153rd Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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153rd Infantry Brigade
Active 2 September 1939 - 12 June 1940
August 1940 - 1945
Country Great Britain
Branch British Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of British 51st (Highland) Infantry Division
Battle honours Battle of France
North Africa
Sicily
Normandy
Holland
Belgium
Germany
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Brigadier Douglas Alexander Graham
(CBE, DSO and bar, MC, Croix de Gurre)
Insignia
Identification
symbol
51stHighlandpost1940.jpg As part of 51st Division

153rd Infantry Brigade, part of The 51st (Highland) Division, was a British Territorial Army brigade that fought during the Second World War. 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[edit]

Order of battle[edit]

Original 153rd Infantry Brigade (1939-1940)[edit]

Reconstituted 153rd Infantry Brigade (1940-1945)[edit]

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

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