13th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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The 13th Infantry Brigade was a regular infantry brigade of the British Army that saw active service during both the First and Second world wars.

World War I[edit]

The 13th Brigade was temporarily under the command of 28th Division between 23 February and 7 April 1915, when it was replaced by 84th Brigade from that Division and moved to the regular 5th Division. It served on the Western Front for most of the war except for a brief period in Italy.[1]

Component units[edit]

World War II[edit]

The 13th Infantry Brigade was part of the British Expeditionary Force sent to France in 1940. After the retreat from France the 13th Brigade was involved in the landings on Vichy held French Madagascar in 1942.[2] The brigade, with the rest of 5th Division, fought in the Allied invasion of Sicily and the Italian Campaign where Sergeant Maurice Albert Windham Rogers of the 2nd Wiltshires was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in 1944. In 1945 the 5th Infantry Division was transferred to participate in the final stages of the North West Europe Campaign.[3]

The brigade was part of the 5th Infantry Division throughout the Second World War.[3]


WWII Order of battle[edit]


  1. ^ "The 5th Division in 1914–1918". Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Stone, Bill. "Stone Books, Force 121". Bill Stone. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Unit Histories". Retrieved 2009-11-04.