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153rd Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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Active  1939–1940 1940–1946
Branch  British Army
Size  Brigade
Country  United Kingdom
Type  Infantry
153rd Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)
Part of  51st (Highland) Infantry Division

The 153rd Infantry Brigade, part of the 51st (Highland) Infantry Division, was an infantry brigade of the British Army that fought during both the First and Second world wars. It was raised in 1908, as the 2nd Highland Brigade, upon the creation of the Territorial Force and was later redesignated the 153rd (2nd Highland) Brigade. The division was referred to as the "Highway Decorators" by other divisions who became used to discovering the 'HD' insignia painted wherever the Highlanders had passed through.


Along with its sister brigade, the 152nd Brigade, the 153rd was effectively destroyed when it surrendered at St Valery-en-Caux on 12 June 1940. It was reconstituted from the 27th Infantry Brigade of the 9th (Highland) Infantry Division, which was reorganised in August 1940 as the new 51st Division. It went on to serve in almost all of the major battles in North Africa, Sicily and North-west Europe.

Campaign Honours

  • Battle of France - 1939-1940 (destroyed)
  • Battle of El Alamein - 1942
  • Operation Supercharge - 1942
  • Operation Pugilist - 1943
  • Operation Husky - 1943
  • Operation Overlord - 1944
  • Operation Astonia - 1944
  • Battle of the Scheldt - 1944
  • Battle of the Bulge - 1944/45
  • Operation Plunder - 1945
  • First World War

  • 1/6th Battalion, Black Watch
  • 1/7th Battalion, Black Watch
  • Shetland Companies, Gordon Highlanders
  • 1/4th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
  • 1/5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
  • 1/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
  • Original 153rd Infantry Brigade (1939-1940)

  • 4th Battalion, Black Watch
  • 5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
  • 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
  • Reconstituted 153rd Infantry Brigade (1940-1945)

  • 5th Battalion, Black Watch
  • 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
  • 5/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
  • References

    153rd Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom) Wikipedia

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