30th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)
The Brigade was reformed on 24 April 1940 in the United Kingdom, as the 30th Motor Brigade. It contained two regular army motor infantry battalions and a Territorial motorcycle reconnaissance battalion. It was intended to be part of the 1st Armoured Division, then forming in Normandy, but on 22 May it was hastily sent to Calais in France to defend the port against a German panzer division. After a siege there, lasting three days, the brigade was overrun late on 26 May.
The brigade was reformed on 17 October 1940 as the 30th Independent Brigade Group (Guards), and later converted to the 6th Guards Tank Brigade.
Structure in World War II
- 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
- 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps
- 7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps (1st Battalion, Queen Victoria's Rifles)
- 3rd Royal Tank Regiment (under command)
- 229th Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Artillery (under command)
(As 6th Guards Tank Brigade)
- "30 Infantry Brigade". Orders of Battle.com.
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