The 1st US Rangers Battalion was activated in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, on 19 June 1942.
Exhibition and Seminar
To commemorate the 80th anniversary, there is a temporary exhibition (until 28 September 2022) in Carrickfergus Civic Centre.
Additionally, the Town Hall will be the location for a Seminar entitled ‘Perceptions and portrayals: American troops and wartime Northern Ireland’ on the morning of 20 August 2022.
Myself, covering the early days of the 1st Battalion, and the significance of the Dieppe Raid on the Rangers
Orla Fitzpatrick from the National Museum of Ireland on “The Pocket Guide to Northern Ireland”, produced by the US Army to help soldiers integrate into local society
Alan Freeburn from the Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum about the museum’s collections and projects
Shirin Murphy from Carrickfergus Museum who will conclude the seminar, lead a panel discussion, and allow for questions or comments from the audience.
I will be conducting a bespoke version of my Guided Tour on that afternoon. This Tour will include (subject to change) visiting the town’s last remaining Air Raid Shelter, the location of a Tank Factory, the Belgian Army Commemoration Stone, the site of a wartime Military Prison & Detention Centre, Barn Mills (former site of a large factory put to use during WW2), and the US Rangers Museum.
Places on the Seminar and/or the Tour must be booked in advance here. If you book a place on both the Seminar and the Tour, lunch is provided.