13th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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13th Brigade
13th Infantry Brigade
Active 1914-1918
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of 5th Infantry Division
Engagements World War I
World War II
Miles Dempsey
Douglas Wimberley

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]

Component units included:[1]

World War II[edit]

While a piper plays, a special rum ration is issued to men of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers to mark St Patrick's Day in the Anzio beachhead, 17 March 1944.

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 Infantry Division, fought in the Allied invasion of Sicily and the Italian Campaign where Sergeant Maurice Albert Windham Rogers of the 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in 1944, the first and only VC to be awarded to the brigade and division during the Second World War.

In 1945 the 5th Infantry Division was transferred to the British Second Army participate in the final stages of the North West Europe Campaign where they invaded Germany.[3]

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

Order of battle[edit]

Subordinate units included:[4]


Commanders included:[5]


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  2. ^ Stone, Bill. "Stone Books, Force 121". Bill Stone. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Unit Histories". Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Subordinates". Orders of Battle. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Appointments". Orders of Battle. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Capper, Maj.-Gen. Sir Thompson", Who Was Who (online ed.), April 2014 (A. & C. Black/Oxford University Press). Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Blake, Brig.-Gen. William Alan", Who Was Who (online ed.), April 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  8. ^ London Gazette, 16 December 1930 (issue 33670), p. 8078
  9. ^ London Gazette, 23 December 1930 (issue 33672), p. 8256
  10. ^ London Gazette, 14 December 1934 (issue 34114), p. 8124
  11. ^ London Gazette, 28 December 1934 (issue 34118), p. 8458
  12. ^ London Gazette, 20 September 1938 (issue 34553), p. 5952
  13. ^ London Gazette, 27 September 1939 (issue 34555), p. 6079
  14. ^ London Gazette, 10 January 1939 (issue 34588), p. 215
  15. ^ London Gazette, 14 February 1939 (issue 34598), p. 1068