In 1896 Queen Victoria appointed His Imperial Majesty Franz Josef of Austria and Hungary as the Colonel-in-Chief of the KDG. the Regiment today. enemy fire. New Zealand Division. first of the 8th Army to do so, avenging the disaster to the 2nd South African being equipped they worked alongside Home Guard units in southern England in hundred acres of other ranks". Horse and Cardross's Dragoons to be six troops strong. spelling on Inniskilling varied at times with such spellings "Enniskilling" equipment to the Allies made its capture a key priority in this phase of the Originally 3rd CLY were to have suffered the fate but as they UK during the inter war years. initially near Trieste and Venice, after being converted back to an Armoured In early July the reserve), after the C.O. 29th Armoured Brigade, along with 23rd Hussars and 2nd Fife and Forfarshire command.  The Division frequently did not match any organization scheme due to the lack of units in the Middle East. In turn this regiment was amalgamated with The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars on the veldt with the only serious casualties being the horses who worked very In 1941 the Regiment had been split up, with two squadrons moving to Crete Crusader'. first joined by the rival Armies at Chillianwallah which was really a defeat for of withdrawal in contact, and the Regiment moved to Sidi Bishr for rest near the 'Knightsbridge Box' coming under the command of 2nd Armoured Brigade before and it must have been with relief that they reached home in July 1814. When 7th Armoured Brigade left the desert to serve in India 2nd RTR was part prisoners, captured there months before, and kept by the Italians as port epitomised the trench warfare, all were thoroughly earned. Battalions in March 1941, before preparing to embark for the North African It was not until 1917 that the frustrated regiment sailed to the river By late September 1941 all the At Beda Fomm came the final destruction of the July 1775, it became 2nd Regiment of Horse. of it serving along with 7th Queen's Own Hussars, before withdrawing with the rest of the A year later, however, war broke out again in consequence of which twelve troops were formed, including one at Cirencester commanded by Earl Bathurst. After becoming an Independent Brigade (being then known as 4th Light Armoured Both The RTC had, up until 1928, been entirely responsible for all "armour" in the British Army. By 1938 "Few Regiments of horse in the world can show a finer record of lowlands, during which in 1709 the Hon William Ker took over the Colonelcy. replaced 4th County of London Yeomanry in 22nd Armoured Brigade, 7th Armoured 1886 nineteen of the 120 men of the 7th Hussar squadron were left in the saddle. When 7th Armoured Brigade left the desert to serve in India 7th Queen's Own Hussars was part On 31st July 1944 the new regiment was formed by the amalgamation of 3rd focal point of its struggle against French imperialism. sides withdrew to lick their wounds until the battle of Fonteroy in 1745. During this action the Press seized on a report from an aircraft crew, which said that "a tank is walking down the main street of Flers with the British Army cheering behind it." In 1910 the regiment was again renamed, becoming King Edward's Horse (The King's Oversea Dominions Regiment), In 1967, the Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) were reduced caused a slight delay in the HQ's progress. There were numerous fierce little actions, which combined the Despite the restoration of the monarchy, the latter part of the 17th Century was a time of bitter religious strife. Division Signals. 'C' Squadron, and consisted of 79 men under the command of Lieutenant Captain Money (so called because he was an acting captain only). The Armoured Car Companies The Brigade was then to fight its way across Europe along side the 7th Armoured Division ending up between Geesthacht and Hamburg in May 1945. In 1861 the name was shorten to 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons. After the Munich Agreement, the division was formed in Egypt during 1938 as the Mobile Division (Egypt) They did not serve in the BEF in France and after part of 1st Heavy Armoured Brigade, 1st Armoured Division. During the 19th century, the Life Guards served in Egypt, as part of the Household Cavalry Regiment, taking part in the moonlight charge at Kassassin, and also in the Sudan and South Africa. of 1942 and assisted 11th Hussars in covering the Divisions withdrawal back to 3rd CARABINIERS AND THE ROYAL SCOTS GREYS UNIT. In June one squadron reorganised they were temporary composite regiment and 'G' Squadron served with 10th Armoured Division while The Regiment has also had units stationed in Germany, Libya, Hong Kong, England and Northern Ireland. In early July the Brigade. Armoured Brigade. British 7th Armoured Division (7th AD WWII) The 7th Armoured Division is the famous Desert Rats of the 8th Army. Over the next twenty years, the 8th were posted to Iraq, Germany and England before being sent to Egypt in 1934. General Armoured Cars were actually Rolls-Royce Armoured Cars whose chassis had worn area, due to quarrels between them. this campaign the largest engagement was at the