royal field artillery

 The Royal Field Artillery (RFA) of the British Army provided close artillery support for the infantry. It came into being when created as a distinct arm of the Royal Artillery on 1 July 1899, and was re-amalgamated back into the Royal Artillery proper, along with the Royal Garrison Artillery, in 1924. The Royal Field Artillery was the largest arm of the artillery. It was responsible for the medium calibre guns and howitzers deployed close to the front line and was reasonably mobile. It was organised into brigades, attached to divisions or higher formations.

Albert Figg

“Albert Figg was a sergeant in the Royal Field artillery. He joined the Swindon Territorial Army at age 18 in 1939. He was with the 43rd division and landed on Gold Beach in Normandy on June 24th. He was with the division when it fought in the hedgerows of Normandy and after the outbreak in the advance through France, Belgium. The division was in another major battle as it advanced into Holland as part of operation Market Garden, the combined ground and airborne attack in september 1944. That campaign ended unsuccesfull. Later in march 1945 another advance let them again into Holland, liberating cities like Hengelo and from there it advanced into Germany towards Bremen.”

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albert figg