XVIII Corps (United Kingdom)

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Active World War I
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Type Field corps
Part of Fifth Army

World War I[1]

The British XVIII Corps was a British infantry corps during World War I. It was reactivated, briefly, in Cyprus during World War II as part of a military deception.


British XVIII Corps was formed in France in January 1917 under Lieutenant General Sir Ivor Maxse.[1] It pursued the German forces to the Hindenberg Line and was then merged into VIII Corps in July 1918.[1]

In 1941, during World War 2, the XVII Corps was briefly reactivated as a fictional unit, as part of the Cyprus Defence Plan deception. However, it was later renamed XXV Corps.[2]

General officers commanding[edit]

Commanders included:


  1. ^ a b c The British Corps of 1914-1918
  2. ^ Holt, Thaddeus (2004). The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War. Scribner. ISBN 0-7432-5042-7. 
  3. ^ Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives