We all knew that 52 Bty RA were going to lose their guns after such a stink was made prior to their AP last year (with 127 Bty RA leaving 26 Regt RA at the same time).
The great rumour that surfaced after their arrival was their 'imminent' departure to 40 Regt RA as a Light Gun Battery! I suspect that 40 Regt RA can handle that task just fine...
12 Brigade, whom 19 Regt RA support, have 4 BGs, hence the requirement for 4 Tac Groups. However, the decision to 'absorb' the fourth Gun Group strikes me a being slightly suspect. I feel that 7 (Para) RHA's Avn Tac Gp policy did much to sow the seeds for the demise of 52 Bty RA Gun Group, as a discrete element.
Poor bloody 19 have had batteries added and taken away more times than I can keep up with. But 40 have had to deal with the stand alone tac gp before when 129 Bty had this inflicted on them in the late 90s. Load of arrse I say. At least they got the gun group back last time, but not much chance now I would have thought
Don't get the logic myself. Take a good Bty (52), move it, give it BOWMAN, ensure it is the only operational Gun Battery that has fired BATUS, and then disband the gun group. This was decided long ago. Rather than look at the strength of other Batteries, rather than look at acapabilities, they disband on a basis of seniority etc. Seems a little odd.
I must say I am not from Niagara, but having worked with them for a while they are an outstanding bunch, with a set of values that will be sorely missed. I just hope that the boys go to new units and spread the good news.