203rd Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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This article is about the United Kingdom brigade formed during World War II; for the brigade formed during World War I see 203rd (2nd North Wales) Brigade.
203rd Infantry Brigade
Cornwall County Division Insignia vector.svg
Devon and Cornwall County Division insignia
Active 11 October 1940-1 September 1944
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Type Infantry Brigade
Role Home Defence
Part of Devon and Cornwall County Division
77th Division

203rd Infantry Brigade was a Home Defence formation of the British Army during World War II.

Origin[edit]

The brigade was formed (as 203rd Independent Infantry Brigade (Home)) for service in the United Kingdom on 11 October 1940 by No 3 Infantry Training Group in the South West Area (later Devon and Cornwall County Division of Southern Command).[1][2]

Composition[edit]

The composition of 203rd Brigade was as follows:[1]

Commanders[edit]

  • Brigadier G.E.M. Whittuck ( until 16 August 1941)
  • Brigadier G.H. Gilmore (16 August 1941–1 August 1944)
  • Brigadier J.H. Hogshaw (from 1 August 1944)

Service[edit]

203rd Independent Infantry Brigade (Home) served in SW Area/Devon and Cornwall County Division until 1 December 1942, when the County Division was renamed 77th Infantry Division and the brigade was redesignated 203rd Infantry Brigade.[1][4] On 1 September 1944, 77th Division was disbanded and its personnel reformed as 45th (Holding) Division. At the same time 203rd Brigade was redesignated 134th Infantry Brigade. All of these formations remained in the United Kingdom throughout the war.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Joslen, p. 366.
  2. ^ Joslen, p. 108
  3. ^ Forty p. 50
  4. ^ Joslen, pp. 100, 108.
  5. ^ Joslen, pp. 73, 100, 320, 366.

References[edit]

  • George Forty, British Army Handbook 1939–1945, Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1998, ISBN 9780752452401.
  • Lt-Col H.F. Joslen, Orders of Battle, United Kingdom and Colonial Formations and Units in the Second World War, 1939–1945, Volume I, London: HM Stationery Office, 1960/Uckfield: Naval & Military, 2003, ISBN 1843424746.