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RAND LIGHT INFANTRY battle honours

RLI Battle Honours

RLI was presented with First King’s Colour in 1921 and again by HM King George VI during his visit in 1947. This was laid up in St Mary’s Cathedral on 31 May 1961 in All Soul’s Chapel. The original Regimental Colour was presented in 1930 and was again laid up in St Mary’s Cathedral in 1966 as it was replaced by the unusual present Colours. It is blue in colour instead of the prescribed green for infantry Regiments and the badge in the centre has never been worn by the Regiment. The Battle Honours recorded on the Colours are:

  • South West Africa 1914-1915
  • Western Desert 1941-1943
  • Bardia
  • Gazala
  • Alamein Defence
  • El Alamein

South West Africa 1914-1915

Following the outbreak of the First World War, The Rand Light Infantry was mobilised on the 4 August 1914 as part of the expeditionary force to seize control of the German Imperial Colony of South West Africa.

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Western Desert 1941 – 1943

The Western Desert Campaign (Desert War) was a theatre in the North African Campaign during the Second World War and took place in Libya and the Western Desert of Egypt.

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Bardia

The Battle of Bardia was fought over three days in the city of Bardia in Libya from 3-5 January 1941, as part of Operation Compass, the first military operation of the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War.Read more


Gazala

The Battle of Gazala (near the modern town of Ayn al Ghazālah) was fought during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War, around the port of Tobruk in Libya from 26 May - 21 June 1942.

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Alamein Defence

The First Battle of El Alamein was fought during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War, around the town of El Alamein in Egypt from 1–27 July 1942.

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El Alamein

The Second Battle of El Alamein was fought during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War, around the town of El Alamein in Egypt from 23 October – 11 November 1942.

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