Formed 8 January 1941 as 56th (London) [Divisional] Battalion Reconnaissance Corps, being redesignated 56th (London) [Divisional] Regiment Reconnaissance Corps on 6 June 1942. From 1 January 1944 onwards it was part of the Royal Armoured Corps as: 56th (London) Reconnaissance Regiment, RAC.
08.01.1941 Lt.Col. N.F.V. Hamilton
03.06.1941 Lt.Col. K.G.F. Chavasse
07.03.1945 Lt.Col. R.W.M.R. Hartland-Mahon
56th (London) Infantry Division 08.01.1941-15.08.1942
78th Infantry Division 01.09.1942-31.08.1945
Landed North Africa Operation Torch
Sicily july 1943 to may 1945