1st Armoured Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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The 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade is an infantry brigade of the British Army with a long history including service during both World War I and World War II. It is based at Tidworth Camp.wikipedia
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Guards Division (United Kingdom)

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Upon creation of the Guards Division in August 1915, the brigade lost 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards and 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, both to 2nd Guards Brigade, and was redesignated without the Guards reference in its title as the 1st Brigade. It was with the 1st Division on the Western Front throughout the war.
The 4th (Guards) Brigade was transferred complete from the 2nd Division and redesignated as the 1st Guards Brigade; the 2nd Guards Brigade was formed with two battalions from England and two more transferred from 1st (Guards) Brigade, 1st Division; and the 3rd Guards Brigade likewise with two more battalions from England and two transferred from 20th Brigade, of the 7th Division.

Black Watch

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1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
The 1st Battalion landed at Le Havre as part of the 1st Brigade in the 1st Division in August 1914 for service on the Western Front.

I Corps (United Kingdom)

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Following the end of the Second Boer War in 1902 the army was restructured, and the 1st Guards Brigade was established permanently as part of the 1st Division in the 1st Army Corps, stationed at Aldershot Garrison.
1st Brigade (Guards) (Marlborough Lines)

1st Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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Following the end of the Second Boer War in 1902 the army was restructured, and the 1st Guards Brigade was established permanently as part of the 1st Division in the 1st Army Corps, stationed at Aldershot Garrison.
1st (Guards) Brigade

Scots Guards

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Upon creation of the Guards Division in August 1915, the brigade lost 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards and 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, both to 2nd Guards Brigade, and was redesignated without the Guards reference in its title as the 1st Brigade. It was with the 1st Division on the Western Front throughout the war.
The 1st Battalion, part of the 1st (Guards) Brigade of the 1st Division, was part of the British Expeditionary Force which arrived in France in 1914.

2nd Guards Brigade (United Kingdom)

2nd Guards Brigade
Upon creation of the Guards Division in August 1915, the brigade lost 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards and 1st Battalion, Scots Guards, both to 2nd Guards Brigade, and was redesignated without the Guards reference in its title as the 1st Brigade. It was with the 1st Division on the Western Front throughout the war.
The 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards and 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards joined on 19 August from England and the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards and 1st Battalion, Scots Guards joined on 25 August from 1st (Guards) Brigade, 1st Division.

Future of the British Army (Army 2020 Refine)

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Previously it has been designated 1st (Guards) Brigade, 1st Infantry Brigade, 1st Mechanised Brigade (from the 1990s), and under Army 2020 will assume the 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade title.
The 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division, renamed the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division, comprising three armoured infantry brigades: 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade, 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade and 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade.

Royal Tank Regiment

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Royal Tank Regiment – Armoured Regiment – Based in Tidworth.
Today, it is the armoured regiment of the British Army's 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade.

78th Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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On 11 April 1942 the brigade was redesignated and reorganised as 1st Independent Brigade Group (Guards), with its own support units, until August when it was transferred to the 78th Infantry Division.
The division's first General Officer Commanding (GOC) was Major General Vyvyan Evelegh, and the division comprised the 1st Infantry Brigade (Guards) and the 11th and 36th Infantry Brigades, along with supporting units.

Royal Berkshire Regiment

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8th (Service) Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (from August 1915, left February 1918)
The 8th Battalion transferred in 1916 to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, a Regular Army formation, where they fought in many of the terrible slaughterhouse battles of the war such as the Battle of Aubers Ridge Loos and Passchendaele, the epitome of trench slaughter.

Grenadier Guards

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3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards
The 3rd Battalion was in the 1st Guards Brigade attached to the 1st Infantry Division, commanded by Major General Harold Alexander.

6th Armoured Division (United Kingdom)

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The brigade participated in the Run for Tunis and was transferred to the 6th Armoured Division in early 1943 and saw action in the Tunisia Campaign at the Battle of Fondouk, Battle of El Kourzia and Battle of Tunis in April and May 1943.
It was during this time that the 38th (Irish) Brigade left the division, to be replaced by the 1st Guards Brigade from the 78th (Battleaxe) Division.

