What are the organizational development challenges you face as the new brigade commander? What are three things you can do to address these issues and develop the brigade as a learning organization? Since my departure from this brigade two and a half years ago the brigade has changed in the wrong direction.
The origins of the 2nd Battalion The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry can be traced back to with the formation of the 54th Regiment of Foot. It is important to distinguish this Regiment from one of the same number which was raised in but was renamed the 43rd seven years later.
The number was not fated to endure with this new formation either, as it was renamed the 52nd Regiment of Foot in Their first Battle Honour was secured in during the American War of Independence, when they, alongside the 43rd, their future sister Regiment, won the costly Battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill.
Inthe Regiment began a thirteen-year spell in India, where it was involved in numerous successful campaigns against both restless native elements and the colonial interests of France and the Netherlands. Inthe 43rd and 52nd Regiments, together with the famous 95th Rifles, became a part of the Light Brigade.
This new formation, designed to travel light and march fast, was raised by the enormously capable Sir John Moore, and in it was led by the no less prestigious figure of Sir Arthur Wellesley, the later Duke of Wellington, in a highly profitable engagement against Denmark, resulting in the capture of Copenhagen and the entire Danish fleet.
Inthe 43rd and 52nd Regiments of Foot were respectively renamed the 1st and 2nd Battalions The Oxfordshire Light Infantry, though their former names continued to be used unofficially, indeed during the Second World War, Major-General Gale consistently made reference to the 2nd Battalion as the 52nd.
During the First Battle of Ypres towards the end ofthe Battalion won a victory reminiscent of Waterloo, counterattacking and routing the elite Prussian Guards at Nonne Bosschen. During the remainder of the War, the Battalion participated in many of the bloody campaigns which typically resulted in extreme casualties for little strategic gain.
Indespite being almost surrounded at one stage, the Battalion fought a splendid rearguard action against the enormous German counter-offensive that had finally succeeded in breaking through the front line. The Battalion became a part of the 31st Independent Infantry Brigade and was billeted in Wales in a coastal defence role.
Over the coming months the Brigade was moved to various locations in the East Anglia, London, and Kent areas, before returning to Wales in February for a more long-term posting in the Black Mountains.
It was here, until the end of the year, that the Brigade trained extensively in mountain warfare, travelling light and fast with pack-transport; hundreds of horses and mules. Such specialist activities had considerable repercussions for the future of the Brigade.
At this stage in the war, the British Airborne Forces consisted of just the 1st Parachute Brigade, however in Septemberthe War Office decided that a Brigade of glider infantry should be raised to compliment them. The 31st Infantry Brigade was selected for this task and accordingly, on the 10th October of that year, it was renamed the 1st Airlanding Brigade.
In addition to the 2nd Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, this experimental formation consisted of a further three battalions; the 1st Border, 1st Royal Ulster Rifles, and 2nd South Staffordshires.
Gliders were seen as a necessary method of supporting airborne operations, as they were able to carry additional infantry to reinforce the parachute brigades, and also heavy equipment, such as Jeeps and anti-tank guns.
It was this factor, and the subsequent formation of the 1st Airborne Division, that made it possible for the role of the British Airborne Forces to advance beyond the small-scale and infrequent commando raids that had been previously envisaged.
Nevertheless, twenty months of training passed before the Brigade was earmarked for an action. The 1st Parachute Brigade had been detached since late and had been involved in heavy fighting in North Africa, and with hostilities in that continent at an end, the 1st Airlanding Brigade was called to join them in May to prepare for an invasion of Sicily.
The 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the 1st Royal Ulster Rifles, however, did not accompany the Brigade, but were instead detached to form the experienced nucleus of the 6th Airlanding Brigade. As a part of the newly raised 6th Airborne Division, their task was now to prepare themselves for the invasion of France.
The raid was a great success, the attackers taking the garrisons of both bridges completely by surprise, and within ten minutes both were safely in their hands. Anti-aircraft fire was encountered as their gliders came in to land, one Horsa received a direct hit and disintegrated over the landing zone, resulting in the deaths of three of the six passengers and the serious injury of the remainder.
