|The Light Dragoons|
Cap badge of the Light Dragoons
|Active||1 December 1992-|
|Part of||Royal Armoured Corps|
RHQ - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne|
Regiment - Swanton Morley
Viret in aeternum (It Flourishes Forever);|
Merebimur (We shall be Worthy) (Latin)
Quick - Balaklava|
Slow - Denmark
|Colonel-in-Chief||HM The King of Jordan|
|Lt-General Sir Roderick Alexander Cordy-Simpson, KBE CB|
|Tactical Recognition Flash|
NCOs - Royal Crest|
From 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars
ORs - South Africa flash
From 13th/18th Royal Hussars
The Light Dragoons (LD) is a cavalry regiment in the British Army. It was formed in 1992 from the amalgamation of two regiments, the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) and the 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars becoming the first dragoon regiment in the British Army for over twenty years.
Present Day[edit | edit source]
The Light Dragoons are a formation reconnaissance regiment with a history in the reconnaissance role which dates back to the early eighteenth century. Currently based in Robertson Barracks Swanton Morley, Norfolk (formerly RAF Swanton Morley), they are commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Sam Plant MBE.
They are highly experienced operationally with fourteen tours of the Balkans during the 1990s. They have deployed twice to Iraq on Operation TELIC in 2003 and 2005.
In April 2007 the majority of the regiment including elements of HQ Squadron, B Squadron complete and specialists from D Squadron were deployed for a six-month tour in Afghanistan with 12 Mechanised Brigade on Operation HERRICK 6.
The Light Dragoons recruit principally in the North East of England (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham) and in South Yorkshire and have strong connections with these areas. For this important reason, the regiment is known as England's Northern Cavalry.
Formation Reconnaissance[edit | edit source]
Operating up to fifty miles ahead of the main body, the FR taskforce identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the enemy's defences, or locates the main thrust of his attack. FR soldiers achieve this either by advancing into contact with the enemy and probing his positions, or by establishing a matrix of covert observation posts which can identify, assess and report the enemy threat.
Information thus gained gives the commander the battlefield intelligence he requires to plan the battle ahead, allowing him to concentrate force against the enemy's weakest point or to best counter an attack.
A formation reconnaissance regiment is equipped with the Scimitar. They also use other vehicles in this class, such as the Sultan command and control vehicle and the Samaritan field ambulance. The organisation is 3 Squadrons (A, B, C), each of 12 FV107 Scimitar and 4 FV103 Spartan, D Squadron has experts in demolitions, sniping, controlling fast jets (JTAC) and using the FGM-148 Javelin anti tank missile system.
Vehicles[edit | edit source]
The Light Dragoons are equipped with the family of Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)) vehicles. Although they have been in service with the British Army for some 30 years, they are very capable, fast, manoeuvrable and well protected.
The main recce vehicle is the FV107 Scimitar which is armed with a 30mm cannon and a machine gun and uses a very efficient thermal imaging sight for gathering information and target acquisition.
Nicknames[edit | edit source]
- A Squadron "The Empire"
- B Squadron "The Guards"
- C Squadron "The Legion"
- D Squadron "The Enemy"
Recruiting Areas[edit | edit source]
- Tyne and Wear
Operational Honours[edit | edit source]
During service in Afghanistan the following members of the regiment were Mentioned in Despatches (MID):
- Sergeant Michael WILKINSON
- Lieutenant Nicholas William David BINNINGTON
- Major John GODFREY
Colonels-in-chief[edit | edit source]
- HRH The Princess of Wales (1992–1996)
- HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1997–2002)
- HM The King of Jordan (2003–)
The Light Dragoons is one of only two regiments in the British Army to have a foreign monarch as its Colonel-in-Chief (the other being the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires). HM King Abdullah served in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars, one of the antecedents of the Light Dragoons.
The dragoons were in origin soldiers trained to fight on foot, but transport themselves on horseback. In other words, they moved as cavalry but fought as infantry. During the first half of the eighteenth century British dragoons became dedicated cavalry, but because of their origins were paid less than the "regiments of horse." In the 1750s the first British regiments to be styled "light dragoons" were converted from dragoons.
Alliances[edit | edit source]
- Canada - The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal)
- Canada - The South Alberta Light Horse
- Australia - 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers
- India - 1st Horse (Skinner's Horse)
- Pakistan - 6th Lancers
- Pakistan - 19th Lancers
- Malaysia - 2nd Royal Armoured Regiment
- Royal Navy - HMS Northumberland
- France - 4e Chasseurs d'Afrique
Affiliated yeomanry[edit | edit source]
Order of precedence[edit | edit source]
The King's Royal Hussars
|Cavalry order of precedence||Succeeded by|
The Queen's Royal Lancers
Notes[edit | edit source]
- "Hundreds gather in Barnsley to welcome the Light Dragoons". army.mod.uk. 14 November 2012. http://www.army.mod.uk/news/24605.aspx.
- "army.mod". http://www.army.mod.uk/ld/role_equipment/index.htm.
References[edit | edit source]
- Light Dragoons: The Making of a Regiment By Allan Mallinson . Pen and Sword books . 362 pages . 2006. ISBN 1-84415-448-3
[edit | edit source]
- The Light Dragoons Regimental Association
- Through Helmand desert with the Dragoons
- British Army Locations from 1945
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