Royal Ulster Rifles

On the day war was declared (03 Sept. 1939), the 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles were operational in India on the North-West Frontier. It was 04 June1940 when the Battalion returned to the UK from Bombay. Their initial war-time role was to protect the southern most coast of England against invasion, post Dunkirk. In October 1940, that they were informed of their conversion to an airborne role. They would be going into any future battle by air; more specifically glider. On 07 November 1941 they assembled with other units of the new 1st Airlanding Brigade and initiated training for their new role. It was April1942 before the maroon beret was issued to all new airborne troops. Almost a year later in Spring of 1943, 6th Airborne Division was created,and by Jun 1944 the 1st (Airborne) Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles were ready for war.

So you are interested in joining the Royal Ulster Rifles. Before you start investing in all the equipment and uniforms, we suggest you get in touch and then come along to one of our public events. Get to know us and what the role involves. We pride ourselves in being as historcially accurate as circumstances may dictate. All potential members should ideally have a working knowledge of military principles and be confident in all aspects of handling and operating the weapons, equipment and vehicles of the period, but this is something our induction and training programme is aimed to assist you with.

You will also be required on many occassions to plan and conduct training, address groups of public in a confident and professional manner. Re-enactment and living history is not just a hobby, it is a way of life and knowing the barrel from the butt is critical in what is often a dangerous and daunting environment. It is the combined experience of our members which make us a professional section, striving to uphold the tradition and honour of those men of all services, who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.

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