11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East

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11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East
11th Infantry Brigade logo.jpg
Active 1914–1915
1938–1958
2008–2010
2014–
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Infantry
Garrison/HQ Aldershot
Engagements Italian Campaign
Battle honours Operation Torch
Commanders
Notable
commanders
K.A.N. Anderson

The 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East is a regular British Army formation that is part of the Army’s 'Adaptable Force' meaning it has operational units under command, as well as regional responsibilities across the South East of England. The Brigade was re-established on 1 August 2014 when 145 (South) Brigade was re-designated as Headquarters 11th Infantry Brigade.[1]

It served in both the First and Second World Wars. Deactivated in 1958 it was reactivated in 2008 to assume command of the planned Operation Herrick deployment to Afghanistan in late 2009.

History[edit]

First World War[edit]

The 11th Infantry Brigade was part of the 4th Infantry Division.[2] It was one of the British units sent overseas to France on the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914. It was part of the British Expeditionary Force and fought on the Western Front for the next four years.[2]

Commanders[edit]

Component units[edit]

Second World War[edit]

The 11th Infantry Brigade was originally part of the 4th Infantry Division, serving with it during the Battle of France in 1940 and then in the United Kingdom up until 6 June 1942 when it was reassigned to join 78th Infantry Division (commanded by Vivyan Evelegh, a previous commander of the brigade) which was being newly formed to take part in Operation Torch as part of the British First Army (commanded by Kenneth Anderson, also a previous commander of the brigade).[3] The brigade landed in North Africa at Algiers in November 1942 and fought with 78th Division throughout the Tunisian Campaign which ended with the Axis surrender in May 1943.[4] It then served with 78th Division throughout the campaigns in Sicily and Italy.[5]

Commanders[edit]

Commanders included:[6]

Component units[edit]

Units included:[7]

21st century[edit]

In 2008, it was announced that 11 Light Brigade would be reformed to assume command of the planned Operation Herrick deployment to Afghanistan in late 2009. The Brigade was headquartered in Aldershot and was formed using units from existing formations. It was disbanded in 2010 on its return from Afghanistan, with its component units returning to their previous formations.[8]

During the Brigades deployment in Helmand, Afghanistan, it also commanded a Danish Battalion from the Royal Danish Guard Hussar Regiment with its own logistical detachment.[8]

Current[edit]

The brigade is the Regional Point of Command for the South East of England, as well as responsibility for British Forces Brunei. The units under it are the Welsh Guards, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Welsh, the Grenadier Guards, the London Regiment and Royal Gurkha Rifles.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Headquarters 11th Infantry Brigade". British Army Website. 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Official War Diary of the 11th Infantry Brigade in the 4th Division. Vol. I. France and Flanders. 18 Aug. 1914-14 Feb. 1915. (BL Add. MS. 48355). 1915. 
  3. ^ "Campaign for North Africa". Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Tunisia Campaign Replay By ER Bickford". Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Italian Campaign". Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "11th Infantry Brigade". Orders of Battle. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "11th Infantry Brigade". Orders of Battle. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "11 Light Brigade". British Army Website. 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Transforming the British Army: An Update". British Army Website. July 2013. p. 9. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Regular Army Basing Matrix By Formation And Unit". Army Families Federation (AFF). 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 

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