1813 – 43rd and 52nd - Pursuit of the French; Light Division close to Pamplona.(Peninsula)
1916 –2nd Bn Oxf & Bucks LI – ESTREES-CAUCHIE
Training etc as usual, in Reserve billets and bathing.
1916 – 1/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion – COUIN
Battalion in Huts.
Companies engaged in Musketry, Bayonet Fighting & Bombing Practise.
1944 – 1st Bn Oxf & Bucks LI - NORMANDY
After twenty-four hours' delay because of rough weather, the marching troops embarked at Newhaven on the 24th June and landed soon after midday on the 25th June at Courseulles, whence they marched to Beny-sur-Mer and met the advanced party.
1944 - 2nd (Airborne) Bn, Oxf & Bucks LI – LE MESNIL.
Lt. Col. M.W. Roberts resumed command of the Regiment on return from England. He was flown over in a C47 transport accompanied by Lt. P.G. Bulford who has also joined letter 'B' Coy. The Intelligence Officer has organised a news source consisting of boards with maps showing latest positions of all main units operating on the West European front, together with news items from our somewhat meagre supply of news papers; Coys are kept informed daily and the troops very much appreciate these efforts to keep them "in the picture".
The day passed quietly apart from the casual intermittent shelling and mortaring of our area.
At 2345 hrs the enemy were surprised by a recce patrol from 7 Para Bn, while forming up for a 5 Coy attack on the positions held by 7 Black Watch and 7 Para Bn to our SOUTH and EAST respectively. When the enemy realised he had lost surprise he pressed forward supported by Self.Propelled Artillery and Mortars a large proportion of which fell in our area, which was obviously an enemy Defensive Fire task. The Regiments positions were so well dug in that we only suffered 7 casualties, 2 killed and 2 wounded from letter S Coy at 2350 hrs and a further 2 killed and 1 wounded from letter B Coy at 0400 hrs.
1944 - 1st Buckinghamshire Battalion - NORMANDY
A party including the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsey, and other naval officers ascended the lighthouse at the entrance to the canal and we felt considerable anxiety at the sight of so much brass being exhibited to the enemy. Luckily he failed to react, although shortly afterwards he secured two direct hits on the lighthouse with an anti-tank gun.
The plan for the defence of the locks was now as follows:
(a) One rifle company (and the mortar platoon) on the ground to the east of the power-house to prevent a raid from the Point du Siege.
(b) One rifle company to the west of the canal (supported by a neighbouring pioneer company) to prevent the enemy crossing the canal farther to the south.
(c) One rifle company in Ouistreham ready to counterattack any enemy who gained a foothold on the west bank.
(d) One rifle company in reserve in Riva Bella.
(e) Anti-tank platoon guarding west bank of the canal.
(f) Artillery support from I Corps.
Companies moved round at intervals and occupied each of these positions during the ensuing weeks. Those given in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) were the hottest positions, and always under an intermittent fire.
Patrols were sent by night to the end of the Point du Siege, where snipers were left to pick off any Germans seen by day on the opposite side of the Orne.
1963 – 1st Green Jackets 43rd & 52nd - The Regiment were invited to a free showing of "The Longest Day" at the Cathay Cinema, Penang.