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Guards Division
British Guards Division Insignia.png
Active First World War
August 1915 -29 April 1919
Second World War
June 1945
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Type Infantry
Engagements Battle of Loos
Battle of the Somme (1916)
Battle of Morval
Battle of Cambrai (1917)
Third Battle of Ypres

The British Guards Division was formed in France in 1915 of battalions from the elite 'Guards' regiments of the Regular Army. It served on the Western Front for the duration of the First World War. The division's insignia was the 'All Seeing Eye'.

There was also a Guards Division in the Second World War which was formed on 12 June 1945 from the Guards Armoured Division which had undergone a reorganisation.


Unit History


The division comprised the following infantry brigades:

1st Guards Brigade 
2nd Guards Brigade 
  • 3rd Battalion, the Grenadier Guards
  • 1st Battalion, the Coldstream Guards
  • 1st Battalion, the Scots Guards
  • 2nd Battalion, the Irish Guards
3rd Guards Brigade 
  • 1st Battalion, the Grenadier Guards
  • 4th Battalion, the Grenadier Guards
  • 2nd Battalion, the Scots Guards
  • 1st Battalion, the Welsh Guards

Each brigade had an attached machine gun company; these were eventually regimented into the 4th Battalion, Machine Gun Guards. The 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards acted as the Division's pioneer battalion.


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