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15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars
Badge of 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars
Active 11 April 1922 - 1 December 1992
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Type Line Cavalry
Role Formation Reconnaissance
Size Regiment
Part of Royal Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQ Newcastle upon Tyne
Motto(s) Merebimur (We shall be Worthy) (Latin)
Colors Blue - Yellow - Red & Blue
Anniversaries 21 December Sahagún Day
23 September Assaye
Battle honours


Egmont op Zee
Afghanistan 1878–80
Abu Klea
Nile 1884–85
Egypt 1882–84
Tel el-Kebir
South Africa 1899–1902
Defence of Ladysmith
Aisne 1914
Marne 1914
Ypres 1914 '15
Somme 1916 '18
Le Cateau
Armentières 1914
Pursuit to Mons
Retreat from Mons
Cambrai 1917 '18
France and Flanders 1914–18
Withdrawal to Escaut
Seine 1944
N.W. Europe 1940' 44' 45
Colonel of
the Regiment
HRH Princess Margaret
NCOs - Royal Crest. All Ranks Assaye and Elephant on belt buckle.

The 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It was created as part of the reduction in cavalry in the aftermath of the First World War. It was formed by the amalgamation of the 15th The King's Hussars and the 19th Royal Hussars (Queen Alexandra's Own) on 11 April 1922, becoming the 15th/19th Hussars. It briefly dropped the 19th numeral from its title in 1932, becoming the 15th The King's Royal Hussars, before regaining it the following year.

Second World War[edit | edit source]

At the outbreak of the Second World War the regiment was part of the 3rd Infantry Division, based in York, serving as the divisional reconnaissance regiment (3 September 1939 - 30 March 1940). The regiment was deployed with the division as part of the British Expeditionary Force, and fought in the Battle of France. During this time, the regiment was transferred to the 2nd Armoured Reconnaissance Brigade (30 March 1940 - 22 June 1940). The regiment was decimated during the German advance, and was evacuated from Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo. In the evacuation all of the regiments remaining armour and vehicles were left behind.

Following the withdrawal the regiment was assigned to the 3rd Motor Machine Gun Brigade. The brigade was redesignated, on 1 December, as the 28th Armoured Brigade, which was assigned to the 9th Armoured Division (1 December 1940 to 20 June 1944). During this period a cadre was detached to form the 23rd Hussars. The 15th/19th Hussars remained in the United Kingdom until after the Normandy landings, on 6 June 1944, when it was dispatched to France to serve as the divisional reconnaissance regiment of the 11th Armoured Division (17 August 1944 - 31 August 1945). The regiment ended the war in Germany.

Post war[edit | edit source]

The Regiment served in Palestine between 1945 and 1948. The regiment was also involved in the Malayan Emergency from 1954 to 1956; the Regimental Headquarters and one squadron was based at Ipoh, while the remaining squadrons were based at Taiping and Raub. After Malaya, the Regiment was posted to Oman, Muscat, and Aden during the rebellion of the Imam of Oman in 1957.

Cold War[edit | edit source]

Throughout the Cold War, the regiment saw service across the world. As with most armoured regiments, it spent much of its time in West Germany as part of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR). In 1974 the regiment returned to the United Kingdom, based in Omagh County Tyrone for 18 months. On return to England as an Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, it was equipped with the FV101 Scorpion, the Scimitar and the Fox. At this time B Squadron deployed as Armoured Car squadron to UNFICYP. The regiment was then deployed, in 1977, back to Germany assigned to the 3rd Armoured Division. The regiment was stationed in the German city of Paderborn and became the fourth, of four divisional Armoured Reconnaissance regiments in BAOR. During this time the Regiment would deploy squadrons to Northern Ireland as part of Operation Banner. All Sabre squadrons were so deployed. 'A' and C Squadrons also deployed as a prison guard force based at HMP Magilligan, HMP Maze and HMP Crumlin. The Close Reconnaissance Troops also deployed to CFB Suffield in Canada on Exercise Medicine Man in the early 1980s. In late 1984 the main body of the Regiment returned to England as the Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment. in Bovington Camp in Dorset. However 'A' Squadron was deployed to Cyprus to serve as the resident Armoured Car Squadron, one of the last units in the British Army to use the Ferret Scout Car, and the Saladin and Saracen armoured cars. In the late 1980s, the Regiment re-roled back to a Main Battle Tank (MBT) unit, equipped with FV4201 Chieftain tanks. Initially the regiment was equipped with the Chieftain Mk5 before being equipped with the more advanced and up-armoured MK10 and Mk11. The regiment was one of the last to actively operate the Chieftain MBT at battle readiness, until the regiment was disbanded during 1992. As part of the post-Cold War defence reforms, the 15th/19th amalgamated with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) on 1 December 1992 to form the Light Dragoons. The new regiment designated an Armoured Reconnaissance regiment, and was equipped with FV107 Scimitar Combat Vehicles, Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)s) to be operated in the Formation Reconnaissance role.

Scimitar,Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked)

Spartan CVRT

Sultan CVRT

Victoria Cross[edit | edit source]

The following members of the combined Regiments were awarded the Victoria Cross, Great Britain's highest award for valour in the face of the enemy;

Notable soldiers[edit | edit source]

Nicknames[edit | edit source]

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  • A Squadron - The Windies
  • B Squadron - The Guards
  • C Squadron - The Legion

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