32nd Army Tank Brigade (United Kingdom)
|32nd Army Tank Brigade|
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The 32nd Army Tank Brigade was an armoured brigade formation of the British Army, created during World War II. It was formed, under the command of Brigadier A.C. William, in Egypt on 15 September 1941. The brigade HQ was sent to Tobruk to take command of all Royal Armoured Corps units stationed there, and was attached to the British 70th Infantry Division for Operation Crusader, where Captain Philip J. Gardner of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment was awarded the Victoria Cross. In June 1942 during the Battle of Gazala, a composite brigade was formed in Toronto with surviving elements of the 1st Army Tank Brigade, which surrendered on 22 June after the fall of Tobruk. The brigade was not reformed.
Order of battle
The 32nd Army Tank Brigade was composed of the following:
- 1st Royal Tank Regiment (from 18 September 1941)
- 4th Royal Tank Regiment (from 19 September 1941)
- 7th Royal Tank Regiment (from 18 September 1941, left 22 January 1942, rejoined 10 April 1942)
- "32 Tank Brigade". Order of Battle. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
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