|According to information on the MOD / Army websites, an Armoured Brigade in the British Army is essentially composed of an armoured regiment (58 Chally2 tanks), and two armoured infantry regiments (plus the requisite artillery, reconnaissance, logistical, engineer etc. support).
Now, according to other information on the same websites, for the invasion of Iraq, 7th Armored Brigade deployed with 120-odd tanks and 4 armoured infantry battalions. I appreciate that brigade strength is reinforced for high intensity conflicts, but is a doubling in size normal? This is the equivalent of deploying two brigades. If this is the case, why not simply state at the time that two armoured brigades or their equivalent combat power are being deployed to Iraq? Instead, it was clearly stated that two army brigades were deployed to Iraq, 7th Armoured Brigade and 16th AAB.
Interested to hear people’s explanation of this one….