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Troops Stationed in the area during World War II

During World War II there was a build up of American ground forces within Northern Ireland.

The units of the 82nd Airborne Division to spend time in Northern Ireland were:

  • The 325th Gilder Infantry Regiment
  • The 319th Gilder Field Artillery Battalion
  • The 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
  • Headquarters and Headquarters Battery Division Artillery
  • The 407th Airborne Quartermaster Company
  • Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division
  • Headquarters Company, 82nd Airborne Division
  • The 82nd Airborne Signal Company
  • The 82nd Airborne Military Police Platoon
  • The 82nd Airborne Division Artillery Band
  • The 82nd Airborne Division Infantry Band
  • The 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
  • The 320th Gilder Field Artillery Battalion
  • The 80th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion
  • The 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion
  • The 307th Airborne  Medical Company
  • The 782nd Airborne Ordnance Company

The following units were stationed at garrisons within the Coleraine Borough area:

  • Portrush - 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment Troopers (Landsdowne Crescent)
  • Portstewart - 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Troopers (Camp Cromore)
  • Kilrea - 'E' Battery - 80th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalin

Further Information can be found in John P McCann's book: "Passing Through - The 82nd Airborne Division in Northern Ireland 1943-44"