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.
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Table of Contents
Preface by the Chief Minister of Gibraltar Foreword by Lieutenant-General Sir James Benjamin Dutton Acknowledgements 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 Appendices Image acknowledgements Index
22 Sep 2016
Fully illustrated in colour and black-and-white throughout