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Command Structure (Brigades)

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 18 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates brigades were reintroduced into the Army command structure; which numbers have been allocated to the brigades (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in Germany; and what is the location of the United Kingdom brigade headquarters.

The Army Board reintroduced the title of brigade into the British Army of the Rhine on 1 January 1981 and into United Kingdom Land Forces on 1 January 1982.The locations and numbers of the brigade headquarters in the United Kingdom, some of which would move to Germany in war, are:

Location
1st Infantry BrigadeTidworth
2nd Infantry BrigadeShorncliffe
2nd Signals BrigadeAldershot
5 Infantry BrigadeAldershot
8 Infantry BrigadeLondonderry
11 Signals BrigadeLiverpool
12 Signals BrigadeLondon
15 Infantry BrigadeTopcliffe
19 Infantry BrigadeColchester
23 Artillery BrigadeChester
29 Engineer BrigadeNewcastle
30 Engineer BrigadeStafford
39 Infantry BrigadeLisburn
49 Infantry BrigadeChilwell
51 Highland BrigadePerth
52 Lowland BrigadeEdinburgh
In order to improve the command and control arrangements for Home Defence, two new brigade headquarters are to be established on 1 January 1983. These are 42 Infantry Brigade at Chester and 54 Infantry Brigade at Grantham. The numbers allocated to brigades in Germany are 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 20, 22, 24 and 33; 24 Brigade will be re-located to the United Kingdom in March 1983.