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No I.B.D. and No. 1 C.R.U. Algeria 1943

Discussion in 'North Africa: Operation Torch to Surrender of Tuni' started by Allan Mornement, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Allan Mornement

    Allan Mornement New Member

    Nov 8, 2019
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    My father (and his Company) was posted to 3rd Bn. No 1 I.B.D. at Fort de L'Eau near Algiers on 27th March 1943. By 5th April his address was No. 3 C.R.U. He remained with this group until 20th April when he rejoined 1/6 East Surreys. What were No 1 I.B.D. and No. 3 C.R.U. The I.B.D. War Diaries (National Archives) do not mention 3nd Bn. I.B.D., and I can find no record of a No. 3 C.R.U. Could C.R.U. stand for Corps Reinforcement Unit? If so, who did they report to, and where might I find their records?
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  2. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    Think IBD is Infantry Base Depot, Allan, so you might well be spot on with thinking he was a replacement. I would think either War Diaries, or maybe the General Return on the Strength of the British Army records. That was a weekly/monthly return on the Army's strength and exact locations, and ran until 1947.
    After 1943, I believe it changed from listing units by location to listing them by regiment, but it's a long time since I looked at it.

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