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  1. Hi all I was wondering if anyone could help me with me with a few questions about the deployment of the British Army on Operation in the first Gulf war. (Known to us as Operation Granby). Then one or two questions in general on how the two different type of Armoured brigades are broken up for their battlefield role as battlegroups (Combat teams to our American Cousins). So the British deployed to the Gulf in 1990 1 (UK) Armoured Division consisting of two brigades. 4th Armoured Brigade and 7th Armoured Brigade. Ideally it should have been three. But the army had to strip pretty much all of BAOR to get two 'Modern' (I.E Challenger 1 MBT and Warrior AFV) fully equipped brigades out. Partly to an immediate peace dividend that the British government decided to cash in with the fall of the Berlin wall, and some financial and recruiting problems that BAOR had during the late 80s. (There was a recruiting freeze in 1989 I believe?) So we have: 4th Armoured Brigade No (1) Squadron 16/5 Queen’s Royal Lancers (Recce) 14/20 King’s Royal Hussars (Including A Squadron, Life Guards) Armoured Regiment 1 Royal Scots (Including Queens Company Grenadier Guards) Armoured Infantry Battalion 3 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Including No.2 Company Grenadier Guards) Armoured Infantry Battalion 7 Armoured Brigade A Squadron, Queen’s Dragoon Guards (Recce) Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys) Armoured Regiment Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars (QRIH) Armoured Regiment 1 Staffordshire Regiment Armoured Infantry Battalion Both Brigades then filled out with the usual artillery, engineering and other support arms. So my questions are: 1) Did the division then break these up into 6 battle groups for the actual war phase? Or more/less? What was the breakdown? 2) When Breaking them up. How were they broken up? For an armoured brigade with two armoured regiments and one armoured Infantry; you have 2 Tank Heavy battle groups of 3x Armoured Squadrons with 1 x Infantry Company and one Infantry heavy with 1x Infantry and 1 x Armoured squadron. What happens to the two left over Company's/squadrons? Same for the armoured brigade with one armoured regiment and two infantry battalions. You get battle groups of 2x Armoured squadron with 1 Armoured infantry company, and one Infantry heavy with 2x Infantry company's and 1 x Armoured squadron. What happens to the left over infantry battalion and remaining Armoured squadron does that become a battle group of 3 x infantry companies with 1 armoured squadron? Thanks and regards
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