12th Armoured Infantry Brigade (formerly known as 12th Mechanized Brigade) is one of the Army’s deployable brigades, based on Salisbury Plain as part of 3rd (UK) Division. Due to its complimentary make-up of armoured, medium and light-role troops, 12 Brigade is capable of a wide variety of missions anyway in the world.
The Brigade currently consists of a Headquarters Staff, four Combat units and a host of Combat Support and Combat Service Support units enabling it to live, move and fight wherever and whenever it is required.
The brigade is based throughout the South of England, with its headquarters located in Ward Barracks, in Bulford Camp, Wiltshire.
The King's Royal Hussars
The Royal Lancers
1 Scots Guards
1 Royal Welsh
1 Yorkshire Regiment
As part of the A2020, 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment joined the Brigade in 2015. After a busy year supporting training in 2016, the focus shifted again in 2017 to training ourselves. All battalions trained hard before being ready to deploy on operations throughout the world in 2018.
12 Infantry Brigade was first mobilised for the Boer War in South Africa in 1899, commanded by Major General Clements. Prior to this date the Brigade existed on paper only.
On the outbreak of the 1st World War the Brigade consisted of the 1st Battalion the Lancashire Fusiliers, the 2nd Battalion the Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 2nd Battalion the Essex Regiment. After the signing of the Armistice, 12 Infantry Brigade was disbanded in January 1919.
In the Second World War, 12 Infantry Brigade embarked for France on 5th October to bolster the French Army against an expected German attack. At this time the Brigade consisted of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Fusiliers, the 1st Battalion the Royal Lancashire Regiment and the 6th Battalion the Black Watch.
After reforming in April 1956 as 12th Infantry Brigade, the Brigade spent time in the UK and Germany changing roles several times until its disbandment in 1992.
The Strategic Defence Review in 1998 saw the reformation of the brigade as 12th Mechanized Brigade. In September 1999, Headquarters 12th Mechanized Brigade formed in Montgomery Lines, Aldershot and deployed to Bosnia for a six-month tour.
In 2005, the Brigade deployed to Iraq on Op TELIC 6 and then in the spring of 2007 deployed to Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 6. In the spring of 2012 the Brigade returned for its final tour of Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 16.