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1st Armoured Infantry Brigade
[[File:1st Mechanized|240x240px|frameless}}|Insignia of 1st Strike Brigade|alt=]]
Insignia of 1st Strike Brigade
Active 1914 - present day
Country Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Allegiance Monarch of England
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Type Mechanized Infantry
Part of 3rd (UK) Division
Engagements World War I
Battle of Mons
First Battle of the Marne
First Battle of the Aisne
First Battle of Ypres
Battle of Aubers Ridge
Battle of Loos
Battle of the Somme (1916)
Battle of Pozières
Third Battle of Ypres
Battle of Épehy
World War II
Battle of France
El Kourzia
Battle of Monte Cassino
Liri Valley -
Brig Rupert Jones MBE[1]

The 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade is a British Army formation with a long history including service during the First and Second World Wars. It is based in the Wiltshire town of Tidworth.


World War IEdit

Initially as 1st (Guards) Brigade, the formation was part of 1st Division during World War I. On formation of the Guards Division in August 1915, the Brigade lost 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards and 1st Battalion, Scots Guards and was redesignated without the Guards reference in its title. It was with the 1st Division throughout the war. It saw action at the Battle of Mons, the First Battle of the Marne, the First Battle of the Aisne, the First Battle of Ypres, the Battle of Passchendaele, the Battle of Aubers Ridge, the Battle of Loos, the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Pozières and the Battle of Épehy.[2]

Formation before mobilization:

Formation by end of war:

World War IIEdit

Structure before mobilization:

As the 1st Guards Brigade, it took part in the Battle of France in June 1940 and the subsequent Dunkirk evacuation. In 1942 it took part in Operation Torch: the allied landings in north western Africa, arriving in Algiers in November 1942.[2]

The brigade saw action at the Battle of Fondouk, Battle of El Kourzia and Battle of Tunis in April and May 1943. Subsequently, the Brigade served in the Italian Campaign for the rest of the war under command of various divisions, seeing action in the Battle of Monte Cassino (where the brigade played a holding "hinge" role during Operation Diadem) and the Battle of Liri Valley in May 1944.[2]

Commanders (World War II)Edit

Battles and Engagements (World War II)Edit

  • Fondouk - 7th to 11 April 1943
  • El Kourzia - 22nd to 26 April 1943
  • Tunis - 5th to 12 May 1943
  • Battle of Monte Cassino - 11th to 18 May 1944
  • Liri Valley - 18th to 30 May 1944

Post warEdit

After the War the brigade, having lost its 'Guards' title, was transferred to Palestine for internal security duties and then to Egypt for a few months before going back to Palestine in April 1946. Two years later as the British mandate over Palestine ended the brigade and division returned to Egypt. In October 1951, British forces pulled out of Egypt outside of the Suez Canal Zone, and later the brigade returned to the United Kingdom, though it was in Cyprus during the EOKA insurgency for a period in 1957-8.[2]

By the early 1980s the brigade, having been based in the UK for many years, formed the nucleus of the UK Mobile Force earmarked to reinforce Allied Forces Northern Europe in the event of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.[2] After the end of the Cold War it was reassigned as part of the new 3rd (UK) Division and subsequently became a Mechanized Brigade. In 1996 it was deployed to the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, with Multi-National Division (South-West), in 2000 it deployed to Sierra Leone and in 2002 it deployed to Kosovo.[2]


More recently it deployed to Iraq on Operation Telic.[2]


The brigade was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick XVII[3]

Army 2020 and AfterEdit

Under Army 2020, it will be renamed as 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade and remain at its present location in Tidworth, forming part of the Reaction Force.[4][5] Under the Army 2020 refines the brigade is to be redesignated as the "1st Strike Brigade" under the Strike Experimentation Group of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division. The brigades' units will have the brand new Boxer Heavy APC's and Ajax Light Tanks. The brigade is to be mainly based at Warminster and Catterick. By the middle of 2020 the brigade will be fully operational and deployable.

Current FormationEdit

After the Army 2020 reforms and refines the brigade now consists of:[6]

In addition the following units are not under the direct command of the brigade, but are attached:

Brigade CommandersEdit

Recent commanders have included:[7]


External linksEdit

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