11th Indian Infantry Brigade

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11th Infantry Brigade (Indian Army)
Country British India
Allegiance British Empire
Branch British Indian Army
Indian Army
EngagementsWorld War II Greek Civil War

The 11th Indian Infantry Brigade was an infantry brigade formation of the Indian Army during World War II. It was relocated from India to Egypt in the middle of August 1939 and trained at Fayed in Ismailia Governorate on the Great Bitter Lake.[1] In October 1939, it was assigned to the 4th Indian Infantry Division. In May 1942, it was attached to the 5th Indian Infantry Division and in June the 2nd South African Infantry Division when it surrendered after Tobruk was captured by the Germans and Italians in 1942. The brigade was then reformed in Egypt in October 1943 and once more assigned to the 4th Indian Division serving in Tunisia, Italy and, at the end of the war, in Greece.[2]

The brigade was in the North-East Frontier Agency before the Sino-Indian War of 1962 and fought in that war.

Commanders during World War II[edit]

  • Brigadier Alan B. Macpherson (Aug 1939 - Mar 1940)
  • Brigadier Reginald Savory (Mar 1940 - Sep 1941)
  • Brigadier Andrew Anderson (Sep 1940 - Jun 1942)
  • Brigadier Victor C. Griffin (Jan 1944 - May 1944)
  • Brigadier Henry C. Partridge (May 1944 - Oct 1944)
  • Brigadier John Hunt (Oct 1944 - Aug 1945)


[[File:|thumb|left|A 3-inch mortar crew of the 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders training at Mena Camp near Giza, Egypt, 4 June 1940.]]

See also[edit]


  1. Playfair, Vol. I, page 38.
  2. "11 Indian Brigade". Order of Battle. Retrieved 23 October 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. "11 Indian Brigade Units". Order of Battle. Retrieved 23 October 2009.[permanent dead link]


  • Playfair, Major-General I.S.O.; Molony, Brigadier C.J.C.; with Flynn, Captain F.C. (R.N.) & Gleave, Group Captain T.P. (2009) [1st. pub. HMSO:1954]. Butler, Sir James (ed.). The Mediterranean and Middle East, Volume I: The Early Successes Against Italy, to May 1941. History of the Second World War, United Kingdom Military Series. Uckfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. ISBN 978-1-84574-065-8.

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