6th Infantry Brigade
Post World War 2 badge of 6th Infantry Brigade
|Garrison/HQ||San Sebastian Barracks, Soest|
|Engagements||Second Boer War|
World War I
World War II
The 6th Infantry Brigade was a regular infantry brigade of the British Army that was in existence during the Second Boer War, the First World War and the Second World War and later formed part of British Army of the Rhine.
Following the end of the Boer war in 1902 the army was restructured, and a 3rd Infantry division was established permanently at Bordon as part of the 1st Army Corps, comprising the 5th and 6th Infantry Brigades.
The following battalions were part of the brigade during 1915.
The 17th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers joined the brigade from the 5th Brigade in February 1918.
At the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 the 6th Infantry Brigade was, as in the last war, part of the 2nd Infantry Division, although with a very different composition. In October the brigade, under the command of Brigadier Noel Irwin, moved with the rest of the division to France to become part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). The brigade was involved in the short Battle of France fighting at the Battles of The Dyle, St Omer-La Bassée and the retreat to and evacuation from Dunkirk in May–June 1940. With the invasion of Burma by the Imperial Japanese Army in early 1942 the brigade was shipped out to India with the 2nd Division where it would remain for the rest of the war, fighting in the Burma Campaign. It fought in the Arakan and at Kohima and Mandalay.
The brigade was composed as follows;
While an Independent Brigade Group fighting in the Arakan between 1 November 1942 and 2 June 1943, the following additional units were attached:
During the 1970s, the brigade was one of two "square" brigades assigned to 3rd Armoured Division. After being briefly converted to "Task Force Foxtrot" in the late 1970s, the brigade was reinstated in 1981, assigned to 3rd Armoured Division and was then was reformed as an airmobile brigade at Salamanca Barracks in Soest from 1986 to 1988 and then reformed again as an armoured brigade from 1988 to 1992.