183rd (2nd Gloucester and Worcester) Brigade

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2/1st Gloucester and Worcester Brigade
183rd (2/1st Gloucester and Worcester) Brigade
183rd Infantry Brigade
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The 61st Infantry Division's Second World War insignia
Active 1914–1919
1939–1945
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg Territorial Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of 61st (2nd South Midland) Division
61st Infantry Division

The 183rd (2nd Gloucester and Worcester) Brigade was an infantry brigade formation of the British Army.

First World War[edit]

The brigade was formed during the First World War in 1914, as a duplicate of the 144th (1/1st Gloucester and Worcester) Brigade, from men in the Territorial Force who, for various reasons, did not volunteer to serve overseas when asked at the outbreak of war. As a result, the brigade acted mainly in a reserve role, sending drafts of trained infantrymen to the 144th Brigade, and it also acted in a home defence role. Assigned to the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division, the brigade served on the Western Front from May 1916.

First World War formation[edit]

Second World War[edit]

The brigade disbanded in 1919 after the war, along with the rest of the Territorial Force which was later reformed in 1920 as the Territorial Army. Throughout the spring and summer of 1939, the Territorial Army was doubled in size as a consequence of war with Nazi Germany becoming an increasing possibility. Subsequently, the brigade was reformed in the Territorial Army, now as the 183rd Infantry Brigade, in 1939, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War in September. The brigade was assigned to the 61st Infantry Division. However, the brigade never saw active service overseas and remained in the United Kingdom throughout the war, including a few months spent on anti-invasion duties in Northern Ireland.

Second World War formation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "61st (2nd South Midland) Division". The Long Long Trail. Retrieved 4 February 2012.