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Fascinating things to know about Royal Leicestershire Regiment Association

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment was a big service that has a British Army and history of bringing back to 1688. In fact, the regiment saw service act upon for 3 centuries and numerous wars in the War 1 and War 2. It has been amalgamated and considers the best choice for showing regiment services to the centuries. Of course, the Regiment was against the Atlantic and landing with the active results of this campaign. It was the most notable thing that has decided to get back with an alone army of General Washington. This is also known as most vigorous hand to hand fighting cause by means of Regiment saw services. As a part of this, the fashion becoming worth when many individuals are seeking the tiger symbol and finally meets the family members and friends. You can enter information that has search form to get fashionable things in a simple manner. It has raised the service and maintains a relationship with Solomon Richards.

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Post-war and its regiment

This is considering the 1946 regiment war that was granted to get into the status to become the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. But, in 1948, it is called as infantry regiments taken in the war and meets at the regimental headquarters. This act was known for Cyprus and readily invite many things in the Forester Brigade was dissolved with the Royal Leicester and moving to the Eastern Anglian Brigade. It involves directly and joined the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd East Anglian regiments for the battalion that has been reformed in 1947. Moreover, the War service battalion created in the destruction and existence of beach defence and anti-invasion duties. In July 1944 the battalion reassign to the 147th place that Brigade put back the scattered in grand royal regiment act. Obviously, the Army reserve and Company C are very familiar and hence get a solution to for territory act happens in the two elements

Korea

Tigers in the Hills

The Korean War was the first conflict of the Cold War. Egged on by the Soviet Union, Communist North Korea had invaded South Korea. The military assistance provided by the United Nations to the South to counter this aggression drove the North Koreans back almost to the Chinese border. This in turn led to Chinese intervention on behalf of the North. The war became a stalemate, characterised in many cases by trench warfare reminiscent of the First World War.

On 13 October 1951 a troopship arrived in Pusan harbour, to the sound of a US Army jazz band playing ‘Hold That Tiger’. The tune was particularly appropriate for the men on board were the 1st battalion Royal Leicestershire Regiment, and of their number perhaps 60% were National Servicemen. These 18 and 19 year olds, on a two year tour of duty, had left behind the safety of their homes in the midlands to fight for a country of which a couple of weeks earlier, few had even heard.

Just three weeks later, on 5 November, these men were in the thick of the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ battle, part of the last major UN offensive of the war. A major Chinese assault had thrown British and Commonwealth troops off Point 317, the hill known as Maryang San (above). The Tigers were ordered to recapture the position, and advanced into withering Chinese fire. Their objective was the ridge codenamed ‘United’, and by nightfall, after savage hand to hand fighting they had captured it. However, weakened by casualties, the Leicesters were not strong enough to hold on to the prize, and were ordered to withdraw to the hills codenamed ‘Italy’ and ‘Crete’.

On 17 November, however, the Chinese renewed their own offensive, and all along the Royal Leicesters’ front line that night Chinese attacks broke like waves against a cliff. Again and again they attacked, each time accompanied by bugles and fearful screams intended to terrify their enemy, but time and again the waves were beaten back by machine gun and mortar fire.

The battalion’s Support Company kept its six Vickers guns and 3 inch mortars in continuous action all through the night, but in spite of this, contact was lost with the troops holding the exposed position known as ‘Italy’. When the position was eventually retaken, the quantities of spent .303 cases told their own story – the defenders had put up a spirited fight. When those few men who were captured eventually returned from North Korean POW camps, they told how the position had been overrun by sheer weight of numbers, the Chinese even attacking through their own artillery barrage.

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Bibliography

This bibliography is not intended as an exhaustive listing of every work in print relating to the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. Rather, it contains a resume of those personal accounts left by members of the regiment, which best serve to illustrate what it was like ‘at the sharp end’ during the many campaigns in which it has served.

1. Life of a British Soldier
Thomas Faughnan
(Hunter Rose, Toronto 1879)

A gripping personal account by a soldier of the 17th Regiment who fought in the Crimean War. Like many soldiers of the regiment at this time, Faughnan was born and raised in rural Ireland.

