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This is a list of regiments within the British Army's Royal Armoured Corps during World War II.

On the creation of the corps in 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II, it comprised those regular cavalry and Territorial Army Yeomanry regiments that had mechanised,[1] together with the Royal Tank Regiment.[2] As the war progressed and further horsed regiments mechanised, they joined the corps, together with new (armoured) cavalry regiments that were raised for the hostilities. The RAC created its own training and support regiments, and in 1941 and 1942 a number of infantry battalions were converted to armoured regiments and joined the RAC.[3] Lastly, the RAC subsumed the Reconnaissance Corps in 1944.[4][5]

In the list below, the date refers to the date when the regiment joined the RAC

Cavalry[edit | edit source]

Regular[edit | edit source]

1939

1940

1941

Hostilities-only[edit | edit source]

1940

1941

Yeomanry[edit | edit source]

1939

1940

1941

1944

Royal Tank Regiment[edit | edit source]

Regular[edit | edit source]

Hostilities-only[edit | edit source]

Territorial[edit | edit source]

RAC regiments[edit | edit source]

RAC regiments converted from infantry[edit | edit source]

All personnel in these units wore the black RAC beret with their own infantry regimental badge.[3]

1941

1942

1943

1944

Reconnaissance regiments[edit | edit source]

The Reconnaissance Regiments had mainly been formed in 1941–3 from infantry battalions and/or brigade anti-tank companies. They usually took their numbers from the infantry divisions in which they were formed, but retained them if transferred to another division. Some had been disbanded before transfer to the RAC in 1944, some had been converted from RAC regiments and consequently returned to the corps in 1944.[16]

Notes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Major L.F. Ellis, History of the Second World War: United Kingdom Military Series: Victory in the West, Volume II: The Defeat of Germany, London: HMSO, 1968/Uckfield: Naval & Military, 2004, ISBN 1-845740-59-9.
  • George Forty, British Army Handbook 1939-1945, Stroud: Sutton Publishing, 1998, ISBN 0-7509-1403-3.
  • Lt-Col H.F. Joslen, Orders of Battle, United Kingdom and Colonial Formations and Units in the Second World War, 1939–1945, London: HMSO, 1960/Uckfield: Naval & Military, 2003, ISBN 1843424746

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