Infantry brigade

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This page is about infantry brigades in the British system, consisting of three or four battalions. For infantry brigades in the continental system, consisting of two or three regiments of three battalions, see infantry brigade (continental)

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An infantry brigade was a tactical formation with a headquarters, three or four infantry battalions and sometimes some support units. The infantry battalions did not always belong to the same regiment.

For more details of the establishment of a typical brigade, see Chris Baker, The Long, Long Trail: What was an Infantry Brigade?.

British Empire

Brigades were similar in all forces of the British Empire. They usually had four battalions, but were reduced to three in early 1918. The surplus battalions were disbanded to reinforce other battalions. There were usually three brigades in each infantry division throughout the war, although the New Zealand Division sometimes had four.

A machine gun company was added to each brigade in early 1916. These were withdrawn in early 1918 and merged into a machine gun battalion attached to the headquarters of each division.

Every brigade had a light mortar battery from 1916 until the end of the war.

Category: British colonial infantry brigades lists pages for brigades from countries not mentioned below.

United Kingdom

Category: British infantry brigades lists all brigades that have pages, including the British Army, Royal Marines and Royal Naval brigades.


See Category: Australian Imperial Force infantry brigades.


Category: Indian infantry brigades lists all Indian brigades that have pages, including the Indian Army and Imperial Service Troops.

South Africa

See Category: South African infantry brigades.