32nd Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)
32nd Guards Brigade
|Part of||11th (Northern) Division
Guards Armoured Division
|Engagements||World War I
World War II
|John Ormsby Evelyn Vandeleur|
World War I
Component Units during World War I
- 9th Battalion, The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
- 6th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment) (left 18 May 1918)
- 6th Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment
- 8th Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) (disbanded 13 February 1918)
- 2nd Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment) (joined 14 May 1918)
- 32nd Brigade Machine Gun Company (formed March 1916, moved into 11th MG Battalion 28 February 1918)
- 32nd Trench Mortar Battery (joined 17 July 1916)
World War II
The Brigade was reformed as 32nd Guards Brigade on 1 October 1941, joining the Guards Armoured Division, but did not see active service until it arrived in Normandy on 25 June 1944. It fought throughout the campaign in North West Europe.
Component Units during World War II
Its commanding officers in World War II included:
- Brigadier L. Bootle-Wilbraham
- Brigadier G.L. Verney
- Brigadier J.C.O. Marriott
- Brigadier G.F. Johnson
- Lieutenant-Colonel J.C. Windsor-Lewis
- Brigadier J.O.E. Vandeleur
The Brigade was reraised in the early 1950s and joined the 3rd Infantry Division. The Brigade was moved from Cyprus to reinforce the British forces in the Canal Zone in February 1952, but was later disbanded by being redesignated 29th Infantry Brigade.
- Joslen, Lt-Col H.F. (2003) . Orders of Battle: Second World War, 1939–1945. Uckfield: Naval and Military Press. ISBN 978-1-84342-474-1.
- F. G. Spring, 'Appendix III: 11th (Northern) Division', The History of the 6th (Service) Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment (Poacher Books, 2008), 108.
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