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The 57th Indian Brigade (originally 3rd Quetta Brigade) was an infantry brigade of the British Indian Army that was active in the Indian Army during the First World War and took part in the Third Anglo-Afghan War in 1919. It was not reformed for the Second World War.[1]

3rd Quetta Brigade
57th Indian Brigade
ActiveApril 1918 –
Country British India
AllegianceBritish Crown
Branch British Indian Army
Part of4th (Quetta) Division
EngagementsFirst World War Third Anglo-Afghan War



Throughout the First World War, the 4th (Quetta) Division had remained in India. It performed internal security duties and guarded the borders with Afghanistan and Persia,[2] notably by maintaining the East Persia Cordon to suppress arms trafficking.[3] It was mobilized several times for Frontier service.[2]

The 3rd Quetta Brigade was formed at Quetta in April 1918 under 4th (Quetta) Division. In July 1918 it was numbered as the 57th Indian Brigade.[4] The brigade was mobilised in May 1919 with the division and took part in the Third Anglo-Afghan War.[2]

Order of battleEdit

The brigade had the following composition:[5]

In May 1919, the brigade mobilised for the war with Afghanistan with the following units:[2]

  • 1/4th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
  • 2nd Battalion, 119th Infantry (The Mooltan Regiment)
  • 1st Battalion, 129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis
  • 3rd Battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles


The brigade had the following commanders:[4]

From Rank Name
12 April 1918 Brigadier-General M.D. Goring-Jones
16 October 1918 Brigadier-General J.L.R. Gordon

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kempton 2003b, p. 53
  2. ^ a b c d Perry 1993, p. 65
  3. ^ Perry 1993, p. 61
  4. ^ a b Perry 1993, p. 60
  5. ^ Perry 1993, p. 63


  • Kempton, Chris (2003b). 'Loyalty & Honour', The Indian Army September 1939 – August 1947. Part II Brigades. Milton Keynes: The Military Press. ISBN 0-85420-238-2.
  • Perry, F.W. (1993). Order of Battle of Divisions Part 5B. Indian Army Divisions. Newport: Ray Westlake Military Books. ISBN 1-871167-23-X.

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