Royal Armoured Corps [UK]
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Page created 1 November 2000. Corrected and updated 03.12.2005
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1939.04.04 Royal Armoured Corps
formed to encompass all mechanised cavalry regiments (Cavalry Wing) and the Royal Tank Regiment (renamed from Royal Tank Corps); other regiments joined later as they mechanised; from 1939 to 1945 also included numbered RAC regiments converted from infantry battalions
1944.01.01 absorbed Reconnaissance Corps
The Royal Armoured Corps (Army site)

The Royal Armoured Corps, by Glenvil Roberts.

HQ and Depot:
  Home HQ:
  Depot: RAC Depot, Bovington Camp, Wareham, Dorset.
Regular Regiments [in order of joining RAC]:
Note: Household Cavalry(Life Guards, Royal Horse Guards, Household Cavalry Regiments, Blues and Royals) are armoured but not RAC
  1st King's Dragoon Guards [1939-1959]
  The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) [1939-1959]
  3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards) [1939-1971]
  4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards [1939-1992]
  5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards [1939-1992]
  3rd The King's Own Hussars [1939-1958]
  4th Queen's Own Hussars [1939-1959]
  7th Queen's Own Hussars [1939-1958]
  8th King's Royal Irish Hussars [1939-1959]
  9th Queen's Royal Lancers [1939-1960]
  10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own) [1939-1969]
  11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) [1939-1969]
  12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) [1939-1960]
  13th/18th Royal Hussars [1939-1992]
  14th/20th King's Hussars [1939-1992]
  15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars [1939-1992]
  16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers [1939-1993]
  17th/21st Lancers [1939-1993]
  Royal Tank Regiment [1939-present]
  1st The Royal Dragoons [1940-1969]
  22nd Dragoons [1940-1948]
  23rd Hussars [1940-1948]
  24th Lancers [1940-1948]
  25th Dragoons [1941-1948]
  26th Hussars [1941-1943]
  27th Lancers [1941-1948]
  The Royal Scots Greys [1941-1971]
  1st Scorpion Regiment [1943-1944]
  1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards [1959-present]
  The Queen's Own Hussars [1958-1993]
  The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars [1959-1993]
  9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) [1960-present]
  The Royal Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) [1969-1992]
  The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys) [1971-present]
  The Royal Dragoon Guards [1992-present]
  The King's Royal Hussars [1992-present]
  The Light Dragoons [1992-present]
  The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish) [1993-present]
  The Queen's Royal Lancers [1993-present]
Territorial Regiments (Yeomanry) [in order of joining RAC; see also RTR]:
Note: RTR regiments were the first Territorials to join the RAC in April 1939; some regiments not listed here were resuscitated as squadrons of regiments after 1967
  The Derbyshire Yeomanry [1939-1957]
  The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars [1939-1967]
  The Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry [1939-1956]
  The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry [1939-1956]
  The Northamptonshire Yeomanry [1939-1956]
  The East Riding Yeomanry [1939-1956]
  3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) [1939-1944]
  North Irish Horse [1939-1967]
  The Inns of Court Regiment [1940-1961]
  The Westminster Dragoons (2nd County of London Yeomanry) [1940-1961]
  The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (Prince of Wales's Own) [1941-1967]
  The Warwickshire Yeomanry [1941-1956]
  The Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own) [1941-1956]
  The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry [1941-1967]
  The Staffordshire Yeomanry (Queen's Own Royal Regiment) [1941-1967]
  The Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester's) [1941-1942, 1947-1967]
  The North Somerset Yeomanry [1941-1942, 1947-1956]
  The Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons [1944-1956]
