146th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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146th Infantry Brigade
49th Inf Brigade (Logo Polar Bears).jpg
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Branch British Army
Territorial Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division
Nickname The Polar Bears
Engagements World War II
Battle honours Normandy
49th Inf Brigade (Logo Polar Bears).jpg World War II

The 146th Infantry Brigade was a formation active during the First World War, the Second World War, and with the Territorial Army during the early part of the Cold War.

First World War[edit]

Second World War[edit]

During the Second World war, the Brigade part of the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division, was stationed in Iceland,[1] and adopted as its insignia the Polar Bear on an ice floe. In 1942 they was transferred back to the United Kingdom until June 1944, when it moved to Normandy. Its major contribution to the war was in the Liberation of Arnhem and the fierce battles that led up to it. During the fighting on the Continent, the 49th Infantry Division was nicknamed 'the Polar Bears' because of their logo.



  1. ^ "John Crook's service in Iceland.". Independent Radio Drama Productions. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 

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