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April 19, 2019 at 8:42 am

Tank Regiments of Britain

What part of the British Army is responsible for tanks? The armoured regiments of the British Army are provided by the Royal Armoured Corps. Today, the Royal Armoured Corps are equipped with Challenger 2 tanks. There are three armoured regiments under the Corps who each possess 56 Challenger 2 tanks. The three regiments are:

The Royal Tank Regiment

The King’s Royal Hussars

The Queen’s Royal Hussars

The very first armoured regiments were known as tank battalions and formed during the First World War. They started in the Machine Gun Corps and then the Tank Corps. Each battalion contained three companies, each with four tanks. Further tanks were kept in storage for training purposes and to replace any that broke down. During the war, a total of 36 battalions were formed but this number reduced to 4 once the conflict came to an end.

By the end of the Second World War, there were 4 armoured regiments in each of the armoured divisions. Each division’s reconnaissance regiment had Cromwell tanks, while the armoured regiments were provided with Sherman tanks.

A single regiment consisted of 4 squadrons given the letters A, B, C and HQ. Inside each lettered squadron were four sets of troops with four tanks and one HQ troop. Each HQ squadron consisted of command troops and light tanks for reconnaissance missions. Anti-aircraft tanks were used as part of the HQ squadrons unit during the Battle for Normandy in the summer of 1944. If you’ve always dreamed of commanding your own tank in a Tank Driving Experience that’s unforgettable, now you can, with a Tank Driving Experience from Armourgeddon.

By the late 1990s, the number of armoured regiments were reduced to six with one of the regiments forming a reconnaissance role and another forming the Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear Regiment. The six were then expanded into a three squadron formation with 38 tanks to a four squadron structure with 58 tanks.

This changed again with the Defence White Paper of 2003, when ‘Delivering Security in a Changing World’ was delivered. Five army regiments were given armoured status and equipped as such. Two were assigned to the 1st Armoured Division – The Queen’s Royal Hussars and The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Three became the 3rd Mechanised Division of the Royal Dragoon Guards, the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment and The King’s Royal Hussars.

The Queen’s Royal Hussars and Royal Dragoon Guards have 58 Challenger 2 tanks and 8 CVR Scimitars.

By the end of the Second World War, there were 4 armoured regiments in each of the armoured divisions. Each division’s reconnaissance regiment had Cromwell tanks, while the armoured regiments were provided with Sherman tanks. The heavy armoured regiments of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, King’s Royal Hussars and 2nd Royal Tank Regiment have 44 Challenger 2 tanks and 22 CVR Scimitars.

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