Men from NI were in HMS Glorious sunk by gunfire off Narvik. Photo – The graves of several Royal Ulster Riflemen from conflict after D Day are in War Cemetery at Bayeux, Normandy.
The Battle of Messines in WW1 had the biggest bomb before the atomic bomb. Fusilier John Meeke of the unionist 36th Ulster Division was awarded the Military Medal for rescuing Major Willie Redmond of the nationalist 16th Irish Division. Now a site of the… Continue Reading “June 07 – Battle of Messines 1917. RUR on D Day +1”
The battle produced tiny gains for the Allies and heavy casualties. Twenty-seven men associated with the city of Londonderry, and its immediate environs, lost their lives on that terrible day.
A year after the Battle of the Somme, the 36th Ulster Division was a changed force. Whilst there was still a significant number of men from the north of Ireland, many had been wounded two or three times but when they returned to their… Continue Reading “August 16, 1917 – Messines worse than the Somme – a costly date for the Ulster and Irish Divisions”
In 1917 the Battle of Messines begins with allies detonating 19 enormous mines beneath the German lines