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The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment was only in existence for forty eight years from amalgamation of its predecessor regiments in 1958 through to another amalgamation, this time into The Rifles, in February 2007. However, there is a still considerable story to be told in these pages.

These pages do not, however, pretend to be a complete Regimental History - events are too close and the perspective of time is lacking - rather they attempt to illustrate the story of The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, using sufficient text to set both images and events in context. We have concentrated on the 1st Battalion and the Regiment's TA component in this virtual gallery. The full Regimental Family: the 1st Battalion, the Territorial and Volunteer battalions, the Old Comrades, the Cadets, the families and our links to the two Counties through our Freedom towns and Regimental supporters are included in the pictorial history.

Although a fine pictorial history of the Regiment has been produced covering the period 1958 - 2007 and a full history has yet to be written. We are, however, actively collecting material for our archive. Consequently, each of the subject areas/topics has a facility for members of the Regiment or its wider family to contribute material. Please use it!

A DVD 'The Bloody 11th' is available to buy online, in person from the Museum Shop or via download from Battlefield History TV. The film covers the long history of the Regiment with a substantial part on the Devon and Dorset years 1948-2007.

BHTV - Battlefield History TV - click to visit their web site