  3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) [1944-1961]
  The Shropshire Yeomanry (Dragoons) [1947-1967]
  The Ayrshire Yeomanry (Earl of Carrick's Own) [1947-1967]
  The Leicestershire Yeomanry (Prince Albert's Own) [1947-1957]
  The Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry [1947-1967, 1983-1992]
  The Northumberland Hussars [1947-1967]
  The Lovat Scouts [squadron] [1947-1949]
  The Scottish Horse [1947-1956]
  Lanarkshire Yeomanry [1947-1956]
  Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry [1947-1956]
  The City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders) [1947-1956]
  The Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars [1950-1956]
  The Queen's Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Hussars [1956-1967]
  The Queen's Own Lowland Yeomanry [1956-1967]
  The North Somerset and Bristol Yeomanry [1956-1967]
  The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse [1956-1967]
  The Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry [1956-1967]
  The Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry [1957-1967]
  The Berkshire and Westminster Dragoons [1961-1967]
  The Pembroke Yeomanry (Castlemartin) [squadron] [1961-1967]
  The Inns of Court and City Yeomanry [1961-1967]
  Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) [1961-1967]
  The Royal Yeomanry [1967-present]
  The Queen's Own Yeomanry [1971-present]
  The Queen's Own Mercian Yeomanry [1982-present]
  The Royal Wessex Yeomanry [1983-present]
  The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry [1992-present]
  The Scottish Yeomanry [1992-1999]
  The King's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry (Light Infantry) [1996-1999]
  The Dorset Yeomanry [1997-1999]
RAC Regiments [converted from infantry, Second World War]:
  1st Armoured Delivery Regiment
  1st Armoured Reinforcement Regiment
  2nd Armoured Delivery Regiment
  21st Training Regiment [1944-1945]
  49th Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment
  53rd Training Regiment [1939-194u]
  54th Training Regiment [1939-194u]
  55th Training Regiment [1939-194u]
  56th Training Regiment [1939-194u]
  57th Training Regiment [1939-194u]
  58th (Young Soldiers) Training Regiment [1940-194u]
  59th Training Regiment [1940?-194u]
  60th Training Regiment [1940?-194u]
  61st Training Regiment [1940?-194u]
  107th Regiment (King's Own) [1942-1945]
  108th Regiment [1941-1944]
  109th Regiment [1941-1944]
  110th Regiment [1941-1944]
  111th Regiment (Manchester Regiment) [1941-1943]
  112th Regiment [1941-1944]
  113th Regiment [1942-1944]
  114th Regiment [1942-1944]
  115th Regiment [1942-1944]
  116th Regiment [1942-1946]
  141st Regiment [1941-1945]
  142nd Regiment [1941-1944]
  143rd Regiment [1941-1943]
  144th Regiment [1941-1945]
  145th Regiment [1941-1945]
  146th Regiment [1941-1947]
  147th Regiment [1941-1945]
  148th Regiment [1941-1944]
  149th Regiment [1941-1946]
  150th Regiment [1941-1946]
  151st Regiment [1942-1943]
  152nd Regiment [1942-1945]
  153rd Regiment [1941-1944]
  154th Regiment [1942-1943]
  155th Regiment [1942-1945]
  156th Regiment [1941-1943]
  157th Regiment [1941-1943]
  158th Regiment [1942-1943]
  159th Regiment [1942-1943]
  160th Regiment [1942-1943]
  161st Regiment [1942-1946]
  162nd Regiment [1942-1943]
  163rd Regiment [1942-1944]
  200th Armoured Delivery Regiment
Reconnaissance Regiments:
  see Reconnaissance Corps
  400th Independent Scorpion Squadron
  Parachute Squadron [1964-1976]
Note:  Battle honours are awarded to individual regiments of the RAC.
Note: Standards and Guidons are carried by individual regiments of the RAC.
Badges: Crest: In front of two concentric circles broken and barbed at the top, a gauntlet, clenched, charged with a billet inscribed with the letters R.A.C., the whole ensigned with The Crown.
Captain General:
F.M. HM King George VI
Colonel Commandant, Cavalry Wing:
1939 [vacant]
1947.05.12 F.M. The Rt Hon Bernard Law (Montgomery), 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO [also R Warwickshire Regt, RTR, Para, APTC; Cmdr 8th Army; C-in-C 21st Army Gp; CIGS]
