5th Regiment Royal Artillery

5th Regiment Royal Artillery

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5th Regiment Royal Artillery is a regiment of the Royal Artillery in the British Army. It currently serves in the Surveillance and Target Acquisition role equipped with various weapon locating equipment using radars and acoustic sound ranging, it also provides Special Observation Post teams.

Formation

The regiment was formed as 5th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in 1939 and consisted of K Battery and G Battery (Mercers Troop) RHA. K Battery was the current Riding Troop at St Johns Wood. In 1940 the regiment formed part of the British Expeditionary Force to France and after Dunkirk moved to North Africa, where it joined 7th Armoured Division.

Along with 7th Armoured Division the regiment fought throughout the Western Desert and for a limited period took part in the Italian Campaign. On return to the UK in early 1944 it then took part in the Normandy landings and fought in Northwest Europe to VE Day. In 1946, CC Battery became C Battery.

Reorganisation

Because of the reorganisation of the Royal Horse Artillery in 1958, the regiment became 5th Field Regiment RA. On 1 February 1958, C Battery moved to 3rd RHA and G Battery (Mercer's Troop) moved to 4th RHA. P Battery (The Dragon Troop) left 4th RHA and Q (Sanna's Post) Battery moved from 10th Field Regiment on the 5th February 1958 to join K Battery and form the regiment. After a short period near Crickhowell, the regiment left there in September 1958 for a 3-year tour of Hong Kong. After an enjoyable tour equipped with 25lb...
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