26th Brigade (Australia)

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26th Brigade
LST Tarakan.jpg
26th Brigade Headquarters landing on Tarakan Island from a LST in May 1945.
Active 1940–1946
Country Australia
Branch Australian Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of 7th Division (1940–1941)
9th Division (1941–1946)
Engagements World War II
David Whitehead

The Australian 26th Brigade was an Australian Army infantry brigade of World War II. The 26th Brigade was raised in 1940 and formed part of the all volunteer Second Australian Imperial Force. Initially, it was assigned to the 7th Division, but was later transferred to the 9th Division with which it served throughout the war. The 26th Brigade saw action in North Africa in 1942–1943, New Guinea in 1943–1944 and on Tarakan Island in 1945. The 26th Brigade was disbanded in Brisbane in January 1946.


The 26th Brigade typically consisted of:[1][2]


The following officers commanded the 26th Brigade during the war:[3]



  1. ^ Johnston 2002, p. xii.
  2. ^ "26 Australian Infantry Brigade: Subordinates". Orders of Battle.com. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  3. ^ "26 Australian Infantry Brigade: Appointments". Orders of Battle.com. Retrieved 3 August 2018.


  • Johnston, Mark (2002). That Magnificent 9th: An Illustrated History of the 9th Australian Division 1940–46. Crows Nest, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-74114-643-7.

External links

  • 26th Brigade war diary, Australian War Memorial
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