5th Indian Infantry Brigade

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5th Indian Infantry Brigade
Active 1939–1945
Country British Raj British India
Allegiance  British Empire
Branch British Raj Red Ensign.svg British Indian Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Engagements North African Campaign
East African Campaign
Syria-Lebanon Campaign
Tunisia Campaign
Italian Campaign
Greek Civil War

The 5th Indian Infantry Brigade was an infantry brigade formation of the Indian Army during World War II. It was converted from the 9th Indian Infantry Brigade in September 1939, and assigned to the 4th Indian Infantry Division. The brigade first moved to Egypt and took part in the early battles in North Africa. Then in 1941, it moved to the Sudan with the 5th Indian Infantry Division. Returning to 4th Indian Division command it took part in the Syria-Lebanon Campaign. The brigade then returned to North Africa coming under command of the 5th and 10th Indian Infantry Divisions, and the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division and the 51st (Highland) Infantry Division in the Campaign in Tunisia. The brigade once more returned to the 4th Division for the Italian Campaign and the Greek Civil War.[1]

Commanders during World War II[edit]

  • Brigadier Theophilus J. Ponting (Sep 1939 - Jun 1940)
  • Brigadier Wilfrid Lewis Lloyd (Jun 1940 - Sep 1941)
  • Brigadier Dudley Russell (Sep 1941 - Dec 1942)
  • Brigadier Donald R.E.R. Bateman (Dec 1942 - Apr 1944)
  • Brigadier John C. Saunders-Jacobs (Apr 1944 - 1946)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "5 Indian Brigade". Order of Battle. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  2. ^ "5 Indian Brigade units". Order of Battle. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 

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