Unit History: Irish Rangers

Irish Rangers
The Royal Irish Rangers 27th (Inniskilling), 83rd and 87th (abbreviated as "R IRISH") was a regular infantry regiment of the British Army.
The Royal Irish Rangers came into being on 1st July 1968 through the amalgamation of the three remaining Irish infantry regiments.
 
* The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
* The Royal Ulster Rifles
* The Royal Irish Fusiliers
The date was initially known as Vesting Day (and then Rangers Day), emphasising that the traditions of the old regiments were vested in the new. 1 July is also Somme Day; a preeminent day in military history for the whole island of Ireland.
 
Soon after creation in December 1968, and as part of a general reduction in the Army, the 3rd Battalion (former Royal Irish Fusiliers) was disbanded.
 
The three regiments had old and differing traditions (Rifle & Fusilier) and to avoid favouring one above another, a unique designation Rangers was adopted. The title had not existed in the British Army since 1922. The title is also used by the US Army, Canada, Ireland and Pakistan.
 
With the creation of the Divisions of Infantry, the Royal Irish Rangers became part of the King’s Division, along with regiments from the north of England. This continued until 1992 and Options for Change. The Ulster Defence Regiment and The Royal Irish Rangers amalgamated to form The Royal Irish Regiment.

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