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30th Indian Brigade

30th Indian Brigade
Active October 1914 – 29 April 1916
Country  British India
Allegiance British Crown
Branch  British Indian Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of 10th Indian Division
12th Indian Division
6th (Poona) Division
Engagements

First World War

Sinai and Palestine Campaign
Actions on the Suez Canal
Mesopotamian Campaign
Battle of Shaiba
Battle of Ctesiphon (1915)
Siege of Kut
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Br.-Gen. C.J. Melliss

The 30th Indian Brigade was an infantry brigade of the British Indian Army that saw active service with the Indian Army during the First World War. It initially saw active service in Egypt in 1915, before transferring to Mesopotamia. It took part in a number of battles and actions before being besieged at Kut and going into Turkish captivity in April 1916.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Order of battle 2
  • Commander 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • Bibliography 7
  • External links 8

History

Formation

The 30th Indian Brigade was formed in October 1914 as part of Indian Expeditionary Force F (along with the 28th and 29th Indian Brigades) and sent to Egypt.[7]

10th Indian Division

After arriving in Egypt, it joined the 10th Indian Division when it was formed on 24 December. It served on the Suez Canal Defences, notably taking part in the Actions on the Suez Canal on 3–4 February 1915. After the defeat of the Turkish attempts to cross the canal, the division was dispersed and the brigade was sent to Mesopotamia in March 1915.[8]

12th Indian Division

The brigade joined the 12th Indian Division in Mesopotamia in April 1915.[9] With the division, the brigade took part in the Battle of Shaiba (12–14 April), the Affair of Khafajiya (14–16 May), the Actions for Nasiriya (5, 13–14, 24 July) and the Occupation of Nasiriya (25 July).[10]

6th (Poona) Division

The brigade was attached to the 6th (Poona) Division in September 1915.[11] It took part in the Battle of Kut al Amara (28 September), the Battle of Ctesiphon (22–24 November) and the Affair of Umm at Tubul (1 December). After the Battle of Ctesiphon it was decided to withdraw the division to Kut where is was besieged. With the fall of Kut in April 1916, the brigade passed into Turkish captivity.[13]

Order of battle

The brigade commanded the following units in the First World War:[14][15][16]

Commander

The brigade was commanded throughout its existence in the First World War by Major-General C.J. Melliss VC.[18][19][11] He went into captivity with his brigade.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The other half of the 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) was assigned to the 34th Indian Brigade, 12th Indian Division in January 1916;[9] the battalion was brought back up to full strength in 15th Indian Division in June 1916.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Terminology." Survival International. Retrieved 30 March 2012. "Aborigen" Diccionario de la Real Academia Española. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
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  4. ^ http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v506/n7487/full/nature13025.html
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ Perry 1993, p. 172
  8. ^ Perry 1993, p. 118
  9. ^ a b Perry 1993, p. 125
  10. ^
  11. ^ a b Perry 1993, p. 74
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^ Perry 1993, p. 116
  15. ^ Perry 1993, p. 124
  16. ^ Perry 1993, p. 76
  17. ^ Perry 1993, p. 134
  18. ^ Perry 1993, p. 115
  19. ^ Perry 1993, p. 123

Bibliography

External links

  • by PB ChappellThe Regimental Warpath 1914 - 19186th (Poona) Division on at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 May 2008)
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