COMBAT MISSION
British Uniforms - Northwest Europe and Italy

What is contained on this site are simple modifications.  To use them, simply save the files you find on this site into the BMP file on your hard drive (Look under Program Files, then the CMBO folder, then the BMP folder).  The originals can either be saved elsewhere on your hard drive as a backup, or retrieved from the Combat Mission CD if you want to change back to the original artwork.

To save the files, left click on the image.   Actual bitmap files are clearer than the .jpg representations given below.  The names (numbers) of the Combat Mission files that these are meant to replace are given above the images.  The file name used by Combat Mission consists of only three or four digits.

Uniforms

Leather Jerkin  (Files 5011, 5012 and 5014) British Uniform - Blanco No. 3 
(Files 5011, 5012 and 5013)
Courtesy of "badinfo"
D-Day Assault Vest  (Files 5011 and 5014)

5011blanco.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 gloves.bmp (24630 bytes) 5014blanco.bmp (24630 bytes)

5011blanco.bmp (98358 bytes)   5014blanco.bmp (24630 bytes) 5013blanco.bmp (24630 bytes) batjerk.jpg (4096 bytes) batjerk2.jpg (976 bytes)

In response to some winter uniforms added for the other nationalities on other websites, here is the standard British cold weather gear - the brown leather jerkin.  Save the large file as 5011 and the small one as 5014.  The sleeve with the gloves is file 5012.

British web gear was treated with a compound called "Blanco" which helped preserve the web and keep it clean.  Blanco came in different colours; for the field the web gear was often treated with Blanco No. 3 which gave it a darker colour and better camouflage properties.

The Battle Jerkin was designed in response to complaints about the standard 1937 Pattern Web Equipment, and while it did not see widespread issue, it was worn in limited numbers by some assault troops on D-Day and shortly thereafter.  The garment was not popular, being hot to wear, and they were not commonly seen at all by the end of June 1944. 

 

Helmet Net and Shell Dressing (File 5010)

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One standard style of helmet net worn by British troops was half brown and half green; a shell dressing was worn underneath the netting so as to be readily available.  Alternately, the bitmap below right is a bare helmet with no net at all.

5010 dress.bmp (12342 bytes) 5010 nonet.bmp (12342 bytes)

Insignia


southstaff.jpg (9364 bytes)
South Lancashire Regiment

While some of the infantrymen modelled in Combat Mission have distinctive sleeve insignia (German Mountain Troops, Volksturm, and American Paratroopers), British soldiers do not.  Anyone wishing to remedy this can do so with the artwork provided below.  I have designed a .bmp to replace file 5012 in the BMP folder in the Combat Mission program files.  Simply download the desired file and save it as file 5012.   Unfortunately, only one file can be saved in this folder at a time, and all units in the game represented by the infantryman icon will have this insignia.  This file is also used for the sleeves for the tank commanders, etc.  For that reason I've also included generic division bmps for those who don't want to be too unit-specific.  If you are interested in more than one file its recommended that you download them to a seperate folder and don't change the name of the file until you swap it with the 5012 file in the Combat Mission bitmap folder.

INFANTRY DIVISIONS
Note - only the infantry (rifle) battalions of these divisions are listed.

3rd Division

3rd Division was formed in the UK in September 1939.   It served on the Continent between September 1939 and May 1940, and returned to the UK after the fall of France.  The Division returned to Normandy on D-Day, and served in Northwest Europe until the close of hostilities in May 1945.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
8 Infantry Brigade 1st Suffolk Regiment
2nd East Yorkshire Regiment
1st South Lancashire Regiment
9 Infantry Brigade 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment
1st King's Own Scottish Borderers
2nd Royal Ulster Rifles
185 Infantry Brigade 2nd Royal Warwickshire Regiment
1st Royal Norfolk Regiment
2nd King's Shropshire Light Infantry
26 May 40 - 28 May 40 Ypres-Comines Canal

6 Jun 44

Normandy Landing

4 Jul 44 - 18 Jul 44 Caen
18 Jul 44 - 23 Jul 44 Bourguebus Ridge
30 Jul 44 - 9 Aug 44 Mont Pincon
17 Sep 44 - 27 Sep 44 The Nederrijn
8 Feb 45 - 10 Mar 45 The Rhineland
23 Mar 45 - 1 Apr 45 The Rhine
3.gif (3140 bytes)
3rd Division 1 Suffolk R 2 East Yorks 1 S Lanc R 2 Lincolns 1 KOSB 2 RUR 2 Warwicks 1   Norfolk 2 KSLI
5012 1 South Suffolk.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 2ey.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 South Lancs.bmp (98358 bytes)   5012 1KOSB.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 rur.gif (1420 bytes)   5012 Royal Norfolks.bmp (98358 bytes)  
15th (Scottish) Division

