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208th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home)

The 208th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home) was a short-lived Home Defence formation of the British Army during the Second World War.

208th Independent Infantry Brigade (Home)
Active6 October 1940 – 17 October 1941
Country United Kingdom
BranchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
TypeInfantry Brigade
RoleHome Defence
Essex County Division insignia worn by the Brigade in 1941.Essex County Division -vector.svg


The brigade was formed for service in the United Kingdom on 6 October 1940, by No 8 Infantry Training Group in Scottish Command. It was commanded by Brigadier R.N. Stewart and composed of newly raised infantry battalions.[1]


During its service the brigade came under the administrative control of several higher formations: 55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division (16 October–6 November 1940), 42nd (East Lancashire) Infantry Division (6 November 1940 – 20 February 1941), and then became an integral part of Essex County Division from its formation until disbandment on 7 October 1941.[1][2]

The brigade remained in the United Kingdom throughout its service and was itself disbanded on 17 October 1941.[1]

Order of battleEdit

The composition of 208th Brigade was as follows:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Joslen, p. 371.
  2. ^ Joslen, p. 108.
  3. ^ Evans, Nigel F. "Anti-Tank Regiments". British Artillery Regiments in WW2. Retrieved 4 January 2017.