31st Infantry Regiment (Thailand)

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31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard
กรมทหารราบที่ 31 รักษาพระองค์
Emblem of the 31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard.svg
Emblem of the 31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard
Active 1955-present
Country Thailand
Branch Royal Thai Army
Type Airborne infantry
Size Regiment
Website www.rdf31.com

The 31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard (Thai: กรมทหารราบที่ 31 รักษาพระองค์) is a King's Guard regiment of the 1st Infantry Division, King's Guard of the Royal Thai Army. The regiment was created in 1955. The regiment, despite being designated an infantry regiment is in fact a rapid deployment force unit. The regiment is based in Lopburi. The regiment was honoured with the additional title of 'King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Guards'.

History[edit]

The regiment was founded on the 10 November 1955 as the 31st Combined Regiment (กรมผสมที่ 31). In 1956 the regiment became part of the 1st Infantry Division, King's Guard. The 1st Battalion of the regiment was transformed into a paratrooper unit in 1969, the rest of the battalions soon followed. In 1976 the regiment was designated a King's Guard unit. The regiment's name was changed from the '31st Combined Regiment' to '31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard' in 1979. In 1980 the regiment was further honoured with the additional title of 'King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Own Guards' (หน่วยทหารรักษาพระองค์ในพระบาทสมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวภูมิพลอดุลยเดช).[1][2]

Organization[edit]

The regiment is divided into three infantry battalions:

  • 1st Infantry Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard
  • 2nd Infantry Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard
  • 3rd Infantry Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ประวัติหน่วยกรมทหารราบที่ 31 รักษาพระองค์ (Thai)". กรมทหารราบที่ 31 รักษาพระองค์ (Official website of the 31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard). Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "History of the 1st Division, King's Guard (English)". กองพลที่ 1 รักษาพระองค์ (Official website of the 1st Infantry Division, King's Guard). Retrieved 22 June 2016. 

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