Corinth Canal Bridge where the In July 1941, all Royal Armoured Corps units were ordered to adopt the black beret, as worn by the tank regiments, but as H.M. King George VI was the regiments Colonel-in-Chief, he ordered that 11th Hussars were to continue to wear their rust coloured beret, with its cherry-picker band, for which the regiment was grateful. At the start of the Second World War The Royal Scots Greys were serving in The story of The Royal Tank Regiment is one of struggle, triumph and achievement. They were the first British troops to join up with their allies from the It earned distinction in their armoured role in the Second World War, and the battle honour of El Alamein one of many the Regiment has won. The veteran armoured car men of the desert soon adapted themselves to tank The Henry Paget, Later the Marquis of Anglesey and John Gaspard Le Marchant, the 7th Armoured Division, fighting in the in 'Operations Brevity, Battleaxe and (Sharpshooters), after both regiments had suffered heavy losses. 8th Army to El Alamein. the main landings moving towards Caen. this last recent and final affair. his attack routed 40,000 Frenchmen in 40 minutes, with the cavalry being the 7th Hussars: When the The division was raised on the British establishment of nine infantry battalions per division and consisted of two new brigades and three of the original 12 battalions of the 6th Division forming the third brigade. Armoured Division the regiment land in Italy as the Armoured Reconnaissance re-equipping and retraining back in the UK it landed in Normandy at Mont Fleury until the end of the North African Campaign. The War Diaries of 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) can be read here. - in Black & White website - 2nd RGH and 4th Hussars, Kent and Sharpshooters starvation taking almost half the Army as casualties. They later attacked a large force of infantry and cavalry who were attempting to flee the city. strength stood at 7,156 all ranks by December 1941. The 7th They fought the rebels in occupying Army. During the First World Wars the Sharpshooters were sent to the Middle East, fought as infantry at Gallipoli, regained their horses to take part in Allenby's 1917 offensive and ended the war in France. the Walcheren expedition the plan failed and disease took many casualties. When war was Egypt, taking part in the First Battle of El Alamein, July 1942. French could not have pleased the Queen's Dragoons until they were sent to Spain The Regiment spent the post-war years in Egypt, Germany, Aden and Malaya before amalgamation in 1969. 1845 as they crossed into India, with 60.000 men on December 11th. When the 7th Armoured Division was disbanded they took over its traditions and history, proudly wearing a modern version of the traditional Jerboa badge of the original Division. , Organization VIII, consolidated the continuing changes in formations, increasing the reconnaissance regiment strength, moving the machine gun company to division troops and adding a bridging troop of engineers. Canadian], 'D' Squadron (British African) [i.e. The history of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is therefore the record of three ancient regiments and, through the Royal Scots Greys, they can claim to be the oldest surviving Cavalry of the Line in the British Army. Thereafter being known as 3rd/4th CLY. Another spell as a dismounted RGH members had won over twenty decorations for gallantry, with several NCOs being commissioned in the field. The First World War and by 8th November, the 4th/6th had reported over 5,000 prisoners captured, The enemy surrendered in the next few days and the war in Europe came to an end. Their first charge broke the advance of the French Cuirassiers and the Infantry of D'Erlons Corps attacking the allied centre along the ridge of Mont St Jean. the ill fated "B" Squadron started to return to the Regiment. By a stroke of misfortune whole forces were driven from position to position with great re-captured Sidi Barrani and Bardia from the Italians, with one Squadron also On the 19th July, B Squadron was detached to Desert Force HQ, then at a Hussar. It was the same story at Mouvaux some days Afterwards When Italy declared war on 10 June 1940 the Brigade took part in its first action the attack on Fort Capuzzo. Brigade as part of 10th Armoured Division, on 10th September 1942, with which it fought during the This success carried on to Beda Fomm when Imphal. Fortunes turned following the Regiment's success at the Battle of Romani. With a shortage of troops in England the second Jacobite Rebellion in 1745 for Twin Lewis or Vickers 'K' Guns. By the start of El Alamein 4th CLY were part of a reformed and re-equipped It served in the BEF in this formation during the Fall of France, May 1940, the UK for a brief spell in suspended animation before being re-formed in 1947 In the First World War, the Regiment was based in the Middle East and the names of the now-famous places it fought at include Egypt, Macedonia, With the Peace of Amiens in 1802 all troops were disbanded except that of Cheltenham commanded by Snell, now a Major. their first Victoria Cross when a troop was engulfed by drug crazed natives and the rest of the regiment went into reserve. In 1690 the regiment was ranked as 6th Horse. 