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8th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

The 8th Infantry Brigade was an infantry brigade of the British Army that saw active service in both World War I and World War II before being disbanded and reactivated in the 1960s, finally being disbanded in 2006. It was formed before the First World War as part of the 3rd Division. As part of that division it spent the entire war on the Western Front from 1914 to 1918 in the First World War. The brigade was also active during the Second World War.

8th Infantry Brigade
8th Infantry Brigade badge.JPG
Insignia of 8th Infantry Brigade
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
RoleInfantry brigade
Part ofHQ Northern Ireland
Garrison/HQShackleton Barracks, Ballykelly
EngagementsWorld War I
World War II
The Troubles
Brig. Frank Witts
Brig-Gen. Arthur Hoskins


First World WarEdit

The brigade, part of the 3rd Division, was serving in England on the outbreak of the First World War.[1]

First World War CompositionEdit

Second World WarEdit

Universal Carriers and 6-pdr anti-tank guns of the 1st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment during the advance on Venraij, 17 October 1944.

The brigade was in the United Kingdom upon the outbreak of the Second World War, when it was under the command of Brigadier Frank Witts.

Second World War CompositionEdit

The composition was:[2]

Northern IrelandEdit

Reactivated in the mid-late 1960s, the 8th Brigade was part of the 5th Division before arriving in Northern Ireland after the beginning of The Troubles, reporting to GOC Northern Ireland. It was based at Ebrington Barracks, Derry, and covered the north and northwest of the province. The Brigade Headquarters moved to Shackleton Barracks, Ballykelly, County Londonderry in October 2003. The brigade was disbanded and handed over responsibility to HQ 39th Infantry Brigade, based at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, on 1 September 2006.[3]

During 1989, the 8th Infantry Brigade had the following structure:



  1. ^ "The 3rd Division in 1914-1918". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. ^ "8th Infantry Brigade". Orders of Battle. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Shackleton Barracks Ballykelly to Close". Sandes (26 June 2006). Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)