1947.05.21 Gen. Sir Richard Loudon McCreery, GCB, KBE, DSO, MC
1950.01.01 Gen. Sir Charles Frederic Keightley, GCB, GBE, DSO [to 1952?]
1958.07.11 Gen. Sir Charles Frederic Keightley, GCB, GBE, DSO
1968.04.01 F.M. Sir Richard Amyatt Hull, KG, GCB, DSO
1974.04.01 F.M. The Rt Hon Richard Michael Power (Carver), The Baron Carver of Shackleford, GCB, CBE, DSO, MC
1977.04.01 Gen. Sir Jack Wentworth Harman, GCB, OBE, MC, ADCGen [also Col. 1st Q Dgn Gds; AG 1976-78]
1980.04.01 Gen. Sir Robert Cyril Ford, GCB, CBE [also SAS; AG 1978-81]
1982.04.01 F.M. Sir John Wilfred Stanier, GCB, MBE, ADCGen
1985.08.01 F.M. Sir Nigel Thomas Bagnall, GCB, CVO, MC
  1988.08 Gen. Sir Brian Kenny, GCB, CBE
1993.07.12 Gen. Anthony Stephen Jeremy Blacker, KCB, CBE [to 1995; also RTR, REME; Hon. Col. RYR, Westminster Dgns]
    Maj-Gen. D.J.M. Jenkins, CB, CBE
1995.07.01 Lt-Gen. Sir Robert Hayman-Joyce, KCB, CBE
2000.04.07 Maj-Gen. Peter Gilchrist, CB
2004.12.01 Maj-Gen. Alexander Richard David Shirreff, CB
Colonel Commandant, Yeomanry:
Lt-Col. Sir Ian Walker-Okeover, Bt., DSO, TD [to 31 Mar. 1967]
1967.04.01 Col. John Granville (Morrison), 1st Baron Margadale of Islay, TD [also Hon. Col. RYR, R Wilts Yeo; Lord Lt Wiltshire]
1971.12.16 Lt-Col. (Bt. Col.) The Hon. Gordon William Nottage Palmer, OBE, TD, JP [also Hon. Col. RYR, Berks&WD, Westminster Dgns, 2nd Bn Wessex Regt]
1975.06.01 Col. Sir Martin St. John Valentine Gibbs, CB, DSO, TD [Hon. Col. RYR, R Wilts Yeo; Lord Lt Gloucestershire]
1982.11.15 Lt-Col. (Bt. Col.) Matthew White (Ridley), 4th Viscount Ridley, KG, TD, DL [also Hon. Col. Q O Yeo, Northumberland H]
1986.06.05 Maj-Gen. Peter Boucher Cavendish, CB, OBE [also Hon. Col. Q O Mercian Yeo]
1990.08.26 Col. Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison, TD [also Hon. Col. Q O Yeo; Northumberland H]
1994.12.08 Col. E.C. York, TD, DL
1999.12.08 Col. J.E.B. Hills, TD, DL
2004.12.08 Maj-Gen. Gerald Cavendish (Grosvenor), 6th Duke of Westminster, KG, OBE, TD, DL [also Hon. Col. R Merc&Lanc Yeo, 7th Regt AAC; Col.-in-Chief, R Westminster Regt]
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Miscellaneous Tradition Links:

Royal Canadian Armoured Corps

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The Tank Museum, Bovington (Museum site)
Royal Armoured Corps Museum & Royal Tank Regiment Museum, Bovington (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Tank Museum, Bovington (Simonides listing)
East of England Tank Museum, Harwich
Regimental Journal:
Cavalry journal. Quarterly. London : RUSI, 1906-1938.
Cavalry journal, horsed and mechanized. - v. 32 (Mar. 1942). London : RUSI, 1938-1942. Suspended publication 1914-1918. Absorbed by Royal Armoured Corps journal.
Royal Armoured Corps journal. Quarterly. - v. 14 (1961) London : RAC, - 1961. Absorbed Cavalry journal and Royal Tank Corps journal.
Full Histories:
Macksey, Kenneth. A history of the Royal Armoured Corps and its predecessors, 1914-1975. Beaminster, England : Newtown Publications, 1983. ISBN: 0950853607
Short Histories:
Owen, Frank ; Atkins, H. W. The Royal Armoured Corps. London : H.M. Stationery Off., 1945. ["The first official account of the Royal armoured corps"]
Second World War:
Murland, James Robert William. The Royal Armoured Corps. London : Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1943 [two eds. in 1943]
Masters, David. With pennants flying; the immortal deeds of the Royal Armoured Corps. London : Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1943.
Graves, Charles. The black beret. London ; New York : Hutchinson & Co., 1943.
Perrett, Bryan. Through mud and blood : infantry. London : Hale, 1975. ISBN: 0709148224
Battalion Histories:
The history of the 107 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (King's Own) : June 1940-February 1946. 2nd ed. Lancaster : King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, 2003. ISBN: 1904448089
Wilson, Andrew. Flame thrower. London : Kimber, 1956 [141st Regt RAC]
Wilson, Andrew. Flame thrower. [new ed.] Maidstone : Mann, 1974. ISBN: 0704100428
Wilson, Andrew. Flame thrower. [new ed.] London : Kimber, 1984. ISBN: 0718305221
Jolly, Alan. Blue flash. The story of an armoured regiment. London : For the author, 1952. [144th Regt RAC]
Special Topics:
A short guide to the Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum and the Royal Tank Regiment Museum. [1st ed.] Bovington : Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum, 1961. [many subsequent editions, including:]
A short guide to the Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum and the Royal Tank Regiment Museum. [15th ed.] Bovington : Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum, 1974.
Devereux, Joseph. Roll of honour land forces World War 2 : vol. 1: cavalry, yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Tank Regt., Brigade of Guards. Cheltenham : Promenade Publications, 1999. (Roll of honour land forces World War 2 ; v. 1) ISBN: 0952938227
Dawson, Malcolm. Uniforms of the Royal Armoured Corps. London : Almark Pub., 1974. ISBN: 0855241683 ; 0855241691 (pbk.)