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42nd Armoured Division

Active 1 November 1941–17 October 1943
Country United Kingdom
Allegiance Allies
Branch British Army
Type Armoured
Size 13,235 men[1][nb 1]

The 42nd Armoured Division was a First Line Territorial Army division during the Second World War. It was formed by converting an infantry division into an armoured role. It never was never deployed overseas and was disbanded before seeing combat.



The division was formed by converting the 42nd (East Lancashire) Infantry Division,[2] a First Line Territorial Army infantry division,[3] on 1 November 1941 into an Armoured Division.[2] The division was not posted overseas[4] and its divisional headquarters was disbanded on 17 October 1943;[2] the division's infantry was assigned to the 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division and its armoured to the 79th Armoured Division.[4]


General Officer Commanding

Two men served as the General Officer Commanding of the 42nd Armoured Division:

Component Units

(on Formation in 1941)

10th Armoured Brigade

11th Armoured Brigade

42nd Support Group


  1. ^ This is the war establishment, the on-paper strength, of the division for 1942; for information on how the division size changed over the war please see British Army during the Second World War and British Armoured formations of the Second World War.
  1. ^ Joslen, p. 129
  2. ^ a b c Joslen, p. 42
  3. ^ Joslen, p. 68
  4. ^ a b Chappell, p. 15
  5. ^ a b Joslen, p. 29


  • Chappell, Mike (1987). British battle insignia (2): 1939-1940. Men-At-Arms. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0850457394.  
  • Joslen, Lieutenant-Colonel H.F (1960) [1960]. Orders Of Battle Second World War 1939-1945. Naval & Military Press Ltd. ISBN 978-184342-474-1.  

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