The Wana Brigade was formed under the British Empire in India as an infantry formation for service in the Second World War. The brigade was raised after the reforms in the British Indian Army in September 1939. The main objective of the brigade was to serve on the North West Frontier during the war. It was normal practice in the British Indian Army for newly formed battalions to be stationed to the North West Frontier for providing military service before being posted in Italy, Burma or Africa.
The Wana Brigade remained in active service from the year 1939 till 1945. Brigadier C. O. Harvey and Brigadier Lewis Heath were some of the most reputed commandants of the infantry formation.
Formation of Wana Brigade
The Wana Brigade was formed with several infantry regiments which are listed as follows-
* 1/18th Royal Garhwal Rifles
* 2/3rd Gurkha Rifles
* 2/8th Gurkha Rifles
* 2/2nd Punjab Regiment
* 2/13th Frontier Force Rifles
* 3/8th Punjab Regiment
* 2nd Jammu and Kashmir Rifles
* 4/14th Punjab Regiment
* 1/3rd Gurkha Rifles
* 3/6th Rajputana Rifles
* 4/2nd Gurkha Rifles
* 6/12th Frontier Force Regiment
* 4/7th Gurkha Rifles
* 5/15th Punjab Regiment
* 14/6th Rajputana Rifles
* 16/13th Frontier Force Rifles
* Shamsher Dal Regiment
* 15/6th Rajputana Rifles
* 9th Jammu and Kashmir Infantry
* 9th Field Company, Indian Engineers
* 7/17th Dogra Regiment
* Sirmoor Field Company, Indian States Forces
* Faridkot Field Company, ISF
* 96th Field Company IE
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