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2nd (West Africa) Infantry Brigade

2nd (West Africa) Infantry Brigade
Active 1940–1945
Allegiance British Crown
Branch British Empire
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of 2nd (African) Division
12th (African) Division
82nd (West Africa) Division
Engagements East African Campaign (World War II)
Burma Campaign
Brigadier Collen Edward Melville Richards

The 2nd (West Africa) Infantry Brigade was a World War II unit of the British Army it was formed from battalions of the Royal West African Frontier Force in 1940. The Brigade served in the East African campaign in the early part of the war before seeing action against the Japanese in Burma in 1944–45.


  • History 1
    • Formation 1.1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The brigade was originally formed as 4th (

  • Burma

External links

  • Allen, Louis. (1984). Burma: The Longest War 1941–45. Reprinted 2002. Phoenix Press. ISBN 1-84212-260-6.
  • Jackson, Ashley. (2006). The British Empire and the Second World War. Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-85285-417-1.
  • Moreman, T.R. (2005). The Jungle, the Japanese and the British Commonwealth Armies at War, 1941-45. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-7146-4970-2.


  1. ^ Ashley 2006, p. 214.
  2. ^ 2nd (West African) Infantry Brigade.
  3. ^ Moreman 2005, p.268.
  4. ^ "burma star". 
  5. ^ Allen 1984, p. 656.


  • 1st Bn., The Gold Coast Regiment;
  • 2nd Bn., The Gold Coast Regiment;
  • 3rd Bn., The Gold Coast Regiment.[5]

The 2nd (West Africa) Infantry Brigade was made up of the following units:


It first advanced south along the Kalapanzin valley, then crossed a steep and jungle-covered mountain range to converge with the British 81st (West Africa) Division on Myohaung at the mouth of the Kaladan River. This move forced the Japanese to evacuate the Mayu peninsula which they had held for almost four years, and retreat south along the coast. They continued to advance maintaining pressure, on the Japanese capturing the port of Gwa shortly before the Japanese abandoned Burma. [4] Western was wounded in March 1945 and command of the brigade was given to Brigadier Adam Wilson-Brand.

In October 1942 command of the brigade passed to Brigadier 82nd (West Africa) Division and sailed for Ceylon, where the complete division was assembled on July 20. They then moved to Burma and took part in the third Arakan Campaign in December, 1944 as part of Philip Christison's XV Corps.[3]


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