160th (Wales) Brigade

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160th (Wales) Brigade
Active World War I-Present
Country Great Britain
Branch British Army
Type Regular and Territorial Army
Part of Support Command
Garrison/HQ The Barracks, Brecon
Battle honours World War I:
* Battle of Gallipoli
* First Battle of Gaza
* Battle of Nablus (1918)
World War II:
* Battle of Normandy
* Battle of Falaise
* Battle of the Bulge
* Operation Veritable

160 (Wales) Brigade or Brigâd 160 (Cymru) is a regional brigade of the British Army. It is not a formation that would be deployed as other brigades like 12th (Mechanised) Brigade would, but is a regional command responsible for all of Wales. The Brigade organises an annual patrolling competition in the Brecon Beacons known as Exercise CAMBRIAN PATROL.

History[edit]

It was originally part of the Territorial Army's 53rd (Welsh) Division and fought with that division in the First and Second World Wars. The Brigade was reconstituted as a result of British troops being sent to the Western Front during the emergency following the Spring Offensive. Post-war it was, for a time, 160th (South Wales) Brigade of the 53rd Division until the Territorial Army was reorganised as the TAVR and the division was finally deactivated. With the disbandment of 5th Division, the brigade came under the control of the new Support Command based in Aldershot, in April 2012.[1]

Order of battle[edit]

1914–1918 160th (Welsh Border) Brigade[edit]

1918 160th Brigade[edit]

  • /1/7th Royal Welch Fusiliers
  • 1/21st Punjabis
  • 1/17th Infantry
  • 1st Cape Corps commanded by Brigadier General V. L. N. Pearson.[2]

1939–1945[edit]

  • 2nd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment
  • 4th Battalion, Welch Regiment (until 26 August 1944)
  • 1/5th Battalion, Welch Regiment
  • 6th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers (from 26 August 1944)

Current Formation[edit]

Future[edit]

Under the Army 2020 concept, 160th (Wales) Brigade will renamed as 160th Infantry Brigade. It will be one of the seven Adaptable Force brigades. It will comprise of 1st Battalion, The Rifles and 6th Battalion, The Rifles.[3]

Citations[edit]

References[edit]

  • Falls, Cyril; A. F. Becke (maps) (1930). Military Operations Egypt & Palestine from June 1917 to the End of the War. Official History of the Great War Based on Official Documents by Direction of the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence. 2 Part II. London: HM Stationery Office. OCLC 256950972. 

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