What battalion of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry fought at Monte Cassino, and when and where did it land in World War II?
I am doing research on my grandfather's battalions and need to complete an assignment, as he married my grandmother in Ireland before leaving to fight.
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According to information provided by the links below, at least three battalions of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry participated in the Battles of Monte Cassino.
During the Winter Line battles of January 1944 (the first stage of the multiple battles), the 1st battalion of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry fought in the 15th Infantry Brigade (commanded by Brig. Gen. E. O. Martin and Brig. Gen. J. Y. Whitfield). They were part of the British 5th Infantry Division (commanded by Maj. Gen. Gerald Bucknall and, later, Maj. Gen. P. G. S. Gregson-Ellis) of the British X Corps (commanded by Lt. Gen. Sir Richard McCreery) of the U. S. Fifth Army (Lt. Gen. Mark Clark commanding). The 2nd/4 battalion of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry fought in the 138th Infantry Brigade (commanded by Brig. Gen. G. P. Harding) of the British 46th Infantry Divison (commanded by Maj. Gen. John Hawkesworth), also part of the X Corps, Fifth Army.
The 1st Battalion may also have participated in the Anzio breakout In March 1944. Units later served in France following the Normandy invasion.
You can visit the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum at the Doncaster Museum in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
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