One of the hardest fought battles in the history of a local Army regiment was recalled in Carrickfergus this past weekend with the North Irish Horse commemoration of the Battle for the Adolf Hitler Line.
Her Majesty’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim, Dr Norman Walker attended a poignant commemoration of the bloody battle, along with the Canadian Defence Attaché, Colonel R Radford CD.
They undertook an act of remembrance and wreath laying to recall how many members of what is now B (North Irish Horse) Squadron of The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry died in action during the battle, on 23 May 1944.
The North Irish Horse Regiment went into battle supporting Canadian infantry in Italy in 1943.
The battle achieved its aim – but at a terrible cost – with over 1,000 Canadians killed or missing and 34 officers and men of the North Irish Horse Regiment killed, 36 injured and 25 tanks destroyed.
The Commemoration of the Battle for the Adolf Hitler Line took place on Saturday 20 May at 10.30am at the Carrickfergus Cenotaph with an act of remembrance being followed by a parade to St Nicholas Church, Carrickfergus for a service of remembrance.