25th Army Tank Brigade

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25th Army Tank Brigade
2nd Motor Machine Gun Brigade
25th Army Tank Brigade
25th Tank Brigade
Churchill tanks Italy May 1944 IWM NA 14981.jpg
Churchill tanks of the 25th Tank Brigade going forward to support the 1st Canadian Division, Italy, 17 May 1944. This was the first deployment of Churchills in the Italian Campaign.
Active 1939–1945
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Armoured
Size Brigade
Engagements Tunisia Campaign, Italian Campaign

The 25th Army Tank Brigade was an armoured brigade formation of the British Army that was active before and during World War II. It served with the British First Army and the British Eighth Army during the battles in North Africa and Italy.


The unit was formed on 3 September 1939 as a 2nd Line Territorial Army Tank Brigade, but had very few tanks. On 28 May 1940, it was converted to the 2nd Motor Machine Gun Brigade in recognition of this lack of tanks, but converted back to an Army Tank Brigade on 10 December 1940. It was redesignated the 25th Tank Brigade on 1 June 1942.[1]

Churchill tanks of 51st Royal Tank Regiment move forward near Isola Del Piano in support of 138th Brigade during the advance on the Gothic Line, Italy.

It fought in Tunisia under the British First Army and in the Italy as part of the British Eighth Army.

Commanding officers[edit]

  • Brig. T.D. Murray
  • Brig. R.H. Maxwell
  • Lieut.Col. D. Dawnay (acting)
  • Brig. J.N. Tetley
  • Brig. E.W.H. Clarke

Order of battle[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]


  • Hughes, David; Ryan, David A.; Rothwell, Steve (2002). British Tank and Armoured Brigades, 79th Armoured Division, Armoured Car Regiments, African, Malayan and other Colonial Forces. The British Armies in World War Two: An Organizational History. Four. George F. Nafziger. ISBN 1-58545-085-5. 
  • Joslen, H. F. (1990). Orders of Battle, Second World War 1939-1945 (reprint ed.). London: London Stamp Exchange. ISBN 0-948130-03-2.