# all that stood against a Nazi conquest from mid-1939 until mid-1941 was what was once called the British Empire.
R.W. Friend enlisted into Royal Fusiliers and served 26 years with the Regiment.
Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment) during WW2
WW2 Battalions of Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment
The Battalion were active in the Middle Eastern and African campaign and in the Italian campaign.
1943: the Battalion and 2nd Battalion almost fought alongside each other at the Battle of Monte Cassino
1st Battalion the Royal Fusiliers. (City of London) Movements during WW2 years.
As part of the Indian Army which in WW2 campaigned in Mediterranean,
Middle East and African theatres of World War II (North African campaign):
(Operation Compass, Operation Crusader, First Battle of El Alamein, Second
Battle of El Alamein. East African campaign, 1940, Anglo-Iraqi War, 1941,
Syria-Lebanon campaign, 1941, Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran, 1941) - 4th
Indian Division including 5th Indian Infantry Brigade