3rd Armoured Brigade (United Kingdom)

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The 3rd Armoured Brigade, previously the 1st Heavy Armoured Brigade, was an armoured brigade of the British Army that saw service in World War II with both the 1st and the 2nd Armoured Divisions in the North African Campaign. The brigade headquarters was disbanded on 11 January 1943.

Order of battle

The 3rd Armoured Brigade was constituted as follows during the war:[1]


The following officers commanded 3rd Armoured Brigade during the war:

  • Brigadier V.V. Pope (until 20 April 1940)
  • Brigadier J.T. Crocker (from 20 April until 21 September 1940)
  • Brigadier R.G.W. Rimington (from 21 September 1940 until 8 April 1941)
  • Lieutenant Colonel H.D. Drew (Acting, from 8 April until 2 June 1941)
  • Colonel G.M.O. Davy (Acting, from 2 June until 18 July 1941)
  • Lieutenant Colonel F. Brown (Acting, from 18 to 29 July 1941)
  • Colonel R.C. Keller (Acting, from 29 July 1941)

See also


  1. ^ Nafziger 1992, p. 8


  • Joslen, Lt-Col H.F. (1990) [1st. Pub. HMSO:1960]. Orders of Battle, Second World War, 1939–1945. London: London Stamp Exchange. ISBN 0-948130-03-2.

External links

  • Nafziger, George (1992). "Organization of British Armored Brigades; Structure and Brigade Elemental Assignments by Regiment 1939-1945" (PDF). Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  • "3 Armoured Brigade". Orders of Battle.com.
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