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British Army

Tim Hayes
Many thanks for your input.

Dr. Diane M. Henderson
The Scots at War Trust
The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Thank you for your generous assistance.

Robert Michel
Berlin, Germany
Thank you for your input about the staffs.

Alan Philson
Kilwinning, Scotland
Many thanks for your tremendous books and your continued assistance.

Dr. Graham Watson
Formerly of the University of Wales
Caerphilly (near Cardiff), Wales

R. Manning Ancell
The Biographical Dictionary of World War II General and Flag Officers
Greenwood Press, 1996

Malcom A. Bellis
British Tanks and Formations
Bellis, Cheshire, 1987

Donald F. Bittner
The Lion And The White Falcon
Britain and Iceland in the World War II Era
Archon Books, 1983

Tim Carew
The Fall of Hong Kong
Natraj, New Delhi, 1961

Chris Ellis and Peter Chamberlain (Editors)
Handbook on the British Army 1943
[Revised reprint of the US Army's TM 30-410 of 1943]
Military Book Society, London, 1975

John Ellis
The World War II Data Book
BCA, London, 1993

L.F. Ellis
The War in France and Flanders
H.M.S.O., London, 1953

George Forty
British Army Handbook 1939 – 1945
Sutton Publishing, 2002

J.B.M. Frederick
Lineage Book of British Land Forces 1660 – 1978
Microform Academic Publishers, 1984

H.F. Joslen
Orders of Battle
The London Stamp Exchange, London, 1990
(Reprint of the 1960 edition published by H.M.S.O.)

Gary Kennedy
British Army of World War Two — War Establishment Tables
Northwest Europe, June 1944 – May 1945
9 Volumes
The Military Press, Milton Keynes.

Chris Krempton
Locations of the Regiments and Battalions of the British Army
1st August 1914 and 1st September 1939
The Military Press, Milton Keynes, 2006

K.W. Maurice-Jones
The History of the Coast Artillery of the British Army
The Naval and Military Press, Uckfield, East Sussex, 2005

F.W. Perry
The Commonwealth Armies
Manchester University Press, 1988

Alan Philson
British Expeditionary Force —
Organization and Order of Battle, 10th May 1940
6 Volumes and counting...
The Military Press, Milton Keynes, 2006

Alan Philson
Order of Battle of the Land, Sea, and Air Forces of the United Kingdom, 30th September 1940
2 Volumes
The Military Press, Milton Keynes, 2010

I.S.O. Playfair, et al
The Mediterranean and Middle East
5 Volumes
History of the Second World War
United Kingdom Military Series
H.M.S.O., London, 1954 - 1974

Michael Roper
The Records of the War Office and related departments 1660 – 1964
Public Records Office, Kew, 1998

N.W. Routledge
Anti-Aircraft Artillery 114–1955
The History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery
Brassey's, London, 1994

Nick Smart
Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War
Pen and Sword Military, 2005

Cliff Lord and Graham Watson
The Royal Corps of Signals
Unit Histories of the Corps (1920 – 2001)
Helion, Solihull, 2003

S. Woodburn-Kirby, et al
The Loss of Singapore
The War Against Japan
H.M.S.O., London, 1957

Various unit war diaries
WO 167
The National Archives, Kew, London

OKH, GenStdH/Abt Fr H West III
Das britische Kriegsheer, Stand 20.07.1940
RHD 18/155
Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv, Freiburg i.Br.

H.M.S.O.
The British Imperial Calendar and Civil Service List 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939

The War office
The Half-Yearly Army List, January 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939

The War office
The Monthly Army List, February 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939

The War office
The Monthly Army List, August 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939

The War office
The Monthly Army List, October 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939

The War office
The Monthly Army List, March 1940
H.M.S.O., 1940
Royal Navy

Robert Michel
Berlin, Germany
Thank you for your input about the staffs.

Bev L. Saylor
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Many thanks for help with Commonwealth Navies orders of battle.

Mark E. Horan
Windsor Locks, CT, USA
Many thanks for your assistance with Royal Navy orders of battle.

Robert Gardiner (Editor)
Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922 – 1946
Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD

Roger Jordan
The World's Merchant Fleet 1939
Naval Institue Press, 1999

H.T. Lenton and J.J. Colledge
Warships of World War II
Ian Allan, London, 1964

Samuel E. Morison
The Battle of the Atlantic 1939 – 1943
History of United States Naval Operations in World War II
Volume 1
Little, Brown and Company, 1949

Captain S.W. Roskill
The War at Sea
3 Volumes
H.M.S.O., London, 1954ff

H.M.S.O.
The British Imperial Calendar and Civil Service List 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939

Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty
The Navy List September 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939



Fleet Air Arm

Ray Sturtivant and Theo Ballance
The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm
Air-Britain, Tonbridge, 1994



Royal Air Force

James J. Halley
The Squadrons of the Royal Ai Force
Air Britain, Tonbridge, Kent, 1980

C.G. Jefford
R.A.F. Squadrons
Airlife, Shrewsbury, 1988 (Reprinted 1993)

Jon Lake
The Battle of Britain
Amber, London, 2012

Ross McNeill
Bewdley, Worcestershire, UK
Many thanks for all your help with the Royal Air Force.

