Rifles Mark Salamanca Day With Families

The regimental day remembers a victory over French troops during the Napoleonic Wars.

Third Battalion The Rifles have celebrated the unit’s Regimental Day with their families.

Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh marked Salamanca Day with feats of strength, food, and a fun fair.

Staff Sergeant Joshua Shackleton, of 3 Rifles, said it means a lot to soldiers to be given a chance to spend a fun day with their families:

"It’s been a very busy period for the battalion - so to press pause for a short while and get out in the sun and enjoy it is nice," he said.

The Regimental Day remembers the Battle of Salamanca, when the four infantry regiments that were merged to form the present-day Rifles achieved a major victory over French forces during the Peninsular War in Spain and Portugal on 22 July 1812.

The battle established the Duke of Wellington as an offensive general - it was said that he defeated an army of 40,000 men in 40 minutes.

The anniversary is now celebrated with sporting competitions among the troops.

3 Rifles has a wide range of nationalities within its ranks and the families of troops from the Commonwealth also use the occasion to spread their culture.

Military wife Rusila Vetnibua said: "Every year we have Fiji Day - so more people can experience the different cultures that are in the military - and learn more about where we come from.

"It’s the day when their dad gets to spend the day with them and do fun things."

Members of 3 Rifles are set for summer off duty before returning to a schedule of training and preparation ahead of a deployment to Afghanistan.