15th (Scottish) Division was a second line Territorial Division in 1939; after several reorganizations it was made a regular infantry division in September 1943.  It remained in the UK until going to Normandy on 14 June 1944.   The Division remained in Northwest Europe until after the conclusion of hostilities in May 1945.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
44 Infantry Brigade 8th Royal Scots
6th King's Own Scottish Borderers
6th Royal Scots Fusiliers
46 Infantry Brigade 9th Cameronians
2nd Glasgow Highlanders
7th Seaforth Highlanders
227 Infantry Brigade 10th Highland Light Infantry
2nd Gordon Highlanders
2nd Arygll and Sutherland Highlanders

25 Jun 44

-

2 July 44

The Odon

4 Jul 44 - 18 Jul 44 Caen
30 Jul 44 - 9 Aug 44 Mont Pincon
17 Sep 44 - 27 Sep 44 The Nederrijn
8 Feb 45 - 10 Mar 45 The Rhineland
23 Mar 45 - 1 Apr 45 The Rhine

15.gif (14743 bytes)

15th Division 8 RS 6 RSF 6 KOSB 9 Cameronians 2 Glas H 7 Seaforth 10 HLI 2 Gordons 2 A & SH
5012 15div.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 8rs.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 6rsf.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 6kosb.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 9cameronian.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 2glasgow.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 7sea.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 10hli.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 2gordon.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 7argyll.bmp (98358 bytes)
43rd (Wessex) Division

43rd (Wessex) Division was mobilized in the United Kingdom in September 1939, and trained there until moving to North West Europe in June 1944, where it saw action until the end of hostilities in May 1945.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
129 Infantry Brigade 4th Somerset Light Infantry
4th Wiltshire Regiment
5th Wiltshire Regiment
130 Infantry Brigade 7th Hampshire Regiment
4th Dorsetshire Regiment
5th Dorsetshire Regiment
214 Infantry Brigade 7th Somerset Light Infantry
1st Worcestershire Regiment
5th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

25 Jun 44

-

2 July 44

The Odon

4 Jul 44 - 18 Jul 44 Caen
18 July 44 - 23 Jul 44 Bourguebus Ridge
30 Jul 44 - 9 Aug 44 Mont Pincon
17 Sep 44 - 27 Sep 44 The Nederrijn
8 Feb 45 - 10 Mar 45 The Rhineland
23 Mar 45 - 1 Apr 45 The Rhine
43divpat.jpg (26484 bytes)
43rd (Wessex) Division 4 Som LI 4 Wilts 5 Wilts 7 Hamps 4 Dorset 5 Dorset 7 Som LI 1 Worc R. 5 DCLI
5012 43div.bmp (98358 bytes)       5012 5dorset.bmp (98358 bytes)   5012 5dorset.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 7sli.gif (2658 bytes)    
49th (West Riding) Division

49th (West Riding) Division in 1939 was a First Line Territorial Division; it ceased to function in April 1940, but was reconstituted in June of that year.  The Division was broken up, with some units serving in Iceland, and the Division reassembled in the UK in June 1942.  It trained there until the invasion of Normandy, and after landing in France on 12 June 1944, served on the Continent until the end of the War.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
146 Infantry Brigade 4th Lincolnshire Regiment
1st/4th King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Hallamshire Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment
147 Infantry Brigade 6th Duke of Wellington's Regiment
(Jun 44 - 6 Jul 44)
1st Leicestershire Regiment
(6 Jul 44 - May 45)
7th Duke of Wellington's Regiment
11th Royal Scots Fusiliers
70 Infantry Brigade
(June 44 - 20 Aug 44)
10th Durham Light Infanty
11th Durham Light Infnatry
1st Tyneside Scottish
56 Infantry Brigade
(20 Aug 44 - May 45)
2nd South Wales Borderers
2nd Gloucestershire Regiment
2nd Essex Regiment
7th Royal Welch Fusiliers
(From 53rd Div 28 Apr 45)

