Norfolk Regimental MuseumBack Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, Norfolk
Museum of the Royal Norfolk Regiment
- Protected status
Norwich is the home of the Norfolk Regiment, one of the infantry regiments of the British Army. Although it can date its history back to the eighteenth century, the Norfolk Regiment was only officially formed in 1881.
The regiment had a distinguished record during the Second World War. When war broke out, the 1st battalion was in India and was withdrawn to England and placed on coastal defence duties and manned many of the defences described in this inventory. They stayed in England until taking part in the D-Day landings in 1944. Two more battalion of the regiment had been sent to France in 1939-40 as part of the British Expeditionary Force, with one of these (and three more battalions) subsequently sent to the Far East and captured after the fall of Singapore in 1942.
The 1st Battalion was part of the 3rd Infantry Division that landed on Sword Beach on D-Day. As part of this Division, the Norfolks played a full part in the European campaign and liberated parts of France, Belgium and the Netherlands before finally becoming part of the occupation force in Germany after 1945.
The museum’s website is: http://www.rnrm.org.uk/