The 1st Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment and the 1st Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment amalgamated on 29 August 1959 to form the 1st Battalion, 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk).
The Regiment was based in the West Berlin enclave and in West Germany where the Royal Norfolks had hitherto been based In 1961 the Regiment returned to the UK for the first since its creation, being based in Harwich.
In 1962, the 1st East Anglians deployed to British Guiana after violence between the African and Indian ethnic groups there. The Regiment returned to the UK later the same year.
In February 1964 the Regiment arrived in Aden as part of the Aden Brigade, seeing active service in the Radfan on the border with South Yemen as part of Radforce, fighting Egyptian-supported guerillas, losing a number of its soldiers in the process.
On 1 September 1964, while still based in Aden, the Regiment amalgamated with the 2nd East Anglian Regiment (Duchess of Gloucester’s Own Royal Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire), 3rd East Anglian Regiment (16th/44th Foot), and The Royal Leicestershire Regiment to form one of the new ’large’ regiments, the Royal Anglian Regiment; the 1st East Anglians became the 1st Battalion (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk).
Royal Anglian Regiment Museum
Land Warfare Hall
Imperial War Museum Duxford
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