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Brigade history

The Welsh Division of the Territorial Force originated in 1908 with the North Wales, South Wales and Cheshire Infantry Brigades under command. In 1910 the Welsh Border Brigade came under command. On 13 May 1915 the Division was allocated the number “53”, with the brigades being numbered 158 (North Wales) Brigade, 159 (Cheshire) Brigade and 160 (Welsh Border) Brigade. During The First World War, 160 Brigade served in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine.

In 1920, the Territorial Force was reconstituted as 53rd (Welsh) Division, commanding the North Wales, South Wales and Welsh Border Brigades. Numbers were reallocated in 1923, the South Wales Brigade being numbered 160. Throughout The Second World War, 160 Infantry Brigade served with 7th Armoured Division, 52 Infantry Division but predominately 53rd (Welsh) Division in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

Having been redesignated 160 (South Wales) Brigade in May 1953, the Brigade evolved to encompass the whole Principality as 160 (Wales) Brigade. On 1 December 2014, the Brigade became 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales. An Adaptive Force Brigade commanded by 1st (United Kingdom) Division.

The Brigade insignia

The insignia was developed by Major General B T Wilson, who commanded 53rd (Welsh) Division in 1939. It takes the form of a red letter W, the base of which is on a horizontal bar; symbolic of the firm base from which to step off.
The green background is a reference to the green facings from the uniforms worn by 24th of Foot and the South Wales Borderers.