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Royal Green Jackets

 

The Royal Green Jackets were formed on the 1st January 1966, from  the Green Jackets Brigade, who were formed on the 6th November 1958.
Three  Infantry Regiments formed the Green Jackets Brigade, and they were,

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (43rd & 52nd )
The Kings Royal Rifle Corps (60th Rifles )
The Rifle Brigade (95th).

 

 The Regiment  were the first British to wear green camouflage and to be armed with a rifle, instead of a musket, which made shooting much more accurate. They shared the Depot at Winchester from 1858.
The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry were the first Light Infantry Regiment.

 
 
 
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light InfantryTHE OXFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY (43rd & 52nd)

The British Army was continually expanded and reduced. In 1741 the 54th Regiment of Infantry was raised, this was one of the expansions. Disbandments at the end of the war in 1748 spared the regiment, but it was renumbered as the 43rd, due to the disbandments of other regiments. In 1755 another 54th Regiment was raised, but this one was based at Coventry, instead of Winchester like the first 54th Regiment. Then in 1757 it was renumbered the 52nd, The two Regiments became the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1908.

Battle Honours 

1756- 1763, Quebec,  (1759)  Martinique (1762)  Havannah during the Seven Years War 
 1789 - 1791 Mysore  during the Third Mysore War 
 1790 - 1793   Hindoostan in India 
 1793 - 1802   Martinique during the French Revolutionary Wars 
 1808 - 1814  Vimiera, Corunna, Busaco, Fuentos d'Onoro, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz,   Salamanca, Vittoria, . Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse during the Peninsula war 

 1815 -  Battle of Waterloo 
 1851 - 1853    South Africa during the Eighth Kaffir War 
 1857 - 1858  Delhi, during the Indian Mutiny 
 1863 - 1865  New Zealand 
 1899 - 1902  relief of Kimberley, Paardeburg, during the Boer War 
 1914 - 1918  Mons, Ypres, Langemarck, Nonne Bosschen, Somme, Cambrai, Piave, Doiran, Ctesiphon, defence of Kut Al Amara during the First World War 
 1939 - 1945   Cassel, Ypres Comines Canal, Normandy Landing, Pegasus Bridge, Reichswald, Rhine, Enfidaville, Salerno, Anzio, Gemmano Ridge. 
 


 
Kings Royal Rifle CorpsTHE KINGS ROYAL RIFLE  CORPS (60th)

Raised in 1755 as the 60th Royal American Regiment of four battalions of American colonists. Over thirty years after the defeat of Napolean there was peace, during which the Regiment changed it`s title, first to The Duke of York`s Own Rifle Corps and then in 1830, to The King`s Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC). The Regiment was known as the 60th Rifles. In 1858 the Rifle Depot was established at Winchester as a headquarters and training centre for the KRRC and Rifle Brigade.

Battle Honours

 1756 - 1763    Louisbrg, Quebec Martinique,  Havannah, during the Seven years War 
 1763 - 1764 Pontiac's Conspiracy in North America. 
 1809    Martinique during the Napoleonic wars 
 1808 - 1814, Rolica, Vimiera, Talavera, Busaco, Fuentos d'Onoro, Albuhera, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Orthes, Toulouse, during the Peninsula War 
 1848 - 1849   Mooltan, Goojerat, Punjaub during the Second Sikh War 
 1851 - 1853  Eighth Kaffir war 
 1857 - 1858  Delhi, during the Indian Mutiny 
 1857 - 1860  Taku Forts, Pekin during the Second China War 
 1877 - 1879  Zulu and Basuto War 
 1878 -1880 Ali Masjid, Ahmed Khel, Khandahar during the second Afghan War 
 1880    Tel El Kibir, during the Arabi Pasha revolt 
 1882 -1884  First Sudan War 
 1895  Chitral Campaign 
 1899 - 1902  Defence of Ladysmith, relief of Ladysmith during the Boer war 
 1914 - 1918  Mons, Marne, Ypres 1914, 1915 , 1917, 1918, Somme,1916, 1918,  Arras 1917, 1918 Messines 1917, 1918  Epehy, Canal du Nord, Selles Sambre 
 1939 - 1945  Calais 1940, Rhineland, Egyptian Frontier, 1940,  Sidi Rezegh 1941, Alem el Halfa, El Alamein,  Italy 1943, 45,  Greece 1941, 1944 - 45 
 

 


 
 
Rifle Brigade CapbadgeTHE RIFLE BRIGADE

In 1800 Experimental Corps of Riflemen was created, it`s members were handpicked from other Regiments. They were dressed in green and armed with a Baker rifle. After almost 6 months it was no longer Experimental and had a new name of The Rifle Corps. In 1816 They were renamed The Rifle Brigade.

Battle Honours

 1793 - 1802  Copenhagen during the  French Revolutionary Wars 
 1807  Monte Video  during the Expedition against the Spanish in Brazil 
 1808 - 1814    Rolica, Vimiera, Corunna, Busaco, Barrosa, Fuentos d'Onoro Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse during the Peninsula War 
 1815     Battle of Waterloo 
 1846 - 1847  Seventh Kaffir war 
 1851 - 1853   Eighth Kaffir war 

 1854 - 1855  Alma, Inkerman, Sebastopol  during the Crimean war
 1857 - 1858  Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny 
 1873 - 1874  Ashantee, during the Ashantee war 
 1878 - 1880 Ali Masjid during the second Afghan war 
 1885 - 1887  Third Burma War 
 1896 - 1898   Khartoum,  Sudan campaign 
 1899 -1902  Defence of Ladysmith and relief of Ladysmith during the Boer War 
 1914 - 1918  Le Cateau, Marne, Neuve Chappelle, Ypres, Soome Arras, Messines, Cambrai, Hindenburg Line, Macedonia.               
 1939 - 1945  calaise 1940, Neda Fomm, Sidi Rezegh, Alem el Halfa, El Alamein, in North Africa in 1940 - 1943, Cassino, Capture of Perugia  both in Italy 1943, 1945 
 

 

 

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