Cap badge Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

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The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment was the final title of an infantry regiment of the line in the British Army, originally formed in 1688. The lineage of the regiment is today continued by the Royal Anglian Regiment.


The Second World War

The regiment was expanded for the duration of the Second World War:

  • The 5th Battalion (TA) formed a duplicate 6th Battalion in 1939
  • The 7th, 2/7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Battalions were raised

The 1st, 2nd and 5th Battalions saw active service:

  • The 1st Battalion was stationed in the Middle East, moving to India in 1942 and subsequently serving as "Chindits" in the Burma Campaign of 1944.
  • The 2nd Battalion formed part of the British Expeditionary Force dispatched to France in September 1939, and evacuated in 1940. It took part later in the Western Desert Campaign in 1941–42, the Tunisia Campaign in 1942–44, the Italian Campaign in 1944 and the liberation of Greece in 1944–45.
  • The 5th Battalion formed part of the reinforcements dispatched to Malaya in early 1942. It surrendered to the Japanese Army with the Fall of Singapore.

At the end of the war in 1945, the 1st Battalion was in India and the 2nd in Greece. The 1st Battalion moved to Libya in 1947 and then to Greece, where civil war had broken out. The 2nd Battalion moved from Greece to Egypt in 1946, returning to the United Kingdom in 1947.


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