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22nd Armoured Brigade (United Kingdom)

The 22nd Armoured Brigade was an armoured brigade of the British Army that saw service during the Second World War. The brigade was formed as the 22nd Heavy Armoured Brigade on 3 September 1939, with three Yeomanry (Territorial Army) mechanised cavalry regiments – 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) and 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).[1]

22nd Heavy Armoured Brigade
22nd Armoured Brigade
22nd Armoured Brigade Formation Badge (1st pattern).svg
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Part of2nd Armoured Division
7th Armoured Division
1st Armoured Division
1st (United Kingdom) Division
Garrison/HQCampbell Barracks, Hohne
EngagementsSecond World War
North African Campaign
Invasion of Sicily
Battle of Normandy
North West Europe Campaign



Second World WarEdit

A soldier from the 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade, 7th Armoured Division, manning a M1919 Browning machine gun, 31 December 1944.

The 22nd Armoured Brigade fought in the Western Desert Campaign under command at various times of the 7th, 1st and 10th Armoured divisions (remaining with the 7th Armoured Division from El Alamein), the Italian Campaign through to the campaign in North West Europe. It was involved in Operation Crusader, the Siege of Tobruk, Battle of Gazala, Battle of Alam el Halfa, Second Battle of El Alamein, the Tunisia Campaign, the Capture of Naples and Operation Overlord.


For a time after 1947 it was part of the newly re-incorporated 56th (London) Armoured Division, Territorial Army. It comprised the City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders), the Westminster Dragoons, the 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), and 42nd Royal Tank Regiment.[2] The brigade was reinstated by converting Task Force Bravo (which had been created four years earlier from the 11th Armoured Brigade) into an armoured brigade in 1981, assigned to the 1st Armoured Division and based at Campbell Barracks in Hohne.[3][4] It disbanded in 1993.[5]

Components during the Second World WarEdit

The 22nd Armoured Brigade commanded the following regiments and battalions in the war:[6]

From To Subordinate
3 September 1939 16 September 1942 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
3 September 1939 16 September 1942 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)
27 September 1939 29 July 1944 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)
23 November 1940 2 August 1941 2nd Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps
16 February 1942 19 June 1942 50th Reconnaissance Regiment
4 March 1942 6 June 1942 107th (South Nottinghamshire Hussars) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery
19 June 1942 31 August 1945 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade
25 June 1942 2 August 1942 2nd Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery
2 August 1942 12 September 1942 1st Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery
17 September 1942 31 August 1945 1st Royal Tank Regiment
17 September 1942 31 August 1945 5th Royal Tank Regiment
29 July 1944 31 August 1945 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bellis 1994, pp. 16–17
  2. ^ Graham Watson (10 March 2002). "United Kingdom: The Territorial Army 1947". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  3. ^ Black, Harvey. "The Cold War Years. A Hot War in reality. Part 6".
  4. ^ "Campbell Barracks". BAOR Locations. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  5. ^ "201 Squadron". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  6. ^ Joslen 1990, p. 168


  • Bellis, Malcolm A. (1994). Regiments of the British Army 1939–1945 (Armour & Infantry). London: Military Press International. ISBN 0-85420-999-9.
  • Joslen, Lt-Col H. F. (1990) [1st. Pub. HMSO:1960]. Orders of Battle, Second World War, 1939–1945. London: London Stamp Exchange. ISBN 0-948130-03-2.

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