The Rifles Are There: 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Royal Ulster Rifles in the Second World War

The Rifles Are There: 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Royal Ulster Rifles in the Second World War


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The Rifles Are There: 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Royal Ulster Rifles in the Second World War by David Orr, David Truesdale

The two Royal Ulster Rifles battalions were fierce rivals but both had cause to be proud of themselves and the other. The 1st Battalion was in India at the outbreak of war whereas the 2nd Battalion distinguished itself before and during the Dunkirk evacuation. (Montgomery is credited with saying ‘it’s alright then – the Rifles are there’.) After arduous training, both battalions landed in Normandy on D Day: the 1st by gliders as part of 6th Airlanding Brigade and the 2nd with 9th Brigade, 3rd Division on Sword Beach. They were only the only British regiment to be represented on D Day by both regular battalions.

The authoritative work goes on to describe the long slog to Germany including winter action during the surprise German Bulge counter-offensive and the massive Rhine crossing operation (VARSITY). As numerous RUR members were in 9th Parachute Battalion, there is a full description of the legendary seizing of the mighty Merville Battery.

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ISBN-13: 9781844153497
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 11/19/2005
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Truesdale has been a soldier, milkman and civil servant, thankfully retiring in 1998, to change what was a hobby into a full time writing career. Since then he has written for film and television and produced two battlefield guides on behalf of the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, The First Eagle: The 87th Foot at the Battle of Barrosa and Regulars By God!: The 89th Foot at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. He is the author of Brotherhood of the Cauldron: Irishmen in the 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem; Angels and Heroes: The story of a machine-gunner with the Royal Irish Fusiliers August 1914 to April 1915 [with Amanda Moreno] and Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross [with Richard Doherty]. With David R Orr, he has written The Rifles Are There; the 1st and 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles in the Second World War and A New Battlefield; The Royal Ulster Rifles in Korea. They are currently in collaboration on a history of the Ulster Volunteer Force and 36th [Ulster] Division in the Great War. For Dutch publisher Robert Sigmond, he has assisted Peter Gijbels with Leading The Way To Arnhem; an Illustrated History of the 21st Independent Parachute Company and Gerrit Pijpers with Arnhem Their Final Battle; the 11th Parachute Battalion 1943-1944. With Bob Gerritsen and Martijn Cornelissen, he has written Arnhem Bridge: Target Mike One, An Illustrated History of the 1s Airlanding Light Regiment RA 1942-1945, North Africa–Italy-Arnhem–Norway. In May 2016, with John Young, he produced Victoria’s Harvest; the Irish soldier in the Zulu War of 1879: With Allan Smith, Theirs Is The Glory Revisited, both published by Helion. His utterly final book on Operation Market Garden, Steel Wall At Arnhem; the history of 4 Parachute Brigade will be published by Helion in September 2016. In July 2016, David, in co-operation with David R Orr, produce, after six years of research, Ulster Will Fight…, a two volume history of the Ulster Home Rule crisis and the36th [Ulster] Division, again published by Helion. For relaxation David paints in water colour and acrylic, following the Kelly school of innovation, photographs wildlife, listens to good music, pushes model soldiers around a table top, drinks red wine and finds that Tommaso Aldinoni [1671-1750] and his Oboe Concerto in D Minor, Op9, no2, has been an inspiration during difficult times and dark days.

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