The Flying Fourth - The King's Own Royal Regiment in Iraq 1941

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The Flying Fourth - The King's Own Royal Regiment in Iraq 1941

The Flying Fourth, subtitled '1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment at Habbaniya and Fallujah, Iraq 1941'

Published by the Kings Own Museum in 2005, 36 pages. A5 size booklet (N4012P1)

From the rear side cover: At the outbreak of the Second World War the 1st battalion Kings Own Royal Regiment, Lancaster, was based in Karachi, India (Now in modern day Pakistan). When in 1941 the pro-German Rashid Ali came to power in Iraq and threatened British air bases, the 10th Indian division was deployed to Iraq to protect the bases. 1st Kings Own became the first unit to tactically deploy by air transport. This booklet is based on two accounts of the battalion, the first by Lt.Colonel Everett-Heath (titled 'The Flying Fourth'), and the second by Sergeant R Westworth

The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) was an infantry regiment in the British Army which served under various names for almost three centuries. The regiment was established in 1680 as the Earl of Plymouth's Regiment of Foot, and several years later was reorganised as the 4th (King's Own) Regiment of Foot. The regiment retained this name until the 1880's when it became The King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), and in the period following the First World War it was renamed The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster). In 1959 the Regiment was merged with several others to form the newly created Kings Own Royal Border Regiment.

During it's long and illustrious service the regiment fought in many wars, battles and campaigns, and it's history illustrates the wider history of the British Empire, as Britain and it's army spread around the globe. The regiment fought in the War of the Augsburg League at the end of the 17th century, and saw action at Gibraltar in 1704. At the battle of Culloden the regiment sustained heavy losses, and it also saw action in the Caribbean in the second half of the century. During the Napoleonic Wars the regiment fought in many battles, including Corunna, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, San Sebastian, Bladensburg, and Waterloo. The regiment was active throughout the 19th century, seeing service in the Crimean War (at Alma, Inkerman and Sevastopol), and during the Boer War.

During the First World War the regiment served on the western front, as well as in Greece, Turkey, and Mesopotamia, and during the Second World War, they saw action in several campaigns, including France, the Middle East (which is the subject of this booklet), North Africa, Italy, and the Far-East.

Condition of the booklet is excellent. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover

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