1 Anti-Aircraft Brigade

1 Anti-Aircraft Brigade was formed in 1920. Its name was soon changed to 1 AA Group as the RA were still using the term Brigade for what was later to become Regiment for a Lt Col’s command. On the change to Regiment 1 AA Group became 1 Anti-Aircraft Brigade. The Brigade went to France with the BEF joining AA Command on its return to the UK. It moved to the Middle East in January 1942 and spent the rest of the war there.

Illustrations of the formation badges under which a unit served or supported are given. This is no guarantee that the unit used this formations badge.

Dec 20Aldershot, Hampshire – as 1 Air Defence Brigade
then 1 AA Group
Aldershot Command
1939Became 1 Anti-Aircraft Brigade
Sep 39B.E.F. Arras, FranceGHQ B.E.F.
Jun 40Crewe, Cheshire11 AA Div 1 Anti-Aircraft Brigade11 Anti-Aircraft Division
May 41War Office 1 Anti-Aircraft BrigadeWar Office Reserve
Jan 42Palestine9 Army 1 Anti-Aircraft Brigade9 Army
Aug 42Egypt8 Army8 Army
Jan 43Benghazi, Libya8 Army8 Army
May 43Benghazi, LibyaAA Defence Area Cyrenaica
Jan 44The LevantMiddle East AA Group
Jun 44The Levant & CyprusMiddle East AA Group
1947Reformed in 1 AA Group

Order of Battle 1 AA Group

1 Anti-Aircraft Brigade (1, 2 & 3 AA Batteries) Royal Garrison Artillery
1 Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Battalion Royal Engineers
Air Defence Brigade Signals Royal Signals

Order of Battle September 1939

6 Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA (3, 12 & 15 AA Batteries)
1 Light Anti-Aircraft Battery RA
1 Anti-Aircraft Battalion RE (A & B Searchlight Batteries)
1 & 2 Anti-Aircraft Brigade Signals R Sigs

Order of Battle May 1940

1 Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA (1, 2 & 17 Batteries)
6 Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA (3, 12 & 15 Batteries)
85 (Tees) Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA (174, 175 & 220 Batteries)

Order of Battle 1940-41

See 11 AA Division

Order of Battle January 1943

51 (London) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (152, 153 & 242 Batteries)
69 (R Warks Rgt) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (192, 199, 200 HAA & 135 Z Batteries)
89 (Cinque Ports) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment (to relieve 51 HAA Rgt)
2 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (6, 155, 171 (from 57 LAA) & 390 Searchlight Batteries)
37 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (123, 124 & 222 Batteries)
57 (KOYLI) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (169 & 170 Batteries)(on loan from 4 Indian Div)

Order of Battle May 1943

89 (Cinque Ports) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
28 Battery, 9 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
1 Troop, 135 Z Anti-Aircraft Battery
13 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
96 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
390 Battery, 27 Searchlight Regiment
2 x AA Operations Rooms

Order of Battle January 1944

74 (City of Glasgow) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
102 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
16 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
37 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
80 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
390 Searchlight Battery

Order of Battle June 1944

2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
1 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment Hong Kong-Singapore RA
181 Battery, 65 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
257 Battery, 83 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment
37 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
243 Battery, 46 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
1 Palestine Independent Light Anti-Aircraft Battery
219 Independent Light Anti-Aircraft Battery
390 Searchlight Battery
The Royal Artillery 1939-45