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The Royal Ulster Rifles A Short History 83rd Foot - 86th Foot

State Entry into Belfast of His Grace The Governor of Northern Ireland 26th February 1923

Victory Day Celebrations June 8, 1946 Souvenir Programme

History of the 17th (Armoured Car) Tank Battalion
not the whole book as its available to buy online for very little money, just adding a synopsis and some photos

also came with these books  Page One   Page Two   Page Three   Page Five

1805 - 1806 - 1807 - 1808 - 1819 - 1843 - 1852 - 1861 - 1868 - 1877 - 1880 - 1890 - 1894
1901 - 1907 - 1908 - 1909 - 1910 - 1912 - 1918 - 1924 - 1932 - 1939 - 1943 - 1947 - 1951 - 1955 - 1960
1913 Tel. directory    1824 Pigots (Belfast)  &  (Bangor)   1894 Waterford Directory
1898 Newry Directory      Bangor Spectator Directory 1970

The Royal Ulster Rifles A Short History 83rd Foot - 86th Foot 1930

Foreword - Birth of the Regiment (1793-1819)....

Birth of the Regiment (1793-1819) continued

Birth of the Regiment (1793-1819) continued

(1809 to 1814)

(1809 to 1814)

(1914 to 1918) - Afterword - The Regimental March
State Entry into Belfast of His Grace The Governor of Northern Ireland
26th February 1923

Departure from Stormont Castle - Arrival at Ulster Hall - Appendix A. - Appendix B.

Appendix B.
Victory Day Celebrations June 8, 1946

Official Programme - Summary of Events - Peace Celebrations - Programme of Entertainments

Football Match - At Bellevue - National Fire Service - Fireworks
History of the 17th (Armoured Car) Tank Battalion
This History is presented by the Colonel and Original Officers to all Ranks of the 17th Battalion as a Souvenir of their memorable journey from Wool to the Rhine and as a record of the part they played in the Great War.
Printed by Gale & Polden Ltd., Wellington Works 1920
Operations during The Battle of 1918 compiled from Original Notes and Accounts May 1919
Contents: Introduction; Chapter I Formation of the Battalion to First Operations; Chapter II Operations with the French; Chapter III With the Australian Corps in the Attack from Villers Bretonneux on 8th August; Chapter IV The Attack on Bapaume; Chapter V Breaking the Drocourt, Queant Switch Line; Chapter VI The Hindenburg Line; Chapter VII Advance to Le Cateau with the Cavalry Corps; Chapter VIII Landrecies and Avesnes; Chapter IX The March to the Rhine; Chapter X Conclusion.   Appendix I Chronological Table; Appendix II Order Constitution the Battalion/Establishment; Appendix III Officers of the Battalion who Originally went Overseas; Other Officers who Served with the Battalion; Notes on Service of Officers of the Battalion; Appendix IV Honours Gained By The Battalion; Casualties; Appendix V Maps

Scheme: In collating the various documents bearing upon the operations of the 17th (Armoured Car) Tank Battalion, two objects have been kept in view. The first is to give in narrative form a story of the achievements of the Battalion, from the time it was hastily formed, as a result of the obvious opportunities for its which were presented in the German advance in March, to the time when the cars dramatically ended the Epic, swept over the Hohenzollern Bridge, and found themselves the vanguard of the Army in the land beyond the Rhine.  The narrative of events must perforce be written with the second object in view, to consider from the evidence therein provided, and the experience of all ranks in actions, what are the functions of this arm, and what military lessons can be learned from the result of the operations herein briefly outlined.  Consideration of Role of Action of Armoured Cars.  The narrative of what the cars did will be more clearly understood if it is first considered what it was possible for them to do. The characteristics of cavalry in previous wars - speed and a consequent invulnerability - did not appear in this, owing to the use of barbed wire, the breaking up of the battle zone by the spade and explosives, and more especially increased accuracy and speed of small arms fire. The functions of reconnaissance, the moral and physical effect of brilliant raids against an enemy's communications, the overwhelming and capture of nodal points by a surprise charge, the saving of roads and bridges from demolition, the pursuit of a broken enemy, the harrying of the advance guards of a victorious one; all these operations could no longer be entrusted to the cavalry, and the Air Service but imperfectly supplied them.  The Armoured Car Battalion was formed originally to supply the last, but had the honour eventually of carrying out almost all of them. Heavy tanks broke the trench line; the cars were towed over the broken zone, and were loosed at the enemy in the unbroken country beyond. The consideration of the achievements of one hastily-formed Battalion cannot but compel the thought of what might have been done with twenty times that number.  In forming a just estimation of the potentialities of a new weapon, and its ultimate place in the scheme of war, two factors must be allowed for - the undue optimism of its supporters, and the initial surprise effected upon the enemy, who, presumably, will not yet have provided himself with an adequate reply. To be placed against that there are the imperfections inevitable in a new untried machine, and the inexperience of the crews in handling it. The experience, both technical and tactical, gained by the Battalion during the operations has been considerable, and has tended entirely to confirm the original faith in this arm. The enemy has not, so far, produced any certainly effective reply. The only retaliation seems to be an improvement in armoured vehicles, which provide the mobility and fire power that have always been such an important factor in war.  Phases of the Final Battle.  Upon the Feast of St. Michael, 21st March, 1918, at dawn, there began the most protracted, the most severe, and the most important battle of history.  It lasted for seven and a half months, over a front of 220 miles or more, and from first to last 6,000,000 men were engaged in it. There were four distinct phases in the fighting. The enemy successes of the first four months. The great reaction on the 18th July, which, everywhere relentlessly exploited, in less than two months drove the Germans back to their Hindenburg Line. The attack upon this line on the 26th of September, which in four days broke it along its whole length; and finally the collapse of the enemy moral, which terminated in the capitulation of 11th November, whereby the enemy surrendered their guns, their aircraft, their transport and their fleet, their prisoners of war, their fortresses and the gateways of their country.  The 17th Armoured Car Battalion was formed as a result of the first phase, took an active part in each of the others, finished up the last as the most advanced troops of the Allied Armies, and maintained that position until they were the first troops of the British Armies to reach the Rhine.

