This Day In History

  • 1943 British and American force, including 1st Loyals, lands at Anzio, Italy with no opposition. Unfortunately the Allied command fails to exploit their initial advantage. Within days the Germans have deployed substantial reinforcements and the Allies are on the defensive.
  • 1957 Under orders for Malaya, 1st Loyals embarks, with families, on the troopship Empire Orwell at Southampton for passage to Singapore.
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Chapter 18 – THE POST-WAR YEARS 1945-70

Reductions. In the immediate aftermath of the war Regular Lancashire battalions served in India, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Eritrea, Malta, Italy, Trieste, Austria and Germany, and the 40th and 47th saw active service in Palestine, but peace brought reductions and by 1949 our three County Regiments had been reduced to one Regular battalion each.

 Malaya. Active service in the Canal Zone followed for each battalion and, with the coming of the Cold War, tours with the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR). In 1957-59 1st Loyals took part in the successful anti-terrorist campaign in Malaya. Subsequently the Loyals had tours in Germany, Swaziland, Malta and Aden.

 The Lancashire Regiment (PWV). On the 1st July 1958 The East Lancashire Regiment and South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) were Amalgamated and the1st Battalion The Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) was formed in Hong Kong. In its short life this battalion worthily upheld the traditions of its predecessors serving in Hong Kong, Germany, Swaziland, Cyprus, Aden and Malta.

 Aden. In 1967 the Lancashires played a distinguished part in the final months of the bitter anti-terrorist campaign in Aden, amassing more operation awards there than any other unit.

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