Order of Battle of British Silesia Force

Background

The Upper Silesia Plebiscite was an arrangement made as part of the Versailles Peace Treaty and implemented in March 1921. It was intended that the plebiscite would determine part of the border between Poland and Germany. An Inter-Allied force of British, French and Italian troops was sent to this hostile and turbulent area for peace keeping operations.

Troops of either the 1st Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers or the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment in the town square of Tarnowskie Góry (Tarnowitz). Photograph probably taken in September 1921. Imperial War Museum image Q54825

Troops of either the 1st Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers or the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment in the town square of Tarnowskie Góry (Tarnowitz). Photograph probably taken in September 1921. Imperial War Museum image Q54825

British Order of Battle

Headquarters, British Silesian Force

Headquarters, Royal Artillery: commanding 62 and 65 Batteries of III Brigade, Royal Field Artillery; plus a detachment of the Rhine Army Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery.

Headquarters, Royal Engineers: commanding 7 Field Company RE.

Headquarters Section, Royal Corps of Signals; commanding 1st and 2nd Silesian Brigade Sections.

Headquarters, 1st British Silesian Brigade: commanding 2nd Black Watch, 1st Durham Light Infantry and 2nd Leinster Regiment.

Headquarters, 2nd British Silesian Brigade: commanding 1st Royal Irish Regiment, 3rd Middlesex Regiment and 2nd Connaught Rangers.

5 Section, B Company, 5th Battalion of the Tank Corps.

British Silesian Mechanical Transport Company, Army Service Corps; British Silesian Force (Horse Transport) Train, ASC; Advanced Supply Depot ASC; one Bakery Section ASC.

British Silesian Field Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps.

Silesian Detachment, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

Silesian Detachment, Corps of Military Police.

Silesian Detachment, Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

Silesian Detachment, Postal Section Royal Engineers.

Silesian Detachment, Transportation Directorate Royal Engineers.

Silesian Detachment, Army Printing and Stationary Services.

Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI).

This order of battle is dated 29 May 1921.

Source of information: piece WO161/115, National Archives.