Royal Bermuda Regiment To Launch New Book

February 11, 2016

The Royal Bermuda Regiment’s picture-packed book to commemorate its 50th anniversary is to be officially launched at the weekend.

And author Tony McWilliam will be on hand at Brown & Co. on Front Street on Saturday to sign copies of Royal Bermuda Regiment – 50 Years Strong, prepared to celebrate last year’s golden anniversary of the Island’s defence force.

Mr McWilliam, former Editor of the Bermuda Sun, said, “It was quite demanding in terms of the schedules, which were very tight, but I definitely enjoyed writing it and going back to interviewing and research.”

Mr McWilliam added he found researching the periods of social unrest on the Island in the 1960s and 1970s particularly rewarding.

Highlights of the Bermuda Tattoo held last year to mark the 50th anniversary:

He said, “That part of it was the most interesting. It was a very tumultuous part of Bermuda’s history and the Bermuda Regiment was very much involved in it.”

The 160-page book features interviews with former and serving soldiers and charts the history of the RBR since it was formed in 1965 through the amalgamation of the Bermuda Militia Artillery and the Bermuda Rifles, formerly the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps.

It covers the turbulent 1960s and 1970s in depth – including the role the Regiment played as peacekeepers and the soldiers’ stories.

And it brings the story of the RBR bang up to date with a review of its modern roles, responsibilities and training and looks forward to the future.

Regiment Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Michael Foster-Brown said, “We’re thrilled to have such a professional and comprehensive publication which reflects 50 years of history and the service of what is now the Royal Bermuda Regiment.

“We think the author has done a great job in putting together the story of the Regiment, its roles and its significance to Bermuda.”

Col Foster-Brown, who will hand over command to Major David Curley and return to the British Army next month, added, “To have been in command during for the 50th anniversary period, including the award of the Royal title, and to have a chance to help shape the events has been very special and humbling.”

Mr McWilliam will be signing copies of the book at Brown & Co. between noon and 2pm on Saturday.

The book, published by the National Museum of Bermuda Press under the auspices of the Bermuda Regiment Charitable Trust, costs $50.

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