Numeric links in the itinerary refer to the map of 59 Division movements shown below.
- 21 August : 59 Division reconstituted as duplicate of 55 Division; Major General John BLAKISTON-HOUSTON appointed to command.
- August-November : Basic training.
- November : Security of vulnerable points in the Liverpool-Birkenhead area. [2 and 3]
- 1 December : New division commander: Major General Thomas Ralph EASTWOOD.
- Jan-May : 1/6 South Staffords and 1/7 Royal Warwicks attached to BEF in France. Evacuated via Dunkirk.
- 11 May : Gen. Eastwood transfered to command of 18 Division. New division commander: Major General Frederick Vavasour Broome WITTS.
- June : Moved to northeast coast of England; alternated between invasion/raid defense and field exercises. [5 to 15]
- 15 February : New division commander: General Sir James Stuart STEELE.
- October : Transfered to Northern Ireland; extensive field exercises. [16, 17, 18]
- 5 April : Gen. Steel promoted to command of 2 Corps. New division commander: Major General William Pat Arthur BRADSHAW.
- February : Transfered to Kent (HQ established at Canterbury); exercises in preparation for participation in the second front. [19 to 25]
- 31 July : 12 Corps establish under Lieut. Gen. Neil Ritchie and designated as the invasion follow-up corps, comprising 43rd (Wessex), 53rd (Welsh), and 59th (Staffordshire) Divisions.
- 30 March : Gen. Bradshaw transfered to command of 48 (South Midland) Division. New division commander: Major General Lewis Owen LYNE (ex 169 Brigade — Middle East, North Africa, Italy).
- 17-25 June : Embarkation for Normandy delayed by Channel storms.
- 26 June : Leading elements of the division arrive in Normandy at Juno Beach [26a, 26b, 27]
- 1 July : Division completes assembly in the Bayeux-Creully area.
- 7-9 July : CHARNWOOD : Battle for Caen 
- 16-18 July : POMEGRANATE : Battle for Noyers 
- 6-14 August : Battles on the Orne River 
- 18 August : Due to a severe shortage of British replacement troops in Normandy, the 59th (as the junior division in 2nd Army) was ordered to disband in order to fill the shortage.
The division historian commented that “Overnight, five years’ training and five weeks’ fighting had been relegated to the past.”
59 Division always prided itself in the fact that it was the only duplicate division to fight overseas.
59 Division Movements
- Alton Towers
- Cannock Chase
- Raby Castle, Staindrop
- Darlington area (Croft Spa, Elton Hall, Wynyard Park)
- West Hartlepool and Seaton Carew
- Catterick Camp
- Barnard Castle
- Killyleagh, County Down
- Brighton (Stanmer Park)
- a) Newhaven, b) Tilbury (embarkation points)
- Juno Beach
- Goupillières and Grimbosq
Map adapted from 59th Division, Its War Story
List colors: Northern Ireland France
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