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1st (East African) Infantry Brigade
21st (East African) Infantry Brigade/Group
Active 1939–1945
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Brigade Command
Size Brigade
Part of (See below)
Engagements East African Campaign (World War II)

The 21st (East African) Infantry Brigade was a colonial infantry formation of the East African army groups.

History[edit | edit source]

On 31 August 1939 the brigade headquarters of the 1st (East African) Infantry Brigade was formed in East Africa, and on 3 September the brigade was formed (see organisation below). On 18 October 1940 the brigade was redesignated as the 21st (East African) Infantry Brigade to bring the African brigades in a 'line formation'.[1]

In January 1942 the brigade was reorganised and concurrently designated as a brigade group. On 4 July 1943 the brigade was reverted to the role of an infantry brigade and joined the 11th (East African) Infantry Division. The brigade's only action was during the Battle of The Juba from 4–26 February 1941. The division was finally disbanded in 1946 following demobilisation after the end of World War II.[1][2]

Organisation[edit | edit source]

Organisation of the brigade (with year afterwards) was as follows;[1][2][3]

Commands[edit | edit source]

The brigade served under the following commands;[1][2][3]

Commanding Officers[edit | edit source]

Commanding officers of the brigade included;[1]

Citations[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Lt-Col H.F. Joslen, Orders of Battle, United Kingdom and Colonial Formations and Units in the Second World War, 1939–1945, London: HM Stationery Office, 1960/Uckfield: Naval & Military Press, 2003, ISBN 1-843424-74-6

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