2nd Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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2 (South East) Brigade
Insignia of 2nd (South East) Brigade
Active Since World War I
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Role Regional
Size Brigade
Part of Support Command
Garrison/HQ Shorncliffe Army Camp
Engagements World War I
Battle of Mons
First Battle of the Marne
First Battle of the Aisne
First Battle of Ypres
Battle of Aubers Ridge
Battle of Loos
Battle of the Somme (1916)
Battle of Pozières
Third Battle of Ypres
Battle of Épehy
World War II
Battle of France
Tunisia Campaign
Italian Campaign

The 2nd Infantry Brigade (now the 2 (South East) Brigade) is a British Army Regional Brigade, active since the First World War. It is the regional formation of the Army in the South East of England - the Brigade commands and administers soldiers throughout Kent, Surrey and Sussex - but also Brunei.


During the Second World War the 2nd Infantry Brigade saw active service in many of the major campaigns that the British fought in, from France to Tunisia in North Africa and finally Italy. Throughout the war it was part of the 1st Infantry Division. Today, it is part of the UK's Support Command as the 2nd (South East) Brigade.

Commanders (World War II)[edit]

Component units (World War II)[edit]

Current component units[edit]

In the House of Commons on 25 November 2002 the Secretary of State for Defence said that "The Brigade (along with 52 Brigade) was being re-roled from a regional brigade headquarters to provide better command and control arrangements for light infantry role battalions, all of which are currently deployable. The reorganisation of the brigade will not result in an increase in the number of deployable troops. The change will bring greater coherence to the way that light role units prepare for operations, through improved co-ordination of training".

Following broad reorganisation under the Future Army Structures, 2nd Infantry Brigade was renamed 2nd (South East) Brigade in 2007. The name is in line with its revised role as a Regional Brigade, responsible largely for Territorial Army units.

2nd (South East) Brigade commands:

Note: 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles (2 RGR) is also based at Shorncliffe, but is assigned to 52nd Infantry Brigade.


This Brigade is not listed under the Army 2020 plan. Control of the British Garrison Brunei is under 11th Brigade and possibly PJHQ.[1]

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