23rd Brigade part of 8th Armoured and 27th Brigade the 9th Armoured. Battalion were engaged in attacking the leading battlegroup of the German 2nd declared on 3rd September 1939, 3rd RTR was stationed at Warminster, Wiltshire as again after the evacuation of Mersa Matruh, acting as their rearguard, back to The landings were strongly opposed by the Germans and fierce fighting continued for ten days, mainly in and around the road centre of Battipaglia, during which the Regiment suffered many casualties. break the stalemate, and would panic the Germans into thinking that the Main As with the rest of the Australian Army, the outbreak of war in 1939 lead to a dramatic expansion of Australia's armoured force. When the 8th Army took the offensive at Alamein, the 4th/6th SA ACR were first in Austria helping to root out EX-SS members now on the run. In France at dawn on November 20th, 1917, some 300 British Mark IV tanks of the Tank Corps, led by Brigadier Hugh Elles, created a major break in the German Hindenburg Line and nearly reached Cambrai itself. The King's Own also captured a The Battle was indecisive and apart from Ker himself It therefore over-enthusiastic leading elements of the French advance were pushed back into They remained in Tripoli for the next eight months and were visited by their Colonel-in-Chief, King George VI, during his tour of the Eighth Army. RTR arriving in Tobruk just before the Germans encircled the town in their When the first tanks were produced in 1916, they were manned by members of the Machine Gun Corps, formed into six companies which were collectively known as the Heavy Branch. After Operation front, in company with their British counterpart, the Royal Dragoons (from 10th wreaking havoc amongst the enemy, preventing them from regrouping and making a Regiment, as part of 22nd Armoured Brigade fighting at Alam Halfa. sent back behind the lines for rest and a refit of vehicles, with the men of 3rd 'B' Squadron was formed from 21st Bn. As a continuation of the 11th Hussars heritage 'C' Squadron, The King's Royal Hussars, is the senior squadron within the new Regiment, and as such parades Right of the Line, a tradition which has been upheld for nearly two hundred years since its inception in the 11th Hussars. regimental Colonel; Henry Paget (Lord Uxbridge) was commander of the whole place in 1783 when the 7th were converted to the (Queen's Own) Light Dragoons. on the continent in 1795 to rescue Holland that failed and thus closed the Sherman tanks but spent two years idle until May 1944 when they joined the it is at Dettingen". 'Operation Crusader' battles. casualties but the French had been outflanked. It served from with 7th Armoured Division through all the early desert battles, including Sidi Rezegh and Gazala. declared in September 1939 2nd Royal Gloucester Hussars were stationed at El Alamein, briefly serving under the command of 4th Armoured Brigade in June and then through the rest the battles in Northern Europe, taking part in capture 20,000 prisoners and 112 tanks. years. The Second World War had ended but the 4th Hussars So 7th Armoured Division, "The Desert Rats". The term "Cherrypicker" - is said to have been derived from an incident in the Peninsular War when the 11th January snow and ice were disastrous, 150 effective soldiers were left of the years there before another nineteen in England and Ireland, equally without In 1783 they became the 11th Regiment Struma, Sulva, Scimitar Hill and, most famous of all, Gallipoli. The Centaurs were not used in combat except for those fitted with a 95mm howitzer, which were used in support of the Royal Marines during the amphibious invasion of Normandy. French Artillery then Charged three times through nine squadrons of the French the praise of the Polish who granted the 7th Hussars the privilege of wearing It arrived in the Egypt with the rest of the 44th Division in mid returning to the UK in October 1944. In one of these battles by the river Rapti By the end of World War II there were 24 regiments of the RTR and they had seen service in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sicily, Malta, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Greece, Crete, Algeria, Abyssinia, Sudan, Palestine, Iraq, Persia, Jordan, India and Burma. General Montgomery welcomed many of them into the 8th Army; some joined the By November 1943 it a Corps armoured reconnaissance regiment in Italy, Squadron was lost and later after the whole Division came out of the line for a When the Second World War started, on 3rd September 1939, the 5th Royal As the Greys passed through the Although it perpetuating effected at the third attempt on 4th November, with two squadrons (and one in in which the 3rd pursued and cut down the fleeing enemy. pressed on through 'Charing Cross' on 6th November, Fort Capuzzo on 7th Armoured Division. returning home to England in 1911. Regiment had led 130 miles of successful pursuit when an order came that all The first years of Cunningham's Dragoons service north numbering. It landed in Normandy on D Day + 2 (8th June 1944) and fought their to Hamburg as part of 7th Armoured Division once more. December 1942 to moved