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Kingcol was a British Army flying column created during the Anglo-Iraqi War.

Creation and composition[]

Kingcol was created to allow a portion of Habforce to relieve RAF Habbaniya as soon as possible. The column was named after its commander, Brigadier J.J. Kingstone.[1] Kingcol comprised 4th Cavalry Brigade,[2] 237th Battery 60th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery[nb 1] 1st Battalion Essex Regiment, [nb 2] one anti-tank troop, Royal Artillery,[nb 3] Number 2 Armoured Car Company RAF,[nb 4] and two supply companies, Royal Army Service Corps.[8] The 4th Cavalry Brigade comprised Composite Household Cavalry Regiment,[9] the Warwickshire Yeomanry,[10] and the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry.[11]

See also[]


  1. Equipped with 25 Pounders.[3]
  2. 'A' and 'D' Companies with two Bren gun carriers. Personnel carried in transport of the Royal Army Service Corps.[4]
  3. Equipped with 2 Pounders.[5]
  4. 8 Royal Air Force armoured cars.[6] Company included 8 Fordson armoured cars.[7]
  1. Lyman, p. 19
  2. Lyman, p. 24
  3. Maritn, p. 45
  4. Maritn, p. 45
  5. Maritn, p. 45
  6. Maritn, p. 45
  7. Lyman, p. 25
  8. Maritn, p. 45
  9. Lyman, p. 24
  10. Maritn, p. 45
  11. Lyman, p. 24


  • Lyman, Robert (2006). Iraq 1941: The Battles for Basra, Habbaniya, Fallujah and Baghdad. Campaign. Oxford, New York: Osprey Publishing. pp. 96. ISBN 1-84176-991-6. 
  • Martin, Colonel Thomas Alexander (1952). The Essex Regiment, 1929-1950. Essex Regiment Association. 

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