The FIBIS Fibiwiki page British Army has a small section called Regimental Journals (in the section Other sources)http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php?title=B ... er_sources
Some of these journals were published annually, some more frequently
It seems to have been quite common for Regimental journals to have been published from the 1890s onwards, although there were a few earlier ones eg St George’s Gazette
, journal of the Northumberland Fusiliers,(previously 5th Regiment of Foot) was published from 1883.
There only seem to be a few available online , in particular there is a broken range of editions of The Rifle Brigade Chronicle
, an annual publication, for the years 1890 to 1905 available online. (lLnks may be accessed from the above Fibiwiki page)
I would like to endorse this information. During my service with the infantry I did not see a single regiment that did not have a 'Regimental Journal' (as they were most commonly called during my time). Each regiment's journal would have a specific title and these sometimes referred to a part of that regiment's iconography (e.g. "The Tiger"
), or some other unique feature of its history. Amalgamated regiments tried to retain reminders of their forebear regiments and the few regiments that had not been amalgamated (at that time just five: Royal Scots, Green Howards, Cheshires, Royal Welch Fusiliers and King's Own Scottish Borderers) often had an unbroken run of journals going back over a century. My own regiment's (RWF's) journal was titled "Y Ddraig Goch"
(i.e. The Red Dragon) and the Royal Regiment of Wales's journal was titled "Men of Harlech".
For many deacades most (but not all) of the Journals were published by the Army's most prolific unofficial publishers based at Aldershot - Gale and Polden Ltd
, but after that company's demise, in 1981, the source of suitable publishing became more problematic and fragmented. From that time onwards the quality of some of the journals fluctuated, but as colour printing developed and computer based printing began, the publications took on a new life.
Although almost all journals began as annual issues, there were periods when some were printed bi-annually or even quarterly. Larger regiments (e.g. KRR, and RB) were wealthier and were always able to produce first class publications. Indeed, the KRR and RB Chronicles were published in hardback from the outset and certainly continued as such for a very long time. Very few other regiments could afford this.
As well as Regimental Journals, several regiments produced 'newspapers' during various campaigns and RWF produced such a periodical titled "The Flash"
during WW1, WW2, and in Northern Ireland as late as the 1980s.
All of the foregoing are useful as historical documents.
You can see a typical contemporary journal online here: http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/genera ... tion_1.pdf