25 Jun 44

-

2 July 44

The Odon

1 Oct 44 - 8 Nov 44 The Scheldt

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49th Division 4 Lincoln 1/4th KOYLI Hallams 2 Essex 2 Glosters 2 SWB 1 Leister 11 RSF 7 DWR
5012 49 div.bmp (98358 bytes)         5012 2 glost.gif (1586 bytes)       5012 dwr.bmp (98358 bytes)
50th (Northumbrian) Division

50th Division was formed in the UK in September 1939 and organized as an infantry division in 1940.  It served in the France and Belgium from January to June of 1940, returning to the UK where it served until April 1941.  The Division moved to North Africa, where it served until the end of hostilities there, then moved to Sicily as part of the invasion force, and stayed there until October 1943.  The Division returned to the UK, and trained as one of the assault divisions for D-Day.  After making the landings in Normandy on 6 June, the Division served in France until December 1944, when it moved back to the United Kingdom where it remained until the end of the war.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
69 Infantry Brigade 5th East Yorkshire Regiment
6th Green Howards
7th Green Howards
151 Infantry Brigade 6th Durham Light Infantry
8th Durham Light Infantry
9th Durham Light Infantry
(Until 30 Nov 44)
1st/7th Queens Royal Regiment
(From 4 Dec 44)
231 Infantry Brigade 2nd Devonshire Regiment
1st Dorsetshire Regiment
1st Hampshire Regiment
1st/6th Queens Royal Regiment
(From 4 Dec 44)
26 May 40 - 28 May 40 Ypres-Comines Canal
26 May 42 - 21 Jun 42 Gazala
26 Jun 42 - 30 Jun 42 Mersa Matruh
1 Jul 42 - 27 Jul 42 Defence of Alamein Line
23 Oct 42 - 4 Nov 42 El Alamein
16 Mar 43 - 23 Mar 43 Mareth
6 Apr 43 - 7 Apr 43 Akarit
19 Apr 43 - 29 Apr 43 Enfidaville
9 Jul 43 - 12 Jul 43 Landing in Sicily

6 Jun 44

Normandy Landing

17 Sep 44 - 27 Sep 44 The Nederrijn

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50th Division 5 East Yorks 6 Green Howards 7 Green Howards 6 DLI 8 DLI 9DLI 1/7 Queens 2 Devon 1 Hamps 1 Dorset 1/6 Queens
5012 50div.gif (1246 bytes)                      
51st (Highland) Division

51st (Highland) Division was a first line Territorial Army division in September 1939; the original division went to France where all but the 154th Infantry Brigade were taken prisoner in June 1940.  In August of that year, the 9th (Highland) Division was rechristened 51st.  The "new" 51st Highland Division spent two years training in the UK, then moved to Egypt in August 1942, fighting in North Africa until the German surrender in Tunisia in May 1943.  The Division landed in Sicily in July 1943, and stayed there after the fall of the island.  In November 1943, the division returned to the UK, where it trained for the Invasion, and on 6 July 1944 returned to the Continent.  The Division fought in Northwest Europe until the cessation of hostilities in May 1945.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
152 Infantry Brigade 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
5th Seaforth Highlanders
5th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
153 Infantry Brigade 5th Black Watch
1st Gordon Highlanders
5th/7th Gordon Highlanders
154 Infantry Brigade 1st Black Watch
7th Black Watch
7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
23 Oct 42 - 4 Nov 42 El Alamein
16 Mar 43 - 23 Mar 43 Mareth
6 Apr 43 - 7 Apr 43 Akarit
19 Apr 43 - 29 Apr 43 Enfidaville
5 May 43 - 12 May 43 Tunis
9 Jul 43 - 12 Jul 43 Landing in Sicily
29 Jul 43 - 3 Aug 43 Adrano

18 Jul 44

-

23 Jul 44

Bourguebus Ridge

7 Aug 44 - 22 Aug 44 Falaise
8 Feb 45 - 10 Mar 45 The Rhineland
23 Mar 45 - 1 Apr 45 The Rhine

51.gif (2327 bytes)

51st Division 2 Seaforth 5 Seaforth 5 Camerons 5 BW 1 Gordons 5/7 Gordons 1 BW 7 BW 7 A & SH
5012 51 div.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 2sea.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 5sea.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 5qoch.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 5bw.bmp (98358 bytes)       5012 7bw.bmp (98358 bytes)  
52nd (Lowland) Division

