6th Cavalry Brigade (United States)

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6th Cavalry Brigade (United States) Unit History  (1975) 
United States Army Center for Military History with Images from the US Army Institute of Heraldry

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).

Heraldic Achievements[1][edit]

Coat of Arms of the United States Army Institute of heraldry
United States Army Institute of heraldry

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia[edit]

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  • A heater-shaped shield 2 5/16 inches (5.87cm) in width and 3 ¼ inches (8.26cm) in height overall with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) black border around a field divided diagonally from upper right to lower left with scarlet above and white below and just below center two crossed yellow sabres with hilts to base
  • COMBAT SERVICE IDENTIFICATION BADGE: A silver color metal and enamel device 2 inches (5.08 cm) in height consisting of a design similar to the shoulder sleeve insignia.


  • The colors red and white are the old guidon colors of Cavalry units and the crossed sabres are adopted from the former Cavalry branch insignia.


  1. The insignia was approved 21 Feb 1975
  2. (TIOH Drawing Number A-1-582)

Distinctive Unit Insignia[edit]

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  • A silver color metal and enamel device 1 5/16 inches (3.33cm) in height overall consisting of a red enameled shield with a silver border bearing a black bucking horse in front of a six-pointed star and surmounting overall a silver pentagon, point up.


  1. The horse and the six-pointed star, a symbol for guidance and achievement, represent the historical origin and great tradition of the Cavalry.
  2. The six points of the star further allude to the numerical designation of the Brigade.
  3. The pentagonal background, a symbol of perfection, also refers to the five campaigns credited the organization for service in France and Germany during World War II.


  • The insignia was approved on 21 Feb 1975.


  • a.Size:
  1. Hoist: Three Feet.
  2. Fly: Four Feet.
  3. Fringe: 2½”
  • b.Description.
  1. The flag has two vertical stripes of equal width.
  2. The shoulder sleeve insignia of the brigade is centered in proper colors, l5 inches high, and is Piped.
  3. The flag is Fringed.
  • c. Organizational colors:
  1. Organization: Cavalry.
  2. Background:
    1. First Stripe: Yellow.
    2. Second Stripe: Scarlet.
  3. Fringe: Yellow.
  4. Piping: Countercharged of the Stripes.

Lineage and Honors [2][edit]

Crest of the Center of Military History
United States Army Center of Military History


  • Constituted 21 April 1942 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 6th Tank Group.
  • Activated 23 April 1942 at Camp Bowie, Texas.
  • Moved to Camp Young, California on 6 May 1943 for duty at the Desert Training Center.
  • Staged at Camp Shanks, New York for Port Call on 14 December 1943.
  • Departed New York Port of Embarkation 8 January 1944.
  • Arrived in England on 17 January 1944.
  • Reorganized and redesignated 1 February 1944 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 6th Armored Group at Littlehampton, England.
  • Assaulted France 6 June 1944.
  • Operated as a Line armored group until 16 July 1944, when it began functioning as the VII Corps armored section.
  • Entered Belgium 6 September 1944.
  • Entered Germany on 13 September 1944.
  • Located at Obeturn, Germany on 14 August 1945.
  • Arrived Boston Port of Embarkation on 21 October 1945.
  • Inactivated 22 October 1945 at Camp Miles Standish, Massachusetts
  • Disbanded 2 July 1952
  • Reconstituted 21 February 1975 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 6th Cavalry Brigade, and activated at Fort Hood, Texas


Campaign Participation Credit[edit]

  • World War II:
  1. Normandy (with arrowhead);
  2. Northern France;
  3. Rhineland;
  4. Ardennes-Alsace;
  5. Central Europe


  • None


  1. Source: US Army Institute of Heraldry
  2. Source: US Army Center for Military History

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).