Overseas Missions - United Nations

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Lebanon, 1959

UNOGIL 1958 and later the Congo UNOGIL 1958 and later the Congo

 

 

Congo, 1960 - 1964

The 32nd Battalion was the first Irish Unit to serve overseas on UN duty.  They departed in July 1960 with a strength of 689 all ranks and were followed immediately afterwards by the 33rd Battalion in August 1960 with a strength of 706 all ranks.

 

 Oct 1962 - Apr 1963  Nov 1962 - May 1963 Nov 1962 - May 1963
Apr 1963 - Oct 1963 Apr 1963 - Oct 1963 Apr 1963 - Oct 1963
   
   Nov 1963 - May 1964  

 

 

      

Worn by the 34th Battalion and some later Battalions.

 

      

Worn by 32nd and 33rd Battalions in addition to the round UN badge (ONU).

 

 

Cyprus, 1964 - 1973

For many years there has been a debate amongst badge collectors as to whether the badge of the  Armoured Car Group, 3 Infantry Group (as displayed below) was ever worn.  Following extensive research by me,  I have come to the firm conclusion that the badge was in fact never worn.  The badge shown here is a copy of what had been proposed for the unit.

NB: The 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th Infantry Groups were home designations and did not wear a title.

Apr 1964 / Oct 1964  (Stg 606)
 

             

 Aug 1964 / Jan 1965  (Stg 399) Aug 1964 / Jan 1965 (Stg ???)   Oct 1964 / Apr 1965  (Stg 611)
     

             

 Oct 1964 / Apr 1965 (Stg ???) Jan 1965 / Jul 1965  (Stg 426) Apr 1965 / Oct 1965  (Stg 618)
     

             

Oct 1965 / Apr 1966  (Stg 503) Apr 1966 / Oct 1966  (Stg 503) Oct 1966 / Apr 1967  (Stg 504)
     

             

Apr 1967 / Oct 1967  (Stg 507)  Sep 1967 / Mar 1968  (Stg 527)  Mar 1967 / Sep 1968  (Stg 537)
     

             

 Aug 1968 / Mar 1969  (Stg 407)  Mar 1969 / Sep 1969  (Stg 405)  Sep 1969 / Apr 1970  (Stg 405)
     

             

 Mar 1970 / Oct 1970  (Stg 409)  Oct 1971 / Apr 1972  (Stg 376)  Apr 1972 / Oct 1972  (Stg 139)
     
 

Oct 1972 / Apr 1973  (Stg 137)

 

NOTE: The following units did not wear a unit title:-

19th Infantry Group             20th Infantry Group
Sep 1970 / Apr 1971  (Stg 414) Apr 1971 / Oct 1971 (Stg 414)
   
24 Infantry Group 25th Infantry Group
Apr 1973 / Oct 1973 (Stg 130) Oct 1973 / Apr 1974
  (To Sinai in Nov 1973)

 

Brassard with Ireland flash introduced in 1964.

 

SINAI (UNEF), 1973 - 1974

 

 

April 1974 - May 1974

NOTE: The 25th Infantry Group (Oct 1973 - Apr 1974) did not wear a title.

 

 

 

Iran / Iraq, 1988 - 1991

 Oct 1988 - Apr 1989  Apr 1989 - Oct 1989  Oct 1989 – Apr 1990
 
 Apr 1990 – Dec 1990   Dec 1990 - Jan 1991

NOTE: The 25th MP Company were located in Cyprus from January 1991, returning home to Ireland in March.

 

Brassard with Ireland flash introduced in Feb 1988.

 

 

SOMALIA (UNOSOM), 1993 - 1994

The Irish Defence Forces contribution to UNOSOM II was a Transport Company.  The Irish initially worn a very smart desert pattern uniform (American pattern) this changed to a basic green during the period.  The reason there is a variation badge for the 1st Tpt Coy is that enough were not ordered for the troops and a second batch was made

Sep 1993 - Mar 1994 Variation

Mar 1994 - Sep 1994

 

 

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 Page Updated : Saturday, 22 March 2014