71st Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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71st Brigade
71st Infantry Brigade
Active 1915-1919
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army British Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Disbanded 1946
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71st Brigade (First World War)
71st Infantry Brigade (Second World War)

The 71st Infantry Brigade was an infantry brigade formation of the British Army that saw active service during the First and Second World Wars.

First World War[edit]

The 71st Brigade was raised following the outbreak of war, from men volunteering for Kitchener's New Armies. It was initially part of the 24th Division, but on 11 October 1915 it transferred to the 6th Division, swapping with the 17th Brigade. It fought on the Western Front.

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Second World War[edit]

The 71st Infantry Brigade was reformed in World War II on 28 November 1940, by the redesignation of the Headquarters of 3rd London Infantry Brigade. On 12 December it was again redesignated 71st Independent Infantry Brigade. The brigade consisted of three infantry battalions raised earlier in the year specifically for war service, the 7th King's Own and 8th and 9th York and Lancs The battalions were all transferred to British India on 14 June 1942 and the brigade ceased to be independent and was again redesignated 71st Infantry Brigade[3]

In late 1943 the brigade replaced the 159th Infantry Brigade, which was transferred to 11th Armoured Division, and became part of the 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division. It fought with the division throughout the Western Front of World War II, before finally being disbanded in March 1946. It was commanded by Brigadier D.H. Haugh. During Operation Veritable, the Battle of the Reichswald, in early 1945 Lieutenant Tony Paget, son of General Sir Bernard Charles Paget, of the 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).

Order of Battle[edit]

Recipients of the Victoria Cross[edit]


  1. ^ "24th Division". The Long Long Trail. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "6th Division". The Long Long Trail. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  3. ^ .http://www.petergh.f2s.com/flashes.html#infbrig
  4. ^ http://www.cgsc.edu/CARL/nafziger/939BXIE.pdf