Photo of Battalion immediately after its arrival in Cologne.

                      Armoured Cars on Patrol                         The first troops to reach and cross the Rhine. Photo shows
                                                                                       the two leading Cars on the East side of Hohenzollern Bridge
Casualties: 11th June - Killed 304916 Pte. Robinson, F.
12th June - Killed Count Henri de Sainte-Seine (Interpreter)
12th June - Wounded Lt.-Col. E. J. Carter (remained at duty)   Sec.-Lieut. G. B. Brown
12th July - Wounded 308665 Pte. Fyson, G.
8th August - Wounded (Remained at Duty): Lieut. N. C. Wood; Lieut. C. A. Blencowe; Lieut. A. C. Wood; Lieut. J. T. Yeoman; 96458 L.-Cpl. Ladd, T.; 304840 Pte. Heggie, R.; 205225 Pte. Beesley, R.; 304555 Pte. Burgess, F.; 309298 Pte. Edmonds, F.
21st August - Killed 309255 Corpl. Nicoll, W.
21st August - Wounded: Lieut. E. J. Rollings, M.C.; 78500 S.-Sgt. Daniel, R.; 205343 L.-Cpl. King, T.; 309112 Pte. Richards, A.; 309237 Pte. Alabaster, W.; 304865 Pte. Magill, C.; 309088 Pte. Balch, F.; 304553 Pte. Clark, E.
21st August - Prisoner of War 92831 L.-Cpl. Wilson, H.
25th August - Wounded: Sec.-Lieut. W. James; 309259 Pte. Summersby, S.
25th August - Gassed: 304391 Pte. Aldritt, L.; 309291 Pte. Benstead, C.
2nd September - Killed  Lieut. N. C. Wood, M.C.
2nd September - Missing (believed killed)  309088 Pte. Balch, F.
2nd September - Accidentally killed  L.-Cpl. Brown, J.
2nd September - Wounded: Lieut. C. A. Blencowe; 304392 Pte. Waller, P. W.; 304840 L.-Cpl. Heggie, R.
2nd September - Gassed  309298 Pte. Edmonds, F.
29th September - Killed  309335 Pte. Taylor, H.
29th September - Died of Wounds: 78670 Pte. Sheard, W.; 309334 Pte. Toulson, W. (Oct. 6th.)
29th September - Prisoners of War: Sec.-Lieut. J. H. Davies; Sec.-Lieut. F. H. Phippard; 309299 Pte. Fieldhouse; 304866 Pte. Flanagan, R.; 304574 Pte. Hawley, J.; 304375 Pte. Blake, P.; 309322 Pte. Pettifier, F.
29th September - Missing: 308284 Sgt. Cranston, H.; 304554 Cpl. Dickson, T.; 309329 Pte. Smartt, A.; 309309 Pte. George, R.; 308662 Pte. Harmsworth, A. W.
29th September - Wounded: 304569 Sgt. Collett, H. O.; 304356 Cpl. Rhodes, G.; 308615 Pte. Haynes, F.; 309341 Pte. Woodcock, S.; 304566 Pte. White, W.; 304583 Pte. Oliver, W. (remained at duty); 308615 Pte. Harper, J.
10th October - Wounded  304632 Pte. Bishop, A. C.
4/6th November - Wounded: Lieut. A. C. Ridlington; 304561 Pte. Edwards, R. (4th); 309249 Pte. Howard, H.; 304373 Pte. Pitchford, J.; 309324 Pte. Roberts, E. L.

1                    2                    3                    4                     5                   6                  7
1) Ravenel Operations
2) Villers Bretonneux Operations, August 8th, 1918
3) Bapaume and District Operations, August 21st to 25th 1918
4) Drocourt - Queant Line Operations, September 2nd and 3rd, 1918
5) Hindenburg Line Operations, September 29th, 1918
6) Le Cateau Operations, October 9th and 10th, 1918
7) Landrecies to Liesses Operations, November 4th to 11th, 1918