53rd Welsh

A World War II Living History Group

71 (International) Brigade

71 Brigade was the only non-Welsh Brigade in the entirity of 53rd Welsh Division. They consequently assumed the very much unofficial, humorous title of 'International' Brigade to go along side the 158 'Royal Welch' and 160 'South Wales' Brigades.

 It retained this title until the re-organisation of the Division on August 3rd 1944 when 158 (Royal Welch) Brigade was removed from being an all RWF Brigade and distributed across the Division to minimise casualties

Units

Until the 3rd August 1944, 71 (International) Brigade consisted of:

1st Battalion, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment

71 Brigade Group

The Brigade Group was all of the forces which came under the Brigade in addition to its three basic Infantry Battalions. The Brigade Group consists of the three infantry Battalions, Brigade HQ, a Battery detached from the Divisional Anti-Tank Regiment, and the Field Regiment of 25 pounders that supported the Brigade. There were often additions of light anti-air units, and attached tank support into this category.

71 Brigade Group consisted of:

71 Brigade HQ

1st Battalion, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment

279 Battery 71 Anti-tank Regiment (initially 8 x 17 pounders, 4 x 6 pounders)

81 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (24 x 25 pounders)

Brigade History

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