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201 Guards Brigade

History

201 Guards Brigade was assigned to 56th Division for the Salerno landings as a replacement for 168 Infantry Brigade which had been detached to serve with 50th Infantry Division in the Sicily campaign. It landed at Salerno on the 9th September as part of the second wave.

Commanding Officers

The following were the unit's Commanding Officers during its service in Italy.

DatesNameComments
- Brigadier J.A. GascoigneWounded by sharpnel at Mieli - a splinter through left arm into lung and a splinter to right arm.
- Lieutenant-Colonel W.H. KingsmillResumed command of 6 Grenadier Guards.
- Brigadier R.B.R. ColvinBrigade Tac HQ hit by 120mm mortar and was badly shaken.
- Lieutenant-Colonel W.H. KingsmillResumed command of 6 Grenadier Guards.
- Brigadier R.B.R. ColvinTaken for medical tests.
- Lieutenant-Colonel W.H. KingsmillResumed command of 6 Grenadier Guards.
- Brigadier R.B.R. Colvin

Organisation

The brigade consisted of the following units during the Italian campaign:

6th Battalion Grenadier Guards

3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards

2nd Battalion Scots Guards

42 Field Company Royal Engineers

5th Light Field Ambulance

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War Diaries

The following are the files in the National Archives that cover the unit's service in Italy.

TNA File NameDescriptionDates
WO 169/8984201 Guards Brigade: HQ.1943 January- June, September
WO 169/8985201 Guards Brigade: HQ.1943 October - December
WO 170/636201 Guards Brigade: H.Q.1944 January - March
WO 170/637201 Guards Brigade: Ord. Fd. Pk.1944 February - April
WO 170/639201 Guards Brigade: R.E.M.E. Wksp.1944 January - August
WO 169/8986201 Guards Brigade: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Workshop (REME Wksp).1943 January - July, September - December
WO 204/1760201 Guards Brigade: command and administration, employment and equipment.1943 May - 1945 March

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