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49th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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Country  United Kingdom
Part of  Support Command
Branch  British Army
49th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)
Active  The First World War to 2015
Type  Regular Infantry Territorial Army
Garrison/HQ  Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell

The 49th Infantry Brigade, also known as 49 (East) Brigade, was a brigade of the British Army.



The brigade started its existence as part of the 16th (Irish) Division, part of Kitchener's Army in the First World War. The 16th Division served through the war on the Western Front.

The 49th Brigade also served in Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising from 1953 to 1955-6, incorporating the 1st Battalion, Royal Northumbrian Fusiliers, and the 1st Battalion, Royal Innskilling Fusiliers, joined by the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, from January 1955.

However the core of the Brigade's present history descends from the 49th (West Riding) Division, Territorial Army, which fought in both World Wars. In World War II the Division was involved in the Norwegian Campaign, the guarding of Iceland, and Operation Overlord, where it landed in Normandy under XXX Corps. It was part of the reformed Territorial Army (as an armoured formation for a time) from 1947 to 1967.

The Brigade Headquarters was reformed as a regular HQ with TA units in 1982 as part of 2nd Infantry Division. It consisted of 5th and 7th Battalions, Royal Anglian Regiment, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, 3rd Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment, the Royal Yeomanry, equipped with Fox armoured cars, 100th (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery, with 105mm Light Guns, and 307 OP Battery RA (V). The Division was tasked with the wartime rear-area security of the I (BR) Corps sector, behind the forward armoured divisions, during any Soviet thrust into Western Europe.

Following the end of the Cold War, the Brigade was reorganised as 49 (East Midlands) Brigade on 1 April 1992, and then as 49 (East) Brigade on 1 April 1995 following the merger with 54 (East Anglia) Brigade.

The brigade now has regional responsibility for Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Leicester, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Rutland. In April 2000 the Brigade came under command of the 4th Division based in Aldershot. As from 1 April 2007, the Brigade came under the command of the 5th Division based in Shrewsbury and as of 2012 the Brigade came under the command of Support Command.

Under Army 2020, 49 (East) Brigade was merged with 7th Armoured Brigade to become 7th Infantry Brigade on 13 February 2015.

Regular Units

  • 12 (Air Support) Engineer Group, based at RAF Wittering
  • 15 (UK) Psychological Operations Group, based at Chicksands
  • 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at North Luffenham
  • 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), based at Rock Barracks
  • 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD), based at Debden
  • Headquarters Royal Logistic Corps TA
  • The Light Dragoons, based at Swanton Morley
  • Chilwell Station
  • Territorial Units

  • 3rd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment, based at Bury St Edmunds
  • 6 Regiment Army Air Corps, based at Bury St Edmunds
  • 73 Engineer Regiment, based at Nottingham
  • 100 (Yeomanry) Regiment, Royal Artillery, equipped with L118 Light Gun
  • 158 Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, based in Peterborough
  • 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group, based at Nottingham
  • 254 Medical Regiment, based in Cambridge and other locations
  • Cambridge University Officer Training Corps
  • East Midlands Universities Officer Training Corps, based at Nottingham
  • References

    49th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom) Wikipedia