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11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East

The 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East is a regular British Army brigade formation that is part of the Army’s 'Adaptable Force' meaning it has operational units under command, as well as regional responsibilities across the South East of England. The Brigade was re-established on 1 August 2014 when 145 (South) Brigade was re-designated as Headquarters 11th Infantry Brigade. In December 2014 the brigade merged with 2 (South East) Brigade to form Headquarters 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East.[1]

11th Brigade
11th Infantry Brigade
11 Light Brigade
11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East
11th Infantry Brigade logo.jpg
Insignia of the 11th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters South East
Active1914–1915
1938–1958
2008–2010
2014–
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
TypeInfantry
SizeBrigade
Part of1st (United Kingdom) Division
Garrison/HQAldershot Garrison
EngagementsWorld War I
World War II
Commanders
Current
commander
Brigadier Thomas H. Bewick
Notable
commanders
Kenneth Anderson
Brian Horrocks

The brigade served in both World War I and World War II. Deactivated in 1958, it was reactivated in 2008 to assume command of the planned Operation Herrick deployment to Afghanistan in late 2009.

HistoryEdit

First World WarEdit

The 11th Infantry Brigade was part of the 4th Division.[2] It was one of the British units sent overseas to France on the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914. It was part of the British Expeditionary Force and fought on the Western Front for the next four years.[2]

Order of BattleEdit

Second World WarEdit

 
East Surrey Regiment enter the ruins of Cassino, Italy, 18 May 1944

The 11th Infantry Brigade was originally part of the 4th Infantry Division as it was during the First World War, serving with it during the Battle of France and was evacuated at Dunkirk in late May 1940 and then in the United Kingdom up until 6 June 1942 when it was reassigned to join 78th Infantry Division (commanded by Vivyan Evelegh, a previous commander of the brigade) which was being newly formed to take part in Operation Torch as part of the British First Army (commanded by Kenneth Anderson, also a previous commander of the brigade).[4] The brigade landed in North Africa at Algiers in November 1942 and fought with 78th Division throughout the Tunisian Campaign which ended with the Axis surrender in May 1943.[5] It then served with 78th Division throughout the campaigns in Sicily and Italy.[6]

Order of BattleEdit

Units included:[7]

CommandersEdit

Commanders included:[8]

21st centuryEdit

In 2008, it was announced that 11 Light Brigade would be reformed to assume command of the planned Operation Herrick deployment to Afghanistan in late 2009. The Brigade was headquartered in Aldershot and was formed using units from existing formations. It was disbanded in 2010 on its return from Afghanistan, with its component units returning to their previous formations.[9]

During the Brigades deployment in Helmand, Afghanistan, it also commanded a Danish Battalion from the Royal Danish Guard Hussar Regiment with its own logistical detachment.[9]

Current formationEdit

The 11th Infantry Brigade is the 'South East' Infantry Brigade for the 1st Division headquartered in Aldershot. The brigade commands the brigade units and British Forces Brunei also. It comprises the following units:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Headquarters 11th Infantry Brigade". British Army Website. 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b Official War Diary of the 11th Infantry Brigade in the 4th Division. Vol. I. France and Flanders. 18 Aug. 1914-14 Feb. 1915. (BL Add. MS. 48355). 1915.
  3. ^ Chris Baker. "The 4th Division in 1914-1918". 1914-1918.net. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Campaign for North Africa". Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  5. ^ "The Tunisia Campaign Replay By ER Bickford" (PDF). Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  6. ^ "The Italian Campaign". Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  7. ^ "11th Infantry Brigade". Orders of Battle. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  8. ^ "11th Infantry Brigade". Orders of Battle. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  9. ^ a b "11 Light Brigade". British Army Website. 2014. Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  10. ^ "1st Bn, The Royal Gurkha Rifles: Service". 28 October 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  11. ^ "The Royal Gurkha Rifles [UK]". 13 December 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Welsh Guards [UK]". 20 December 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Welsh Volunteers [UK]". 27 November 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  14. ^ "The Royal Welsh [UK]". 13 December 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Field Army Restructuring Battalion movements" (PDF). whatdotheyknow.com. whatdotheyknow. 16 August 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019. 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment transfers to 11th Infantry Brigade from 7th Infantry Brigade
  16. ^ "3 PWRR end time in 7 Brigade with sunset ceremony". British Army. Aldershot Garrison. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  17. ^ "The London Regiment [UK]". 23 December 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Field Army Restructuring Battalion movements" (PDF). whatdotheyknow.com. whatdotheyknow. 11 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019. 1st and 2nd Battalions The Royal Irish Regiment have transferred to 11th Infantry Brigade from 160th(Welsh) Infantry Brigade
  19. ^ "1st Bn, 7th Gurkha Rifles: Service". 2 December 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  20. ^ "The Royal Gurkha Rifles [UK]". 13 December 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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