This unit is also known as the 27th Inniskilling, 83rd and 87th. This regiment was formed on 1 July 1968, from the regiments which previously constituted the North Irish Brigade: The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, The Royal Ulster Rifles, and The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria’s), and the London Irish Rifles. The Royal Fusiliers (City of London regiment) was formed in 1685 to serve as escort to the artillery units and to prevent the civilian drivers from panicking when under fire. The name fusilier (French ‘fusil’ or ‘fusee) came from an improved musket used only by special units. These were the first troops to be armed with flint-lock muskets as they manned the artillery and sparks drifting from the fusecord of the old matchlock muskets often caused the open powder barrels standing beside the canons to explode. This solved the problem.
HORSE BRASS: MILITARY UNIT COLLECTION: Royal Irish Rangers.
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