The 47th (London) Infantry Division was an infantry division of the British Army, formed during the Second World War, which remained within the United Kingdom until the end of the war. In March 1939, after the re-emergence of Germany as a significant military power and its occupation of Czechoslovakia, the British Army increased the number of divisions in the Territorial Army (TA) by duplicating existing units. The 2nd (London) Division was formed in August 1939, as a second-line duplicate of the 1st London Division. The division's battalions were all, initially, London-based.

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  • The 47th (London) Infantry Division was an infantry division of the British Army, formed during the Second World War, which remained within the United Kingdom until the end of the war. In March 1939, after the re-emergence of Germany as a significant military power and its occupation of Czechoslovakia, the British Army increased the number of divisions in the Territorial Army (TA) by duplicating existing units. The 2nd (London) Division was formed in August 1939, as a second-line duplicate of the 1st London Division. The division's battalions were all, initially, London-based. Established using the motor division concept, the division was formed with only two infantry brigades, rather than the usual three of an infantry division, and was fully mobile. The intention was to increase battlefield mobility, enabling the motor divisions to follow armoured forces through breaches in the enemy frontline to rapidly consolidate captured territory. Following the Battle of France, the concept was abandoned. The division was then allocated a third infantry brigade, becoming an infantry division and in November 1940 was redesignated the 47th (London) Infantry Division. It was intended that the division would remain in the United Kingdom to complete training and preparation, before being deployed to France within twelve months of the war breaking out. Instead, the division was dispersed in order to protect strategically important locations and undertake anti-invasion duties. Following the Battle of France, the division was moved to Wales to defend the country from invasion. In early 1941, it was deployed to the southern English coast again assigned to anti-invasion duties. During this period, the division innovated training methods that were disseminated throughout the British Army within the United Kingdom. In 1944, parts of the division aided in the deception and administrative side of Operation Overlord. During the year, the division's manpower was slowly bled away as it was used to reinforce combat formations within the 21st Army Group and the division was disbanded in August 1944. The division was reformed in September as the 47th Infantry (Reserve) Division, composed of personnel from the disbanded 76th Infantry (Reserve) Division. The division, now a training formation, was made responsible for the completion of training of soldiers who had passed basic training and their job specific training. After five additional weeks of training, the soldiers would be posted to fighting formations overseas. The division was disbanded as part of the Demobilisation of the British Armed Forces after the Second World War, and was not reformed when the TA was reconstituted in 1947. (en)
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  • The 47th (London) Infantry Division was an infantry division of the British Army, formed during the Second World War, which remained within the United Kingdom until the end of the war. In March 1939, after the re-emergence of Germany as a significant military power and its occupation of Czechoslovakia, the British Army increased the number of divisions in the Territorial Army (TA) by duplicating existing units. The 2nd (London) Division was formed in August 1939, as a second-line duplicate of the 1st London Division. The division's battalions were all, initially, London-based. (en)
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  • 2nd London Division (en)
  • 47th (London) Infantry Division (en)
  • 47th Infantry (Reserve) Division (en)
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