52nd (Lowland) Division was a first line Territorial division in September 1939. The division moved to France in the second week of June of 1940 - after the fall of Dunkirk - and was withdrawn again a week later.  The division trained in the UK in a number of specialized roles, including (ironically enough) Mountain training and airlanding.  In October 1944, the division was finally committed to action in the Scheldt fighting, and remained in Northwest Europe until after the cessation of hostilities in May 1945.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
155 Infantry Brigade 7th/9th Royal Scots
4th King's Own Scottish Borderers
6th Highland Light Infantry
156 Infantry Brigade 4th/5th Royal Scots Fusiliers
6th Cameronians
7th Cameronians
(until 13 Mar 45)
1st Glasgow Highlanders
(From 14 Mar 45)
157 Infantry Brigade 5th Highland Light Infantry
6th Highland Light Infantry
(until 12 Feb 45)
5th King's Own Scottish Borderers
(from 12 Feb 45)
1st Glasgow Highlanders
(until 14 Mar 45)
7th Cameronians
(from 14 Mar 45)
1 Oct 44 - 8 Nov 44 The Scheldt
8 Feb 45 - 10 Mar 45 The Rhineland
23 Mar 45 - 1 Apr 45 The Rhine

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52nd Division 7/9 RS 4 KOSB 6 HLI 4/5 RSF 6 Cameronians 1 Glas H 5 KOSB 7 Cameronians 5 HLI
5012 52div.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 79scot.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 4kosb.bmp (98358 bytes)              
53rd (Welsh) Division

53rd (Welsh) Division was organized in September 1939, and after several more reorganizations in the United Kingdom, where it remainded from 1939 until D-Day, landed in Normandy on 27 June 1944.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
71 Infantry Brigade
(June 1944 - 3 August 1944)
1st East Lancashire Regiment
1st Highland Light Infantry
1st Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Light Infantry
71 Infantry Brigade
(4 August 1944 - May 1945)
1st Highland Light Infantry
1st Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Light Infantry
4th Royal Welch Fusiliers
158 Infantry Brigade
(June 1944 - 3 August 1944)
4th Royal Welch Fusiliers
6th Royal Welch Fusiliers
7th Royal Welch Fusiliers
158 Infantry Brigade
(4 August 1944 - May 1945)
7th Royal Welch Fusiliers
(To 26 April 1945 only)
2nd South Wales Borderers
(26 April 1945 - May 1945)
1st East Lancashire Regiment
1st/5th Welch Regiment
160 Infantry Brigade
(June 1944 - 3 August 1944)
1st/5th Welch Regiment
2nd Monmouthshire Regiment
4th Welch Regiment
160 Infantry Brigade
(4 August 1944 - May 1945)
4th Welch Regiment
2nd Monmouthshire Regiment
6th Royal Welch Fusiliers

25 Jun 44

-

2 July 44

The Odon

4 Jul 44 - 18 Jul 44 Caen
30 Jul 44 - 9 Aug 44 Mont Pincon
7 Aug 44 - 22 Aug 44 Falaise
17 Sep 44 - 27 Sep 44 The Nederrijn
8 Feb 45 - 10 Mar 45 The Rhineland
23 Mar 45 - 1 Apr 45 The Rhine

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53rd Division
Jun - Jul 44
1 Ox & Bucks 1 HLI 1 East Lancs 4 RWF 6 RWF 7 RWF 1/5 Welch 2 Mons 4 Welch
5012 53div.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 53div Ox.bmp (98358 bytes)   5012 53div Ox.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 4rwfe.gif (1335 bytes) 5012 6rwf.gif (1502 bytes) 5012 7rwf.gif (1425 bytes)     5012 4welsh.bmp (98358 bytes)
53rd Division
Aug 44 - 45
1 Ox & Bucks 1 HLI 4 RWF 1 East Lancs 7 RWF 1/5 Welch 6 RWF 2 Mons 4 Welch
5012 53div.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 53div Ox.bmp (98358 bytes)   5012 53div Ox.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012 53div Ox.bmp (98358 bytes)         5012 4welsh44.bmp (98358 bytes)
59th (Staffordshire) Division

A duplicate of the 55th Division at the outbreak of war, the Division underwent many reorganizations and remained in the United Kingdom, training for the Second Front.  The division moved to Normany in June 1944, but due to a shortage of replacement troops in British 2nd Army, the 59th (as the most junior division ashore was broken up for reinforcements.

