March 24 – Royal Ulster Rifles airborne in Rhine crossing. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1944 gliders were used on Operation Varsity to transport Royal Ulster Rifles.1st. (Airborne) Battalion, in the assault on the Rhine. The operation was the largest airborne attack in history conducted on a single day in a single location. Today’s Roll contains the names of 20 of those who died. In 1918 Irish infantry was still being attacked on the fourth day of the Kaiserschlacht, the final major German assault. On this day in 1918, 94 men of the Royal Irish Rifles, 2nd Battalion, died in action when they fought to the last man at Cugny, south of St Quentin. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery died on this day in 1976.

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