11th Indian Cavalry Brigade

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11th Indian Cavalry Brigade
Active14 November 1917 – March 1919
Country British India
AllegianceBritish Crown
Branch British Indian Army
EngagementsFirst World War
Mesopotamian Campaign
Action of Khan Baghdadi
Battle of Sharqat
Br.-Gen. R.A. Cassels

The 11th Indian Cavalry Brigade was a cavalry brigade of the British Indian Army that saw active service in the Indian Army during the First World War. It took part in the Mesopotamian campaign and was broken up soon after the end of the war.


The 11th Indian Cavalry Brigade was formed in Mesopotamia in November 1917 with two cavalry regiments and a horse artillery battery from India. The third regiment joined from Corps Troops, and its machine gun squadron and other support units were assembled in Mesopotamia.[1] It did not join the Cavalry Division (Mesopotamia) but served as an independent formation.[2]

The brigade remained in Mesopotamia for the rest of the First World War, taking part in the Action of Khan Baghdadi (26–27 Match 1918), the Action at Fat-ha Gorge on the Little Zab (23–26 October 1918) and the Battle of Sharqat (28–30 October 1918) under the command of I Corps.[3]

After the Armistice of Mudros, the brigade was not selected to form part of the occupation forces for Mesopotamia. By the end of March 1919 the brigade was broken up.[3]

Order of battle[edit]

The brigade commanded the following units in the First World War:[1][4]


The brigade was commanded from 14 November 1917 by Brigadier-General R.A. Cassels.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Perry 1993, p. 30
  2. ^ Perry 1993, p. 32
  3. ^ a b Perry 1993, p. 33
  4. ^ "No. 31287". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 April 1919. p. 4741.
  5. ^ a b Perry 1993, p. 94
  6. ^ Baker, Chris. "Cavalry units of the Machine Gun Corps". The Long Long Trail. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ Perry 1993, p. 31
  8. ^ Perry 1993, p. 29


  • Moberly, F.J. (1923). Official History of the War: Mesopotamia Campaign. London: Imperial War Museum. ISBN 1-870423-30-5.
  • Perry, F.W. (1993). Order of Battle of Divisions Part 5B. Indian Army Divisions. Newport: Ray Westlake Military Books. ISBN 1-871167-23-X.

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