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About the Fusiliers

England’s
Infantry at its
very best.

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, known as ‘The Fusiliers’, is an English infantry Regiment in the British Army, formed from four historic Fusilier Regiments in 1968. Since its formation, Fusiliers have seen service across the world and found themselves at the sharp end in regions as diverse as Northern Ireland and Cyprus. More recently the Regiment served in Kosovo and the Balkans, took part in the 1st & 2nd Gulf Wars and did several operational tours in Afghanistan. Today, both Regular and Reserve Fusiliers are ready for deployment anytime, anywhere.

The Regiment is made up of two battalions – First Fusiliers, based at Tidworth, who are equipped with the WARRIOR Armoured Infantry fighting vehicle.  And Fifth Fusiliers who specialise in light role operations and are based in Newcastle, with sub-units throughout England.

For more information about The Fusiliers visit www.thefusiliers.org

The Fusiliers
At a Glance.

Active From
23 April 1968
Role
Infantry
Specialism
Armoured Infantry

Through The Years.

The Fusiliers were formed in 1674 and named “Fuzileers” after their Fusil, the modern musket of the day.

The modern regiment was formed in 1968 from four English Fusilier Regiments (Northumberland Fusiliers, Lancashire Fusiliers, Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and Royal Fusiliers), seeing service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

1674
First Fusilier regiment formed in Northumberland.
1759
The Battle of Minden was fought during the Seven Years' War when Great Britain was allied with Prussia against France and Austria. Various Fusiliers were deployed in two Brigades.
1778
The Hackle was awarded to the Northumberland Fusiliers for defeating the French at St Lucia.
1811
A proud day for Fusiliers' as they stood firm against the French in the Battle of Minden. The Fusiliers were commanded by Sir William Myers of the Royal Fusiliers and composed of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers and 1st and 23rd Battalion of Royal Welch Fusiliers.
1915
The Lancashire Fusiliers win ‘six VCs before breakfast’ at Gallipoli.
1944
The Royal Warwickshire's led the way in the D Day landings in Normandy, North West France on the 6th June.
1951 - 53
The Royal Fusiliers and Royal Northumberland Fusiliers fight in the Korean War.
1968
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is formed as part of the Army reforms which saw the creation of the first 'large infantry regiment'.
1991 - 2014
1st, 2nd and 3rd Fusiliers were involved in the Middle East conflicts.
2006 - 2013
Both 1st and 2nd Fusiliers spend several tours in Afghanistan, helping rout the insurgents.