The Royal Gibraltar Regiment

The Royal Gibraltar Regiment

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Regimental Histories
  • Author: Matthias Strohn
  • Publication Date: 20 Oct 2016
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In 2014 the Royal Gibraltar Regiment celebrated its 75th anniversary. This is the history of the regiment and its preceding formations, a history that shows how a locally raised volunteer unit developed into a modern, light-role infantry battalion, based in Gibraltar and operating all over the world.

The book takes the reader back to the beginning of British rule in Gibraltar and the involvement of the local population in the Great Siege during the 18th century. From there it embarks on a journey that describes the history of the Volunteer Corps in the First World War and the Gibraltar Defence Force which was established in 1939, the Gibraltar Regiment during the Cold War and finally the Royal Gibraltar Regiment in its current form. The changing roles of the regiment and the internal developments are described and explained within the wider political and military context of Gibraltar. This journey is brought to life with the help of photographs, illustrations and the words of the regiment's soldiers.

Biographical Note

Dr. Matthias Strohn was educated at the Universities of Muenster (Germany) and Oxford. He has lectured at Oxford University and the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham. Since 2006 he has been a lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and in 2011 he was also made a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham. He holds a commission in the German army and is currently a member of the military attache reserve.He has published widely on 20th century German and European military history and is an expert on the German army in the First World War and the inter-war period. He has advised British and German government bodies on the First World War centenary commemorations.


Preface by the Chief Minister of Gibraltar
Foreword by Lieutenant-General Sir James Benjamin Dutton
The Royal Gibraltar Regiment: Heritage and Change
CHAPTER ONE In the Beginning: 1704-1914
CHAPTER TWO The Gibraltar Volunteer Corps in the First World War: 1915-20
CHAPTER THREE:The Gibraltar Defence Force: 1939-58
CHAPTER FOUR The Gibraltar Regiment: 1958-99
CHAPTER FIVE The Royal Gibraltar Regiment: 1999-2014
Image acknowledgements