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Montys Ironsides, the third Infantry division, Britains long lasting sloggers...

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I was already thrilled when reading about Normandy, I realized that the third UK infantry division was one of the four BEF divisions who escaped at Dunkerque after giving good defencive retreat. They got the knickname of 'Montys Ironsides', I belive that Monty was their divisonal commander in the summer of 40.

It was they along with a Canadian recon unit who came so close to capturing Caen on D-day, but the emergence of the 21 Panzer div, combined with the jammed up beaches preventing the tanks from showing up in time that snatched the planned taking of Caen immediately, a tragedy that would not only last for weeks but without a doubt cost many a commonwealth soldiers life or wounds.

After this I am somewhat blurry, I know they followed the British troop trail to north Germany, but in what actions they took place I do not know. Also they are still going, I belive the only Divisional size unit that is still left from the ww2 divisions.

The seventh armoured was still going during desert storm as a division, but I noticed that by op Telic they were a regiment, thus leaving the only Div that is still going to the third inf, and making me wonder about their legacy, did they fight in Iraq? Did they fight in Korea? what were they up to during ww1??? Yep, the Ironsides are now the basic infantrymans most historically endued division, and therefore I belive it deserves accolades, stories that anybody can remember and basically a thread to share our love of Military history, and I as half Brit half Finn and having been trained in Infantry in the Finnish army, I wish to learn anything I can about the 3rd 'Ironsides'.

As you might see from my pen name, I am a great fan of the Brit armys somewhat underestimated effort in playing it's part in bringing down one of the most purely evil empires yet seen in the lamentable history of human crime as Churcill more or less put it when describing the nazis.

So, any pics, info, links, you name it, this thread is for the Ironsides!

Yours Truly:

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17poundr,

Send me an e.mail address and I'll send you the Order of Battle of the 3rd Division from WWI & WWII, and I'll see what books there availible that you may wish to read.

Graham.

P.S.

The second photo attachment was interesting, because the gaiters give him the appearance of being a Yank rather than a Brit.

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17poundr,

Send me an e.mail address and I'll send you the Order of Battle of the 3rd Division from WWI & WWII, and I'll see what books there availible that you may wish to read.

Graham.

P.S.

The second photo attachment was interesting, because the gaiters give him the appearance of being a Yank rather than a Brit.

About the mystery ww1 soldier, you might be right there! I didnt look very closely, and as both brit's and US troops had something 'old fashioned looking' on their legs in ww1, I just took him to be a BEF soldier...

By the way, any info on the 3rd Inf divisions exploits in ww1??? That would be interesting too... Did Monty serve in the third div in ww1, or whas the knick name about 'monty's ironsides' a ww2 thing?

Any info would be mucho appreciated, here is my e-mail adress: nels1970@hotmail.com

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17poundr,

Will be on the case shortly and will send e.mail ASAP. Have to walk the dog and have my daughters and wife's tea ready(I'm working nights). Can't really say if Monty served with 3rd Div, but know he served as a junior officer with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

The soldier in the illustration is I would think a WWII Yank prior to adopting the more familiar steel helmet.

Graham.

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