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Re: Black Cat regiment WW2
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 05 November 13 13:57 GMT (UK) »
In case anyone is interested here is a book you may find interesting.it is kind of expensive.but you could check your local libary.


Black Cats at War: Story of the 56th (London) Division, T.A., 1939-45 [Hardcover]
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Re: Black Cat regiment WW2
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 06 November 13 15:41 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for posting that bugle boy.  As you said, an expensive book  :(  Will check the library!

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Re: Black Cat regiment WW2
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday 06 November 13 16:22 GMT (UK) »
hi jane I intend to check my library as well. :) if no joy, I will maybe search the web for a used copy.
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Re: Black Cat regiment WW2
« Reply #12 on: Thursday 07 November 13 07:51 GMT (UK) »
Even a used copy fetches a high price Bugle boy, in excess of $100  :(
I did a search on SELMS catalogue & there are two libraries in the UK that have a copy, Herts & Bucks.   https://richmond.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/CHGENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ/55654461?ISGLB=1  Maybe your local library can borrow a copy for you?
As the book seems to have a connection to the Imperial War Museum, I tried to find a copy there but they don't seem to have an online index to their reference books so that might need a phone call!

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Ahh, I see you're in BC, Canada so my idea is not going to work  :(
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Re: Black Cat regiment WW2
« Reply #13 on: Thursday 07 November 13 10:27 GMT (UK) »
The British Library has a copy.

I'm visiting tomorrow and can have a look for you.

BTW, don't ask me to take pictures as they don't allow cameras and photocopies of some items is prohibited.

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Re: Black Cat regiment WW2
« Reply #14 on: Thursday 07 November 13 13:53 GMT (UK) »
thanks jane,I bet it would be an interesting book to read,and a wealth of information.had an uncle who was transferred from the royal ulster rifles to the london irish rifles in 1942 and went all the way the way through Tunisia to Sicily and then to Europe with LIRs,he was wounded in Tunisia in a battle for Hill 286.I think that was the first major battle for the LIRs,they took heavy casualties in those early days.
like I say be a great book to get hold off.B/B
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Re: Black Cat regiment WW2
« Reply #15 on: Thursday 07 November 13 16:46 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for the offer Dawn but it's something I just want to read so it'll have to wait for my next UK visit.
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Re: Black Cat regiment WW2
« Reply #16 on: Saturday 04 November 17 21:58 GMT (UK) »
My father was in the 'Black Cat' - The London Regiment. A bit odd as he was from Westmorland! His ability to drive and ride a motorcycle may have had something to do with it? I have some pictures from his time in WW2.
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Re: Black Cat regiment WW2
« Reply #17 on: Sunday 05 November 17 08:04 GMT (UK) »
The Black Cats were originally a London Territorial Army Division but by the time of North Africa and Italy the Regiments in it did not all come from a London base.  Second, the County Regiments were often receiving drafts of reinforcements from other Regiments and places.  As an example, in Italy there was a shortage of infantry men due to the casualty rate and so men were transferred from the artillery as there was less need for anti-aircraft guns. 
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