13th/18th Royal Hussars

13th/18th Royal Hussars

13th/18th Royal Hussars

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The 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army.


On 9 September 1922, the 13th/18th Hussars was formed by amalgamation of the 13th Hussars and the 18th Royal Hussars . In December 1935, it became known as the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own). It transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps in April 1939.

World War two

During the Second World War, it served as the reconnaissance regiment of the 1st Infantry Division in the Battle of France, and with 27th Armoured Brigade (later transferred to 8th Armoured Brigade) in the Battle of Normandy, where it was equipped with Sherman DD tanks.

Cold War

The regiment were the garrisoned regiment at Long Kesh at the introduction of Internment in 1971 by the then British Government, which saw the internment of IRA suspects without trial. The remnants of the "Kesh" were still existent at the site of HMP Maze until its demise.

The regiment were the first to introduce Armoured Fighting Vehicles proper to Northern Ireland, with the introduction of the CVR(W) Fox armoured car in 1977.

After this tour, the regiment was stationed at Wimbish (Saffron Walden) equipped with the Fox until 1982, when they were stationed in the North-West German town of Herford, becoming part of 1st British Corps (1BR). Here they were equipped with CVR(T), Scimitar, Spartan, and Sultan and in 1983 were re-equipped with the LRATGW system, Swingfire which was vehicle mounted on CVR(T) Striker. During...
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