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Other units & establishments: 38th Reconnaissance Regiment Formed in October 1943 from 38, 47 & 55 Independent Recce Sqn; disbanded October 1944, without seeing action. In that month the regiment's title was taken over by 80 (Holding) Regt see below. 54th Reconnaissance Regiment Formed in July 1941 from 21 st Bn Royal Fusi/iers; broken up that November into 45, 54 & 76 Independent Recce Sqns. In February 1943, 45 & 54 Ind Sqns amalgamated with 15 Recce Sqn to form the new 15th (Scottish) Reconnaissance Regt; 76 Sqn became part of 80 (Holding) Regt.
Ernest DeGuire) 48 reorganize on 4 April; it was then that they finally handed in their khaki Reconnaissance Corps berets for the black headgear of the Royal Armoured Corps, as one of the last recce regiments to make the change. In 52 Recce, only A Sqn took part in the Rhine crossing - with a commando brigade - while the remainder carried out traffic control duties. Their Welsh comrades of 53 Recce, with no part in the initial crossing, were assigned to follow up between Rees and Wesel, and made an attack north-east through Bocholt, Stadtohn, Ahaus and Gronau before swinging right across the Ems river.
During October 1944, 53 Recce had served in the 'Island' close to Arnhem, and came under command of US 101st Abn Div before taking part in XII Corps' Operation 'Alan', an attack through s'Hertogenbosch, Tilburg and Breda to clear the ScheIdt. In this offensive the regiment was joined by 340 SP Bty and 1st East Lancs Regt in Kangaroos - armoured personnel carriers improvised from de-gunned Priest SPGs. Tilburg, Breda and Roosendaal were taken and the enemy threat to Antwerp was blunted. In early December, 53 Recce took part in Operation 'Windup', an artillery programme 'to cause the enemy the maximum casualties and discomfort in his positions on the east bank of the Maas by bringing at irregular intervals concentrated fire from all guns in the Division'.