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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gibraltar - Military Uniforms 1971


UNIFORMS SERIES 1971

1P
A soldier of the Black Watch (42nd Foot) the senior Highland Regiment in 1845. The 42nd has served seven times in Gibraltar since 1795. It left the Rock in 1808 to help drive Napoleon out of Spain. They helped to construct the famous tunnels and defences of the Rock during the 2nd World War.

2P
A Drum major of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1971. Composed of four famous foot regiments, the 5th and 20th which defended Gibraltar in 1727 and the 6th and 7th which, like the former, fought on the side of Spain in the Peninsular War 1808-1814.
The antelope mascot was inherited from the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers.

4P
A soldier of the Kings Own Royal Regiment (4th Foot) in 1704. Raised to defend Tangier the 4th later took part in the capture and subsequent defence of Gibraltar in 1704-1705. With the 34th (Border) Regiment, which defended the Rock during the 1727 siege, it now forms the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment. Both helped to drive the French from Spain in the Peninsular War 1808-1814.

10P
A soldier of the Dorsetshire Regiment (39th Foot) in 1801 The 39th defended Gibraltar in the sieges of 1727 and 1779-1783 taking part in the Great Sortie. With the 54th Foot it joined the Devonshire Regiment to form the present Devonshire and Dorsetshire Regiment. The 39th served with the Spaniards against Napoleon in the Peninsular War. Their successors served on the Rock during the 2nd World War.

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