4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

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The 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards was a cavalry regiment of the British Army from 1922 to 1992.

It was formed in India in 1922 by the amalgamation of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards and 7th Dragoon Guards , as the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards; it gained the distinction Royal in 1935. It returned to the UK in 1929, mechanised in 1938, and transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps in 1939 prior to the outbreak of war.

In 1939, it deployed to France with the British Expeditionary Force, as the reconnaissance regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division under I Corps. It participated in the Battle of France, fighting in northern France and Belgium, and evacuated from Dunkirk in Operation Dynamo. The personnel of the regiment landed in England on 3 June 1940, having abandoned their vehicles.

After re-equipping with Beaverette armoured cars, the regiment was posted to 1st Armoured Reconnaissance Brigade, and then in December 1940 to 27th Armoured Brigade, part of 9th Armoured Division, equipped with Covenanter tanks. At this time, a small group of personnel was detached to form the cadre of a new regiment, the 22nd Dragoons. In 1943 they joined 79th Armoured Division, equipping with amphibious Valentine tanks, and later re-equipping with M4 Sherman DD tanks.

Under the 8th Armoured Brigade, the regiment landed on King Green, Gold Beach, at 0720 on 6 June 1944 as part of the Operation Overlord landings, supporting the 50th Infantry Division. The regiment later participated in the battle for the......
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