Gloucestershire Regiment

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10th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment (from August 1915, disbanded February 1918)
It crossed to France in August 1915 and replaced one of the Guards battalions in the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division.

Household Cavalry Regiment

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Household Cavalry Regiment – Armoured Cavalry Regiment – Based in Windsor.
It serves as the 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade's Formation Reconnaissance regiment and hence is equipped with the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) family of vehicles, including the Scimitar, and is considered, for operational purposes, as part of the RAC.

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

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1st Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers – Armoured Infantry Regiment, based in Tidworth.
In September 2014, the second battalion was amalgamated with the first under Army 2020, forming just one regular battalion - an armoured infantry battalion under 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade.

Merton Beckwith-Smith

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Brigadier M.B. Beckwith-Smith (until 31 May 1940, again from 3 June 1940 until 14 July 1940)
In 1940, during the Second World War, he was given command of the 1st Guards Brigade, part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) sent to France in 1939/1940.

Royal Hampshire Regiment

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2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment (until 1 June 1941, rejoined 10 September 1941 until 25 November 1942, rejoined 18 February 1943, left finally 22 February 1943)
In September 1939, the 2nd Battalion moved to Cherbourg, France with the 1st Guards Brigade, alongside the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards and the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, attached to 1st Infantry Division.

Multi-National Division (South-West) (Bosnia)

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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.
Multi-National Division (South-West) included a British brigade (4th Mechanized Brigade from October 1995, 1st Mechanized Brigade from April 1996, 20th Armoured Brigade from October 1996 and 7th Armoured Brigade from April 1997) as well as Canadian and Dutch units.

Welch Regiment

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1st Battalion, Welch Regiment (from 9 March 1945 until 29 June 1945)
In March 1945 the 1st Battalion was transferred to the 1st Guards Brigade, serving alongside the 3rd Grenadier Guards and 3rd Welsh Guards and replacing the disbanded 3rd Coldstream Guards, part of 6th Armoured Division, and remained with it until the end of the war.

The Rifles

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3rd Battalion, The Rifles – Mechanized Infantry Battalion, based in Edinburgh
4th Battalion, a redesignation of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets. Initially configured in the mechanised role as part of 1 Mechanised Brigade, it remains with that brigade which is now designated 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade. Personnel are based at New Normandy Barracks in Aldershot Garrison. The battalion will convert to a Specialised Infantry battalion, to provide an increased contribution to countering terrorism and building stability overseas.

Battle of Monte Cassino

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Subsequently, the 1st (Guards) Brigade served on the Italian Front 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.
The Allied line was reorganised with the exhausted 4th Indian Division and 2nd New Zealand Division withdrawn and replaced respectively in the mountains by the British 78th Division and in the town by British 1st Guards Brigade.

James Newton Rodney Moore

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1946–1947 Brigadier JNR Moore
From 1946 to 1947 he was CO of the 1st Guards Brigade, also in Palestine, during the Palestine Emergency.

Tidworth Camp

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Royal Tank Regiment – Armoured Regiment – Based in Tidworth. 1st Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers – Armoured Infantry Regiment, based in Tidworth. It is based at Tidworth Camp.
Delhi Barracks is home to Headquarters 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade and its affiliated units and Jellalabad Barracks is home to Headquarters 1st Artillery Brigade and Headquarters South West and its affiliated units.

John McColl

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1997–1999 Brigadier J McColl
He held a variety of commands and military posts before commanding 1st Mechanised Brigade in 1997.

Run for Tunis

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The brigade participated in the Run for Tunis and was transferred to the 6th Armoured Division in early 1943 and saw action in the Tunisia Campaign at the Battle of Fondouk, Battle of El Kourzia and Battle of Tunis in April and May 1943.
On 29 November, fresh units of the 1st Guards Brigade (78th Infantry Division), which had arrived at Algiers on 22 November, began to relieve the 11th Infantry Brigade.