2. With the Leicestershire Militia in South Africa
Major J.H.P.Burne
(Satchwell & Co Leicester 1903)

Illustrated account by the adjutant of the 3rd (Militia) battalion’s service in South Africa in the closing stages of the Boer War.

3. Of  Those We Loved
I.L.Read
(Pentland Press, Bishop Auckland 1994)

Superb account of one man’s service with the 8th battalion in the Great War. Particularly gripping is his account of the Bazentin action.

4. The Naked Soldiers
Joseph Kynoch
(Excalibur Press 1995)

Kynoch’s account of his experiences in Norway mixes personal reminiscences with official sources

5. Singapore The Inexcusable Betrayal
George Chippington
(Self Publishing Association 1992)

Chippington’s account of the fighting retreat through Malaya and the fall of Singapore is an important work covering the actions of the 1st battalion in which the author served.
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6. No Need to Worry
Peter Moore
(Wilton 2000)

Peter Moore served with the 2nd/5th battalion in North Africa and Italy. A first rate account of the actions and personalities involved.

Books

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment has been the subject of two major books in recent years. Both draw heavily on first hand accounts and personal testimony, supplied either by the men of the Tigers themselves or their families. A select bibliography of the best published personal accounts by those who served in the regiment appears at the foot of this page.

The Tigers
Matthew Richardson
(Leo Cooper/Pen & Sword 2000)

A history of the four service battalions raised in
Leicestershire in 1914 in response to Kitchener’s
appeal for volunteers.

Fighting Tigers
Matthew Richardson
(Leo Cooper/Pen & Sword 2002)

Charts the main actions fought by the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, between 1899 and 1963.

A Select Bibliography

Billets and Barracks

Prior to 1881, the 17th Regiment of Foot did not have a depot in Leicestershire. Under the prevailing brigade system, regiments shared a brigade depot. however, with the army reforms of that year, the 17th became the Leicestershire Regiment and the 27th Brigade depot was abolished. The army was reorganised along territorial lines and each county regiment was to have its own depot. That of the Leicestershire Regiment was the newly built Glen Parva barracks near South Wigston. The regiment also absorbed the Leicestershire Militia, and with it came the old militia headquarters, the Magazine on Oxford Street in Leicester. This became Regimental Headquarters, the most important building associated with the Tigers. Below are a selection of other sites with regimental connections:

Regimental Headquarters: The Magazine, Oxford Street, Leicester as it appeared around 1900. Originally a gatehouse, it dates from the 14th Century. The building on the extreme left in this photo is the Victorian barrack block, which with three others formed Magazine Square.

The Magazine as it appears today. The barrack blocks were demolished in the road widening schemes of the 1960s. The Magazine itself was scheduled for demolition but fortunately was repreived.

The Regimental Depot: Glen Parva Barracks, Saffron Lane, South Wigston. Opened in 1881, the depot (also known as Wigston Barracks) was well known to several generations of Tigers who undertook their basic training there.

In the defence cuts of the 1960s the army once more adopted a brigade depot system, and Glen Parva barracks became home to a section of the Royal Army Pay Corps, before most of the buildings were finally sold off.

The Drill Hall, Loughborough, was Headquarters of the 5th battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, from its creation in 1908 until the 1950s.

Poonamallee Barracks, Belgaum, Madras, 1910. Home to the 2nd battalion for about eight years prior to the Great War. An absolutely typical later Victorian barracks in India: light and airy with large verandahs to provide ventilation in hot weather. It would be interesting to know if these barracks are still in existence?

TA Centre, Ulverscroft Road Leicester. Built in the 1930s for the 4th battalion when it was converted to the 44th (Anti-Aircraft) Battery Royal Artillery. It has remained in use as a TA Centre by the Royal Anglian Regiment and latterly by the East of England Regiment.

CSM Rocky Coulson (centre) with (right) CSM Alec Pugh, 1st battalion, on the parade square of Mons Barracks, Iserlohn, Germany 1953. This was a former German Army barracks built for a Flak unit in the 1930s. it was superbly equipped, with modern kitchens, a gymnasium, motor transport garages, and sports fields. The only thing it lacked was a purpose built officers’ mess, as the officers in the German army lived out of barracks.