B.L.A. Units (Mention)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13 March 1945.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey 12:00, 13 March 1945

asked the Secretary of State for War why there is such delay in giving the divisional numbers and names of regiments of the British Army in operations in Europe, when similar information in respect of the American Army is issued in the course of actual operations.

Sir J. Griģģ:

This is, in the first place, a matter for the commander in the field, who is responsible for the safety of his men and the success of his operations. The need to give full details of the regiments which take part is, however, fully appreciated, and my hon. and gallant Friend will no doubt have seen the lists which have been released in the last few days of units which have taken part in the advance to the Rhine. I have taken up the question again recently with commanders-in-chief in the various theatres of war.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Does my right hon. Friend realise that it is difficult to understand sometimes if the British Army is fighting at all on the Western Front? Does he not think that representations might be made to the Allied Commander-in-Chief, to see that adequate publicity is given to both Armies under his command?

Sir J. Griģģ:

This is a difficult and very delicate question. I should like to consider it, without committing myself.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Is it not most mischievous and dangerous to imply that the British Forces are not fighting? Do not we all know that they are fighting, and fighting well, and ought we not to say so?

Sir J. Griģģ:

I think so, and I sincerely hope so.

Photo of Colonel Sir Joseph Nall Colonel Sir Joseph Nall , Manchester Hulme

In view of the time that has elapsed since D-day, could not more adequate publicity be given to the exploits of the British 30th Corps?

Sir J. Griģģ:

I should have thought that a good deal of information about the exploits of the 30th Corps had been given.