234th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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The 234th Brigade was a formation of the British Army during the First World War and Second World War.

First World War[edit]

It was assigned to the 75th Division and served in the Middle East.

Second World War[edit]

The brigade was re-formed on 1 April 1943 from the 4th (Malta) Infantry Brigade, which had garrisoned the island during its siege by air and sea by the Axis powers. The unit was formed as the main British military force for the operation to capture the Dodecanese Islands in late 1943. The brigade, under Major General F. G. R. Brittorous, later replaced by Brigadier Robert Tilney, was landed on the island of Leros. The Brigade, together with other British, Italian and Allied forces, attempted to hold the Dodecanese islands against successive German air attacks and the landings of amphibious German forces, but without success. In the Battle of Kos and the Battle of Leros, German air superiority and tactical ability resulted in British defeats, and their garrisons were forced to surrender after a few days' resistance.

Component units on 16 November 1943 included:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "75th Division". The Long Long Trail. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 

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