Composition June 1944 - October 1944 Major Battles
176 Infantry Brigade 7th Royal Norfolk Regiment
7th South Staffordshire Regiment
6th North Staffordshire Regiment
177 Infantry Brigade 5th South Staffordshire Regiment
1st/6th South Staffordshire Regiment
2nd/6th South Staffordshire Regiment
197 Infantry Brigade 1st/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment
2nd/5th Lancashire Fusiliers
5th East Lancashire Regiment
4 Jul 44 - 18 Jul 44 Caen
30 Jul 44 - 9 Aug 44 Mont Pincon

59staff.gif (2696 bytes)

                   
5012 53div.bmp (98358 bytes)                  

ARMOURED DIVISIONS

Note - only the infantry (rifle) battalions of these divisions are listed.

Guards Armoured Division

The Guards Armoured Division was formed in the United Kingdom in 1941, and after many reorganizations, moved to Northwest Europe on 28 Jun 1944, where it fought until the cessation of hostilities in May 1945.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
5 Guards Armoured Brigade 1st Grenadier Guards (Motor)
32 Guards
Infantry Brigade
5th Coldstream Guards
1st Welsh Guards
3rd Irish Guards
(until 21 Feb 45)
2nd Scots Guards
(from 20 Feb 45)

18 Jul 44

-

23 Jul 44

Bourguebus Ridge

30 Jul 44 - 9 Aug 44 Mont Pincon
17 Sep 44 - 27 Sep 44 The Nederrijn
8 Feb 45 - 10 Mar 45 The Rhineland

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Guards Armoured Division 1 Gren Gds 5 Coldstream Gds 1 Welsh Gds 3 Irish Gds 2 Scots Gds
5012 GAdiv.bmp (98358 bytes)     5012wg.bmp (98358 bytes) 5012ig.gif (1189 bytes)  
7th Armoured Division

In 1939, the Armoured Division (Egypt) was a Regular Division; it was redesignated the 7th Armoured Division in 1940.  The Division served in North Africa from September 1939 until September 1943, when it moved to Italy.   After three month's service there, the Division was withdrawn to the UK, and after a period of training landed in Normandy on 8 July 1944.  The Division remained in Northwest Europe until after the cessation of hostilities in May 1945.

Composition June 1943 - May 1945 Major Battles
22 Armoured Brigade 1st Rifle Brigade (Motor)
131 Infantry Brigade 1st/5th Queen's Royal Regiment
1st/6th Queen's Royal Regiment
(until 3 Dec 44)
9th Durham Light Infantry
(From 2 Dec 44)
1st/7th Queen's Royal Regiment
(To 3 Dec 44)
2nd Devonshire Regiment
(From 2 Dec 44)
8 Dec 40 - 11 Dec 40 Sidi Barrani
3 Jan 41 - 5 Jan 41 Bardia
21 Jan 41 - 22 Jan 41 Capture of Tobruk
5 Feb 41 - 8 Feb 41 Beda Fomm
18 Nov 41 - 10 Dec 41 Tobruk
1 Jul 42 - 27 Jul 42 Defence of Alamein Line
30 Aug 42 - 7 Sep 42 Alam el Halfa
23 Oct 42 - 4 Nov 42 El Alamein
6 Mar 43 Medenine
16 Mar 43 - 23 Mar 43 Mareth
6 Apr 43 - 7 Apr 43 Akarit
19 Apr 43 - 29 Apr 43 Enfidaville
5 May 43 - 12 May 43 Tunis
9 Sep 43 - 18 Sep 43 Salerno
22 Sep 43 - 1 Oct 43 Capture of Naples
12 Oct 43

-

15 Oct 43 Volturno Crossing

18 Jul 44

-

23 Jul 44

Bourguebus Ridge

17 Sep 44 - 27 Sep 44 The Nederrijn
23 Mar 45 - 1 Apr 45 The Rhine

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11th Armoured Division

The 11th Armoured Division was created in March 1941 in the United Kingdom, where it served until after D-Day.  The Division moved to Normandy on 13 June 1944, and served there until after the cessation of hostilities in May 1945.

Composition June 1944 - May 1945 Major Battles
29 Armoured Brigade 8th Rifle Brigade (Motor)
159 Infantry Brigade 4th King's Shropshire Light Infantry
3rd Monmouthshire Regiment
(until 3 Apr 45)
1st Herefordshire Regiment
1st Cheshire Regiment
(from 6 Apr 45)

25 Jun 44

-

2 July 44

The Odon

18 Jul 44

-

23 Jul 44

Bourguebus Ridge

30 Jul 44 - 9 Aug 44 Mont Pincon
17 Sep 44 - 27 Sep 44 The Nederrijn
8 Feb 45 - 10 Mar 45 The Rhineland

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11th Armoured Division 4th KSLI
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