BRIGADE ORGANISATION

 

 

During its history the 4th Armoured Brigade had several different organisation structures. Most of them are as follows, in date order, although obviously some units may have fought with the Brigade in between the dates show.

The key orders of battle shown are below, but for those prior to the Brigade leaving 7th Armoured Division after the end of the North African campaign (including its time as an Independent armoured brigade under the Division's command) in 1943 please use the following links ; Late 1939, November 1940, May-June 1941, (Battleaxe) and November 1941 (Sidi Rezegh), April 1942 (Gazala), August 1942 (Alam Halfa), October 1942 (El Alamein), February 1943 (Tunisia),  which show the entire Divisional Organisation

On the page below are shown the orders of battle for the Brigade. These are provided in two sections. One which is just the Brigades organisation from August 1942, the key orders of battle shown are; July to August 1942 (Alam Halfa), October 1942 (El Alamein), November to December 1942 (Pursuit across the Desert), January to May 1943 (Push to Tunis), while under the command of 7th Armoured Division, and the remainder, from July 1943, are those from when the Brigade began its role as an Independent armoured brigade, which are; July-August 1943 (Sicily), September 1943 (Italy), October 1943 - January 1944 (Italy),  and February 1944 - May 1945 (Normandy to Germany)

 

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Order Of Battle - July to August 1942 (Alam Halfa). See Campaigns and engagements - 1942 for details of the engagements

4th Light Armoured Brigade

3rd RHA

4th/8th Hussars (a composite regiment of 4th Hussars, plus one squadron of 8th Hussars as 4th/8th Hussars)

One Squadron - 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)

11th Hussars

12th Royal Lancers

1st Kings Royal Rifle Corp

4th Armoured Brigade Signals Section 

 

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Order Of Battle - October 1942 (El Alamein). See Campaigns and engagements - 1942 for details of the engagements

4th Light Armoured Brigade

3rd RHA

4th/8th Hussars (a composite regiment of 4th Hussars, plus one squadron of 8th Hussars as 4th/8th Hussars)

11th Hussars [1]

Royal Scots Greys

1st Household Cavalry Regiment [2]

2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry

1st Kings Royal Rifle Corp

No 5 Company RASC [1]

14th Light Field Ambulance [1]

4th Armoured Brigade Signals Section 

[1] Attached from 7th Armoured Division

[2] From 1st to 30th November 1942

 

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Order Of Battle - November to December 1942 (Pursuit across the desert). See Campaigns and engagements - 1942 for details of the engagements

4th Light Armoured Brigade

3rd RHA

4th/8th Hussars (a composite regiment of 4th Hussars, plus one squadron of 8th Hussars as 4th/8th Hussars)

Royal Scots Greys

Royal Dragoons

4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment

1st Kings Royal Rifle Corp

No 5 Company RASC [1]

14th Light Field Ambulance [1]

4th Armoured Brigade Signals Section 

[1] Attached from 7th Armoured Division

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Order Of Battle - January to May 1943 (To Tripoli and the Push to Tunis). See Campaigns and engagements - 1943 for details of the engagements

4th Light Armoured Brigade

3rd RHA

Royal Dragoons

Kings Dragoon Guards

2nd Kings Royal Rifle Corp

No 5 Company RASC [1]

14th Light Field Ambulance [1]

4th Armoured Brigade Signals Section 

[1] Attached from 7th Armoured Division.

 

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Order Of Battle - Sicily (July - August 1943). See Campaigns and engagements - 1943 for details of the engagements.

4th Armoured Brigade

3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)

44th Royal Tank Regiment

'A' Squadron The Royal Dragoons

No 5 Company RASC

14th Light Field Ambulance

318th Armoured Brigade Workshops REME

4th Armoured Brigade Signals Section 

 

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Order Of Battle - Italy (September 1943). See Campaigns and engagements - 1943 for details of the engagements

4th Armoured Brigade

3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)

44th Royal Tank Regiment

46th Royal Tank Regiment

50th Royal Tank Regiment

'A' Squadron The Royal Dragoons

111th Field Regiment Royal Artillery

No 5 Company RASC

14th Light Field Ambulance

318th Armoured Brigade Workshops REME

4th Armoured Brigade Signals Section 

 

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Order Of Battle - Italy (October 1943 to January 1944). See Campaigns and engagements - 1943 for details of the engagements

4th Armoured Brigade

3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)

44th Royal Tank Regiment

46th Royal Tank Regiment

50th Royal Tank Regiment

'A' Squadron The Royal Dragoons

2nd Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps

98th Field Regiment Royal Artillery (Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry)

No 5 Company RASC

14th Light Field Ambulance

318th Armoured Brigade Workshops REME

4th Armoured Brigade Signals Section 

 

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Order Of Battle - Normandy to Germany (February 1944 - May 1945). See Campaigns and engagements - 1944 and Campaigns and engagements - 1945 for details of the engagements.

4th Armoured Brigade

The Royal Scots Greys

3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) [1]

44th Royal Tank Regiment

2nd Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps

4th Royal Horse Artillery [2]

5 Company RASC

14th Light Field Ambulance [3]

4th Armoured Brigade Workshops REME (previously 318th Workshops)

4th Armoured Brigade Ordnance Field Park Workshops

No 271 Forward Delivery Squadron RAC

4th Armoured Brigade Signals Section 

 

[1] Merged with 4th CLY to form 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (The Sharpshooters) on 31st July 1944.

[2] Joined 25th June 1944 and was briefly replaced by 6th Field Regt. RA from 28th August 1944 to 5th September 1944, while re-equipping with Sexton Self-Propelled Guns.

[3] Until 18th February 1945.

 

Click here for a list of the locations of the above units in the Spring of 1944

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Listed Order of Battle are: July-August 1943 (Sicily), September 1943 (Italy), October 1943 - January 1944 (Italy),  and February 1944 - May 1945 (Normandy to Germany)

 

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