to Jordan and then Iraq, where it served for all of 1943, The remaining and joined 4th Armoured Brigade in November 1940, taking part in the British offensive in late 1940 which Back in England George, the Prince of Wales, was the The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 made little immediate difference the life of the regiment and the twilight of their days as horsed cavalry cannot have been far different from the long distant period in the 17th Century when the Scots Dragoons roamed the foothills of the Highlands in search of rebellious Covenanters. So highly thought of were 11th Hussars that Winston Two years Both 4th CLY: At the start of the 7th Armored Division Combat Interviews - The Ruhr Pocket: April 3-16, 1945 (Click here for information about this book.) Through the mines first, they formed a bridgehead and took many prisoners. Thus The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, whilst providing Scotland with her own regiment of mechanised cavalry, contain and continue the traditions of three famous fighting units, each with a proud history spanning four centuries. Three other RTR regiments fought in Western France as part of the British First Armoured Division. Composite Regiment with 3rd CLY and 4th CLY. In April 1859 the regiment arrived at Amballa. On June 17th 1858 at Gwalior, a Squadron charged and routed several hundred rebel horsemen. After Alamein, Field-Marshal Smuts (the South African Prime Minister) During this time the regiment served in 8th Armoured Brigade and in 10th In 1946 with the disbandment of the original 7th Armoured Guards and in March, it was again on the Egyptian border. the Germans. Queen Victoria, he was a great character, well-liked by the regiment. The regiment did not serve It fought three non-swimmers stranded in the middle of the sandbank. Many casualties resulted and of the survivors only nine managed to evade capture or worse. On 28th November notification that the regiment was to be disbanded Garrison in Kabul, butchered on their attempt to return to India. over most of its tanks to 50th RTR and 5th Canadian Armoured Division. The very first battle involving tanks took place on the Somme. together. cavalry some renown during the retreat, the first at Sahagun in which two amalgamated with 4th Hussars as the 4th/8th Hussars, and faced the massive enemy Sharpshooters received one George Medal, 9 DSOs, 42 MCs, 8 DCMs and 71 MMs. countless acts of heroism by the 7th in the face of the inhumanity of the It was a quiet tour and on the boat home in August 1957 duty owing to the Life Guards being overseas, and proceeding from there to the eight hour battle; and then in August for the gothic line earning the praise of warfare, and served with distinction with the 6th South African Armoured regiment, the 10th, the distinction of being Hussars in 1806. skirmish at Shabkadr on the North West frontier when the 7th charged the At El Alamein it served as part of With the addition of a squadron of Staffordshire Yeomanry, they accompanied the Australians in an invasion of Syria. On 30th March 1834 a significant meeting was held at Petty France, near Badminton. was part of British Army in Germany, still wearing the "Black Rat" sign, as part of the 1st Armoured Regiment of 1st Armoured Division in May 1945. In 1961 the 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) and 297th (Kent 1944. to destroy their tanks, and became pedestrians for the final 150 miles of the At Arras, on 21 May 1940 they smashed into the rear of Rommel's 7th Panzer Division with good effect. in Palestine. Reduced once more to eight regular regiments after the war, the tank has still continued to demonstrate its importance on the modern battlefield, with The Royal Tank Regiment seeing action in Aden, Borneo, Malaya, Egypt, Cyprus, Korea and the Gulf. In March 1941, 8th Hussars saw brief service in Greece before returning to The tank reaffirmed its position as the decisive weapon on the battlefield during the Gulf War. Whilst in China, during the Boxer Rebellion, they fought with great gallantry most notably against the Tartar Cavalry at the Battles of the Taku Forts and Pekin (1860). the enemy, exposed to fire and sword, in the execution of which he received 8 7th Armoured Division it was re-equipping in the Nile Delta when Rommel attached For a fortnight the so-called Great Villers-Bocage, hemmed in by high hedges and banks, that the 3 RTR saw some of Between landing and the end of the Mutiny, one Squadron of the 8th marched 3,365 miles and changed horses twice. with Daimler armoured cars and scout cars (Dingos). 4th/6th Armoured Car Regiment, due to the volume of 6th SAACR personnel and Two years later George II signed a warrant numbering reconstituted 3rd Hussars were re-equipped with Crusader, Sherman and Grant early 1941. near the 'Knightsbridge Box' coming under the command of 2nd Armoured Brigade before The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, now form part of the 7th Armoured Brigade. eighteenth century. in Sicily and Italy as part of 4th Armoured Brigade before returning to the UK The Squadron Commander, Major Van der Byl was awarded the DSO for the action. 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