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6th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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Country  United Kingdom
Type  Infantry
Size  Brigade
Branch  British Army
Role  Infantry Brigade
6th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)
Active  1908-1918 1923-1926 1939-1945 1947-1977 1981-1992

The 6th Infantry Brigade was a regular infantry brigade of the British Army that was in existence during the Second Boer War, the First World War and the Second World War and later formed part of British Army of the Rhine.


Second Boer War

The brigade was a part of the Natal Field Force under the command of Major General Sir Geoffrey Barton. It was composed as follows;

  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (4 companies)
  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers
  • World War I

    The brigade was part of 2nd Division. The brigade commanded the following units in the First World War:

  • 1st Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment)
  • 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
  • 13th (Service) Battalion (West Ham), Essex Regiment
  • 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps (to 99th Bde. December 1915)
  • The following battalions were part of the brigade during 1915.

  • 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (August 1914 to December 1915)
  • 1/5th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment) (February 1915 to December 1915)
  • 1/7th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment) (March 1915 to September 1915)
  • 1/1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment (August 1915 to June 1916)
  • The 17th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers joined the brigade from the 5th Brigade in February 1918.

    World War II

    At the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 the 6th Infantry Brigade was, as in the last war, part of the 2nd Infantry Division, although with a very different composition. In October the brigade, under the command of Brigadier Noel Irwin, moved with the rest of the division to France to become part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). The brigade was involved in the short Battle of France fighting at the Battles of The Dyle, St Omer-La Bassée and the retreat to and evacuation from Dunkirk in May–June 1940. With the invasion of Burma by the Imperial Japanese Army in early 1942 the brigade was shipped out to India with the 2nd Division where it would remain for the rest of the war, fighting in the Burma Campaign. It fought in the Arakan and at Kohima and Mandalay.

    Order of battle

    The brigade was composed as follows;

  • 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (9 September 1939 - 31 August 1945)
  • 1st Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers (9 September 1939 - 31 August 1945)
  • 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry (3 September 1939 - 9 September 1941, 19 October 1941 - 31 August 1945)
  • 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment (9 September 1941 - 19 October 1941)
  • 6th Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company (9 September 1939 - 14 December 1940)
  • While an Independent Brigade Group fighting in the Arakan between 1 November 1942 and 2 June 1943, the following additional units were attached:

  • 1st Battalion, Royal Scots
  • 99th (Buckinghamshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • 506th Field Company Royal Engineers
  • 6th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps
  • Post World War II

    The brigade was reformed from 153rd Infantry Brigade in 1947 and then formed part of British Army of the Rhine being based at St Sebastian Barracks in Soest in 1952.

    During the 1970s, the brigade was one of two "square" brigades assigned to 3rd Armoured Division. After being briefly converted to "Task Force Foxtrot" in the late 1970s, the brigade was reinstated in 1981, assigned to 3rd Armoured Division and was then was reformed as an airmobile brigade at Salamanca Barracks in Soest from 1986 to 1988 and then reformed again as an armoured brigade from 1988 to 1992.


    6th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom) Wikipedia

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