101st Logistic Brigade

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101 Logistic Brigade
Logistic Support Group
Combat Service Support Group
101 Logistic Brigade logo.jpg
Insignia of the 101 Logistic Brigade
Active 1999–Present
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Logistics Support Brigade
Part of 3rd Division (United Kingdom)
Brigadier Jonathan Blair-Tidewell
Tim Cross

101 Logistic Brigade came into being during 1999 and was subordinate to HQ Force Troops Command. It was formerly known as the Logistic Support Group before becoming the Combat Services Support Group (UK) (CSSG(UK)) in January 1993. Under the Army 2020 plan, the Brigade re-subordinated from HQ Force Troops Command to 3rd Division (United Kingdom) on the 1st December 2014.


The brigade's first commander was Tim Cross, then a brigadier. 101 Logistic Brigade, which wears the Blackadder tactical recognition flash after the famous television series,[1] was formed in 1999 from what was the Combat Service Support Group (CSSG).

The CSSG was the successor to the Force Maintenance Area (FMA), which was already using the Blackadder flash following its formation in 1990 in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, the then commander of the FMA, Brigadier Martin White, recognised the need for a sense of identity and found inspiration in a letter from his daughter in which she quipped 'I hope you have a cunning plan'. And so it was not long before the transit camps in the port of Al Jubail were named after characters from the programme: Baldrick Lines, Blackadder Camp, Meltchett Lines and Camp Bob.

Then-Brigadier Patrick Cordingley puts it differently, he says that '...the engineers from 39 Engineer Regiment had also constructed a tented camp for another two thousand on some hard standing in the port to house logisticians who were likely to remain there after the rest of us deployed into the desert. This quickly became known, first unofficially and then officially, as Baldrick Lines, after the hapless manservant in the Blackadder television series. (The soldiers adopted Blackadder as something of a mascot. Baldrick's catchphrase, 'I have a cunning plan', became a running joke for the next six months and later on in the campaign the logisticians even adopted a Blackadder arm badge).[2] ) As part of Theatre Troops (until Army 2020) it is able to deploy logistic force elements, including Brigade Headquarters, worldwide, in order to support the UK's military contribution to a national, NATO or a multi-national force.

Current Formation[edit]

Recent Commanders[edit]

Commander Logistic Support

Combat Service Support Group (UK)

101 Logistic Brigade


  1. ^ "Ministry of Defence | Defence News | History and Honour | 'Blackadder' Brigade celebrates 10th birthday". Archived from the original on 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  2. ^ Patrick Cordingley, 'In the Eye of the Storm,' Coronet Books, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1996, 49.
  3. ^ REME battalion marks name change Archived 2013-07-18 at the Wayback Machine.

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