27th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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27th Infantry Brigade
Active 1914-1919
1939–1945
1948–1951
Country

 United Kingdom 1939-1951
1950-1951:
 Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand Artillery

India Indian Medical Personnel
Allegiance  United Kingdom 1939-1950
 United Nations 1950-1951
Branch British Army
Role Infantry
Size Brigade
Engagements World War II
Korean War
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Brigadier Basil Aubrey Coad

The 27th Infantry Brigade was a British Army brigade during the Second World War and Korean War. In Korea, the brigade was known as 27th British Commonwealth Brigade due to the addition of Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and Indian units.

Unit History[edit]

First World War[edit]

The 27th Infantry Brigade was formed in August 1914 part of the 9th (Scottish) Division, one of the Kitchener's Army divisions raised from volunteers by Lord Kitchener to serve on the Western Front during the First World War. It was composed of the 11th and 12th Battalions of the Royal Scots, 6th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers and the 10th Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's).[1]

Second World War[edit]

In 1939 this brigade was formed as part of the 9th (Highland) Infantry Division, a duplicate of the 51st (Highland) Infantry Division . When the 51st Highland Division surrendered during the Battle of France the 9th Highland Division was redesignated as a new 51st Division. Due to this the 27th Brigade became the British 153rd Infantry Brigade.

Post Second World War[edit]

An "orders group" of battalion commanders of the 27th British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade in Korea on 22 Oct 1950, following the Battle of Yongju. In the foreground, seated left and leaning forward, is Brigadier Basil Aubrey Coad. Behind them are officers of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the US Army, who had just been extricated by the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

The Brigade was reformed in 1948 and sent out to Hong Kong, but was then sent on to Korea at the outbreak of the Korean War, where Major Kenneth Muir of the Argylls was awarded the Victoria Cross in September 1950.

Soon after arriving in Korea, the brigade was in action, being involved in the defence of the Pusan Perimeter, on 29 August 1950, and the UN offensive to link with the Inchon landings. The brigade was joined in September 1950 by an Australian contingent, 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR), and in December 1950 by the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. At this time the brigade had few of the support units that were a normal feature of other Commonwealth units in Korea, and were always at a disadvantage in this respect, being reliant on US support units.

After further action during the retreat from the Yalu River, the Chinese Winter Offensive (including Third Battle of Seoul in January 1951) and the UN counter-offensive. The Brigade was joined by the specially raised 16 Field Regiment Royal New Zealand Artillery in January 1951, and then a Canadian infantry battalion in February. The brigade's final action was during the Battle of Kapyong in April 1951. Both the Argylls and Middlesex Regiment were relieved and the brigade was disbanded, to be replaced by the fully constituted 28th British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade, part of 1st Commonwealth Division.

Component units[edit]

1939–1940[edit]

1948 onwards[edit]

Commanders[edit]

Korean War[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ p.70 Rikhye, Ravi Order of Battle of the British Army 1914 Richard A Rinaldi 15 Jul 2008
  • Gregory Blaxland, The Regiments Depart: A History of the British Army 1945-70, William Kimber, London, 1971.
  • Brian Catchpole: The Korean War ISBN 1-84119-413-1