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IRON DIVISION (3rd Edition)


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The history of the 3rd Division, 1809-2000. Formed by Wellington in Portugal in 1809, the 3rd Division played a leading part in the battles of the Peninsular War. In 1815 it bore the brunt of Napoleon's attacks at Waterloo, and in the Crimea and South Africa, shared reverses and frustrations with the rest of the British forces engaged. The 3rd Division fought with distinction as an infantry division in the World Wars, earning the nickname "Iron Division" in 1916, and assaulting the Atlantic Wall on D-Day. In post-war years the unit has formed Britain's airportable Strategic Reserve, dispatching troops for operations in all parts of the world from Borneo to Ulster. The Division was reformed in BAOR as 3rd Armoured Division in 1978 as part of Britain's contribution to the NATO Alliance. Following the end of the Cold War and the subsequent restructuring of Britain's Armed Forces, the Division, 3 (UK) Division, reformed again at Bulford as a strategic reserve able to undertake operations beyond the NATO area, with parachute, airmobile and mechanised formations.
  • AUTHOR: McNish, R
  • FORMAT: 256pp Bw 254x202 Hb
  • Code: 27302

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