    
———— 2nd/4th Bn., The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry    
———— 6th Bn., The York and Lancaster Regiment    
——— 139th Infantry Brigade Brig. H. A. F. Crewdson  
———— 2nd/5th Bn., The Leicestershire Regiment    
———— 2nd/5th, 9th Bn., The Sherwood Foresters    
——— Royal Engineers, 12th Infantry Division    
———— 270th, 271st, 272nd Field Co.    
———— 273rd Field Park Co.    

 

Notes:

(1) Only includes units that were located in France under B.E.F. command at the time of the German invasion. Units with asterisk are attached elsewhere. Units in italics are attachments. Support units below batallion size outside of an immediate parent unit usually not included.

(2) 12th, 23rd, and 46th Infantry Divisions left their artillery in Britain. 5th Infantry Division had one brigade (15th Infantry Brigade) in Norway. Saar Force was a reinforced 51st Infantry Division on the Maginot Line, detached from III Corps and under command of the French 3e Armée.

Sources: Philip Warner, The Battle of France, 1940; The Nafziger Collection.