Because it was unclear as to what the situation would be in Normandy when the Second Lift arrived, the Battalion did not receive definite orders of their objectives until an hour after landing. Their task was to help enlarge the southern sector of the bridgehead by capturing the villages of Herouvillette and Escoville.
The first was taken without a struggle, however increasingly tough resistance was met near Escoville and the Battalion, when it arrived at This had serious consequences for the security of the position, and when the enemy launched a combined infantry and armour attack upon Escoville, the Battalion was badly exposed to their fire and struggled to hold their ground.
Having suffered some eighty casualties in the desperate fighting, Lieutenant-Colonel Roberts ordered the Battalion to withdraw to Herouvillette. Shortly after, Roberts, who had been injured during the landing, was evacuated from the battlefield as he was no longer in a fit condition to exercise command, and so Major Darrell-Brown was appointed the Battalion Commander.
The Battalion remained dug-in around Herouvillette for the following week, during which time it was repeatedly shelled. Until mid-August, the 6th Airborne Division was concerned only with a static defence and a vigorous programme of patrols and sniping to prevent their opponents to the east from becoming settled.
This routine came to an end on the 17th August, when the Division began to follow up the German withdrawal in their area. The first serious resistance was encountered when the Brigade attempted to find a way across the River Touques. At dawn on the 23rd August, "D" Company crossed and established a bridgehead at the cost of a few casualties.
The matter of transferring the remainder of the Battalion, and above all its heavy equipment, was complicated by the absence of boats or bridging material, however one boat was located and the Pioneer Platoon, helped by French civilians, converted it into a raft that could support vehicles.
Thus the Brigade began to cross the River. After much difficulty in dealing with both the enemy and the lie of the land, "C" Company secured a foothold inside the village, but a communications failure led Battalion Headquarters to believe that they were in difficulty, and so "A" and "D" Companies were ordered to attack.
As this was taking place, German artillery shelled the village and caused numerous casualties amongst both the British and Germans.
On that same evening, the 6th Airborne Division received orders to halt its advance on the west bank of the River Risle, the Battalion coming to rest at Foulbec.His initial assignments were as Platoon Leader and Assistant S-3 in the 1 st Signal Battalion, 7 th Signal Brigade, in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
He later commanded B Company, 1 st Signal Battalion and deployed as part of the 93 rd Signal Brigade, VII Corps, during the Persian Gulf War. Jun 15, · A leader that lives P3 passionately will naturally lead other Soldiers to higher performance.
Your dedication to improving your own performance goes a long way toward setting the right example. Battalion and Brigade Commander Quick Wins; Total Army Family Quick Wins; What Leaders Need to Know. Does your Brigade or Battalion. THE BATTALION. COMMANDER'S.
HANDBOOK. U.S. ARMY WAR COLLEGE. Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. June "NOT TO PROMOTE WAR, BUT TO PRESERVE PEACE". The 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony May 23, at Fort Sill's Lucas Polo Field.
focus of this brigade, and lead the command . Above: First of three of Cooper D. Winn Jr's uniforms. Notice the "st MG" with Infantry crossed rifles on the collar and the 42nd "Rainbow Division" Patch.
Battalion and Brigade Commander Lead; Battalion and Brigade Commander Lead. 8 August Again, as I have stated throughout this exam, my vision will be that of the brigade prior to my departure for battalion command in Germany. Back then, the brigade was a cohesive unit, with each unit operating above the standard, and although separate. His initial assignments were as Platoon Leader and Assistant S-3 in the 1 st Signal Battalion, 7 th Signal Brigade, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He later commanded B Company, 1 st Signal Battalion and deployed as part of the 93 rd Signal Brigade, VII Corps, during the Persian Gulf War. September 23 – The th Brigade Engineer Battalion held a change of command ceremony at the Decatur armory. Timothy J. Newman took over for Lt. Col. Douglas M. Masters of Naperville, Illinois.
Battalion commander is a position of outmost importance in the unit. He is responsible for the entire battalion - two companies, four departments, seven teams, and one hundred fifty people overall.
It is definitely a job that requires great trust from your peers and senior naval science instructor.