Ulster Rifles British 1st Airborne War Papers Photos D-Day patches wings Arnhem For Sale
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Ulster Rifles British 1st Airborne War Papers Photos D-Day patches wings Arnhem:
Here is a special forces SAS lifer soldier's collection that seems to stretch lightly into WWI heavily into WWII with a primary focus on Arnhem and then onto Korea and the Mau Mau. His focus on Arnhem is very deep to the point of recreated British position maps where he lays out the positions on a large 1950's map of Europe and also on a smaller map noting where units were. He painfully writes the outcome of each of the platoon members from the 25th platoon of the 9th Irish parachute regiment on the book cover and annotates this to his good Army Pal George from Bill of Scotland. (the dust cover is here). "take cover of book I have the Boys names listed". Small maps for NCO's only please return, show hand written troop movements for Monte Camino, end of war and Arnhem. There is a book that is Volume III of the Royal Ulster Rifles', personal war photos that are notated "died of wounds d-day....German plane shot down..photo of Bill in North Africa to George that ties to the book.
The briefcase is of George Lee who is Bill's pal. George is also in a photo postcard and shown as a plane's machine gunner. It is possible he ended up in the Ulster Rifles with Bill and these are George's photos as they were in the briefcase. Many of the photo of Ulster Rifle troops. That would make sense as Sgt. Lee is listed on the cover of the book as wounded and he must have transferred over.
Also included are 2 scrapbooks of the Royal Ulster rifles. Most items are photo clippings of the history of the unit in WWII, and a little of Korea and the Mau Mau. There are 2 filed taken paper items, an envelope and a compensation letter. There is the Arnhem document looking for survivors from the Allies that were likely given to local population. There are also jokes, program for the dedication of the SAS commando dedication by Churchill and obituaries of soldiers. Other paper items including the 1954 Winter Royal Ulster Magazine, Worn WWII photo magazine, a German wartime paper, some allied papers, queens guard 1960's paper back photo book, and a copy of Churchill's speech at the war memorial dedication. There is also Sgt. Lee's WWII briefcase from the 21st Army whose belongings these were. IT INCLUDES 16 PAGES OF TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON D-DAY PREPARATION AND INVASION AND GROUP ACTION. IT INCLUDES HOURLY NOTES AND UNIT MEMBERS KILLED AND WOUNDED. They are noted as copies of Field reports sent in by George Lee . He looks to be a sergeant in S company and notes 226 Presbyterians and 4 Jews. There is also a notebook that notes his numerous stops and engagements in WWII through North Africa, Asia and Europe.
There is is also a watercolor of the his British units crest and wings. This includes the SAS, 1st Airborne and his parachutist emblem. It is about 14" x 20". Lastly there is his uniform gear. His metal wings, cloth wings from when he was an airplane gunner, uniform stripes from the RUR and 2 RUR patches. There is also his airborne patch, 3 rur pins and a service royalty award. There are another 30 brass and metal and 1 Bakelite unit pins. This is a large and valuable lot focused on a British Special Forces soldier that survived against all in in WWII in Asia, North Africa, D-Day and wounded in Arnhem. What more he did before and after WWII you would have to investigate. This belongs in a museum and I will not break up the collection so don't ask.
I have had a lot of questions on this and good help. According to what I can read on the web, The Royal Ulster Rifles were brought back from India with WWII. A part of them went on to become part of the First Air Landing group and part of them went to become the start of the 6th airlanding. Prior to going into the 1st it appears as George did some time in North Africa. He then went on with the 6th at D-Day which ties to his notes. There is a George Lee listed as a LT. in the 13th Lancashire parachute brigade and this is possibly him.
Some Lancashire's glider unit are indicated to be in Arnhem during Market Garden. George has on the front of his book he was in Arnhem and also shows in his "stopovers" he was there. Whether the unit he was in went there, he volunteered, or flew a glider, (note his wings) I do not know. Given the book Bill addressed to him has a Sgt. Lee wounded there, I am guessing that was him. (I do not know when he made Lt.)
There are holes to be filled in and someone may be able to trace his service number which is on the front of the book. Like the Lancashire's, he notes he went on to the Ardennes and the German Bulge offensive.
This odyssey started for him in late 1939 in his book when he goes from Belfast to Liverpool and looks to be initially shooting antiaircraft at Plymouth. He notes half the city in flames but they moved the gins and shot down 332 planes in a day. He went on to Egypt in 1941 and Ethiopia and the Sudan in 1941/2. in 1943/4 he was in Sicily and Italy. He then lists: Caen, Rouen, Amiens, Lille, Boulogne, Louvin, Antwerp, Ardennes, Liege, Mons, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Venlo, Arnhem, Munster, Bremen, Guxhaven, Kiel, Flensburg, Lubeck, Hamburg, Berlin, Bombay, dehli, Calcutta, Bangalore, Amristsar, Pakistan and Bikaner.