Robert Michel
Berlin, Germany
Thank you for your input about the staffs.

Ray Sturtivant and John Hamlin
RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912
Air-Britain, Staplefield, West Sussex, 2007

Air Council
SD 161 (5th Issue): Location of Units in the Royal Air Force
Air Ministry, London, August 1940

H.M.S.O.
The British Imperial Calendar and Civil Service List 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939



Australia

Gregory Chalik
Sydney, Australia.
Many thanks for your research assistance.

A.R.H. Masterson
Australia.
Thank you for your work on the AIF divisional orders of battle.

Robert Michel
Berlin, Germany
Thank you for your input about the staffs.

Michael Tapner
Sydney, Australia.
Thank you for your help with the Australian order of battle

N. Barnes
The RAAF and the Flying Squadrons
Allen and Unwin, Sydney, Australia, 2000

D. Gillison
Australia in the War of 1939 – 1945
=Royal Australian Air Force 1939 – 1942=
Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, 1962

D.M. Horner
Crisis of Command
Australian Generalship and the Japanese Threat
Australian National University Press, Canberra ACT, 1978

Graham R. McKenzie-Smith
The Numerology of the Second AIF (Infantry) 1939 to 1945
Sabretache, April-June 1989, Vol. XXX, No. 2, Canberra, ACT

Graham R. McKenzie-Smith
The Unit Guide — The Australian Army 1939–1945
6 volumes
Big Sky, Newport, NSW, 2018

N.M. Parnell and C.A. Lynch
Australian Air Force since 1911
J.W. Books, Brookvale, NSW, 1982

Cliff Whitelocke and George O'Brien
Gunners in the Jungle
(Unit history of the 2/15 Field Regiment)
2/15 Field Regiment Association, 1983

Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty
The Navy List September 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939

Daily Movements Table
HMA Ships and Auxiliaries
Monday, 8th December 1941
Provided courtesy of the Naval Historical Section,
Department of Defense, Canberra, ACT

List of Ships of the Royal Australia Navy
with their Officers and Dates of Appointment
January 1942
Provided courtesy of the Naval Historical Section,
Department of Defense, Canberra, ACT
Canada

Spencer Dunmore
Wings For Victory
= The Remarkable Story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada =
McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, Ont., 1994

Jack McKillop
New Jersey, N.J.
Many thanks for all your work on the Royal Canadian Air Force

J. Patrick Smith
Thank you for your input on the Royal Canadian Navy

Ken Macpherson and John Burgess
The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces
Collins Press, Toronto, 1975

Robert Michel
Berlin, Germany
Thank you for your input about the staffs.

Joseph Schull
Far Distant Ships
Queens Printer, Ottawa, 1961

Historical Section of the Royal Canadian Air Force
The R.C.A.F. Overseas
Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1944

Minister of National Defence
Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War
Volume I Six Years of War
The Army In Canada, Britain and the Pacific
Edmond Cloutier, Ottawa, 1955

Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty
The Navy List September 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939


New Zealand

D.M. Davin
Crete
The Official Histrory of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939 – 41
War History Branch,
Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1953

Robin Langford Kay
Chronology: New Zealand in the War, 1939 – 1946
Historical Publications Branch,
Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1968

Robert Michel
Berlin, Germany
Thank you for your input about the staffs.

Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty
The Navy List September 1939
H.M.S.O., 1939


India

Chris Kempton
Loyalty and Honour
The Indian Army, September 1939 – August 1947
Vol. I - The Divisions
Vol. II - The Brigades
Vol. III - Higher Formations, Deployment, Forces and Columns
The Military Press, Milton Keynes, 2003

Chris Kempton
A Register of Titles of the Units of the H.E.I.C. and Indian Armies, 1666 – 1947
British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Bristol, 1997.

Robert Michel
Berlin, Germany
Thank you for your input about the staffs.


Burma

Ashley Jackson
The British Empire and the Second World War
Humbledon Continuum, London, 2006


Rhodesia

Beryl and Bill Salt
A Pride of Eagles
The Definitive History of the Rhodesian Air Force 1920 – 1980
Covos Day, Weltevredenpark, South Africa, 2001


South Africa

Steven McLean
Squadrons of the South African Air Force
and their aircraft, 1920 – 2005
Steven McLean, Western Cape, South Africa, 2005


WEBSITES
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Consolidated Library of Information and Knowledge,
Australian Government, Department of Veterans' Affairs


M.B. Barrass' website filled with orders of battle, unit histories, biographical details, and other data:
Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation
Some parts require membership.

Ross McNeill's website:
RAF Commands 1939 – 1945
 
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