61st Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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For the equivalent formation in World War I, see 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.
61st Infantry Division[1]
Active 1939 - 1945
Country United Kingdom
Branch Infantry
Type Infantry Division
Officer Commanding Major General C. B. Wainwright

The 61st Infantry Division[1][2] was a 2nd Line Territorial Army unit of the British Army during the Second World War formed in 1939 shortly before the outbreak of war on 3 September 1939. The division did not see active service outside Britain.


The 61st Infantry Division[1] was formed as a 2nd Line Territorial Army duplicate division of the 1st Line 48th (South Midland) Division. On 15 April 1940 part of the division (the 146th Infantry Brigade and 61st Division HQ) was converted into Maurice Force, a formation created for operations in the Norwegian Campaign. Although the division was reformed it did not see active service outside the United Kingdom but, after the war in Europe ended, the division was reorganised as a light division and was to be sent to the Far East to fight in the final stages of the Burma Campaign against the Imperial Japanese Army.


Component Units[edit]

182nd Infantry Brigade

183rd Infantry Brigade

184th Infantry Brigade

Support Units

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Joslen, p. 95
  2. ^ Chappell, p. 37


  • Chappell, Mike (1987). British battle insignia (2): 1939-1940. Men-At-Arms. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0-85045-739-4. 
  • Joslen, Lieutenant-Colonel H.F (1960) [1960]. Orders Of Battle Second World War 1939-1945. Naval & Military Press Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84342-474-1. 

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