Sunday, 9 January 2022

9th January 1916

 9th JANUARY 1916 – ON THIS DAY IN ROYAL WELCH HISTORY

8 RWF Evacuated from Gallipoli.

One of the last battalions to leave the Gallipoli peninsula.  The Turks started an attack on the left of the line on the 7th.  There was heavy enemy artillery fire which causing about 30 casualties.  The battalion evacuation began after dark. At 8 p.m. on the 8th the main body withdrew leaving a rearguard to hold the line until nearly midnight.  8 RWF were evacuated from W Beach to Lemnos and arrived in Egypt on the 30th.





Saturday, 1 January 2022

#OTD 1st Jan 1930

 #OTD 1st January 1930

The 1st Battalion, the Royal Welch Fusiliers took part in the Proclamation Parade at Quetta, India now in modern day Pakistan. Lieutenant Colonel E.O. Skaife OBE was the commanding officer of the battalion at this time.




Tuesday, 28 December 2021

28th December 1917

 Men of the 15th Royal Welch Fusiliers (London Welsh) outside their dug outs in the trenches at Fleurbaix, #otd 28 December 1917.

#WWI #Britisharmy @RWFMuseum #RoyalWelchFusiliers #Britishhistory



Friday, 24 December 2021

Thursday, 23 December 2021

#Star

 Day 23 #ArchiveAdventCalendar & theme is #Star.The 1914 Star, was known as 'Pip' or the 'Mons Star'.

This Bronze Star was authorised in April 1917, to be awarded to those who served in France or Belgium between 5th August and midnight on 22nd/23rd November 1914.


Recipients were officers and men of the pre-war British army, specifically the British Expeditionary Force (the Old Contemptibles), who landed in France soon after the outbreak of the War and who took part in the Retreat from Mons (hence the nickname 'Mons Star').


365,622 were awarded in total.  Recipients of this medal also received the British War Medal and Victory Medal. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.






Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Monty’s Moonlight

 Day 21 #ArchiveAdventCalendar #FestiveLights With just days to go till the commencement of the Normandy landings, a curious sight was seen, as infantry and tanks attacked an enemy position. The battlefield illuminated by a form of eerie twilight generated by a Searchlight Battery.


They set their searchlights on a low trajectory to light the ground. This was the final test exploring whether 'Artificial Moonlight' really aided attacking infantry. Lieutenant-Colonel MH ap Rhys Pryce, RWF, had the idea for it back in 1943, inspired after watching searchlights

reflect off low cloud and light the ground around him, much like the effect of a full moon. His idea was passed up the chain of command, before being subjected to repeated experimentation to prove Artificial Moonlight's worth as it was signed off for operational use.


Artificial Moonlight first saw operational use on 15 July 1944 by 344 Searchlight Battery during Operation Greenline in support of 15th Scottish and 53rd Welsh Divisions, thereafter becoming colloquially known as Monty's Moonlight.