20th Indian Infantry Brigade

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20th Indian Infantry Brigade
Active 1939–1943
Country British Raj British India
Allegiance  British Empire
Branch British Raj Red Ensign.svg British Indian Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Engagements Anglo-Iraqi War
Syria-Lebanon Campaign
Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran
Western Desert Campaign
Italian Campaign

The 20th Indian Infantry Brigade was an infantry brigade formation of the Indian Army during World War II.


The brigade was formed in September 1940, by the conversion of the Khojak Brigade and assigned to the 9th Indian Infantry Division. In April 1941, they were transferred to the 10th Indian Infantry Division and took part in the Anglo-Iraqi War, Syria-Lebanon campaign and the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran. Moving to Egypt in June 1942, the brigade was overrun and largely destroyed at Gambut 18 June 1942. The brigade was reformed in the Nile Delta and returned to the 10th Division. The brigade then took part in the Italian Campaign with 10th Division and ended the war in Italy.[1]

Order of battle[edit]

Officers commanding[edit]

The following officers commended the brigade during the war.[3]

Brigadier D. Powell (September 1940 to March 1942)
Brigadier L.E. MacGregor (March 1942 to June 1943)
Brigadier J.B. MacDonald (June 1943 to end of war)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "20 Indian Brigade". Order of Battle. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  2. ^ "20 Indian Brigade Units". Order of Battle. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ "20th Indian Infantry Brigade Command Appointments". Orders of Battle.com. Retrieved 27 October 2015.