3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery is a regiment of the Royal Horse Artillery in the British Army. They are currently based in Caen Barracks,Hohne, Germany. They will soon return to the UK to be based in Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

Current Role

It currently serves in the armoured field artillery role, and is equipped with the AS-90 self-propelled gun.

Batteries

*C Battery
*D Battery
*J (Sidi Rezegh) Battery
*M (Headquarters) Battery
*N Battery (The Eagle Troop)

Unit Trades

Equipment

The regiment is equipped with the AS-90 self-propelled gun. The Forward Observation Officers use the Warrior OPV. The Command Posts are deployed in the AFV432.

History

The Batteries within 3RHA have existed from the Napoleonic Wars. However, the Regiment was only formed in 1938 from 3rd Brigade Royal Horse Artillery. The regiment consisted of D / J / M Batteries.

World War Two

* 1939 - The Regiment supported the 7th Armoured Division otherwise known as the "Desert Rats", during the Western Desert Campaign. During the final attempt to lift the Siege of Tobruk, in an operation known as Operation Crusader, 2Lt Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during an attack by 60 German Tanks. 3 RHA commemorate this by wearing a red backing to the cypher.
* 1943 - The Regiment continued to support 7th Armoured Division during the fighting in Italy.
* 1944 - The Regiment continued to support 7th Armoured Division, as a follow up formation, following the Normandy Landings
* 1945 - The Regiment led the Allied Victory parade in Berlin, and fired the Victory Salute.

Cold War

After WW2 the Regiment served in UK, West Germany, Aden, Egypt, Kenya, Hong Kong and Cyprus.
* 1958 - C Battery joined the Regiment, and M Battery was placed in Suspended Animation.
* 1975 - M Battery was revived.
* 1976 - The Regiment completed another tour of Northern Ireland, as part of Operation Banner
* 1978 - The Regiment was placed in suspended animation. The Batteries became independent anti-tank Batteries.
* 1984 - The Regiment was reformed in Paderborn, Germany. M Battery was once again placed in Suspended Animation.

Balkan Wars

The Regiment has served in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.
* 1993 - N Battery (The Eagle Troop) joined the Regiment, and M Battery was amalgamated with Headquarters Battery to form M Headquarters Battery.
* 1999 - The regiment deployed with UNPROFOR to Bosnia

ee also

*British Army
*Royal_Artillery
*Royal_Horse_Artillery

References


* [http://www.army.mod.uk/3rha/ 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery] , army.mod.uk

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