In Collaboration With Charles Griffin



The Interwar Years
Scorpion in Norway
After the First World War service of the 13th Hussars in Mesopatamia (modern day Iraq) and the 18th Husssars in France, the newly formed 13th/18th Hussars would spend most of the next two decades on the Tumultuous North West Frontier of India. The Lilywhites would remain a horsed regiment right up until 1938. When the threat of war with Germany would see the regiment recalled to England and provided with light tanks so that they could provide a reconnaissance function.
The Second World War
D-Day Landings 1944
1940 saw the regiment providing valuable rearguard actions as the British Expeditionary Force was cut off and evacuated from Dunkirk.

For 1944, the regiment was provided with heavier and specially adapted tanks. They would be equipped with the revolutionary DD (Duplex Drive) tanks which had been designed to allow the Sherman tanks to propel themselves straight out of the sea and onto the beaches of D-Day. They swam some 5,000 yard in heavy seas in one of the first waves on Sword Beach to provide crucial backup to the infantry landing in the invasion.

D-Day Landings 1944
The regiment would then play an important role in the vital battle of Caen which did so much to wear down the German strategic reserve of armour and which would ultimately allow the allied break out to take place. The unit would then propel itself across Northern Europe, through Belgium and finally ending up in Bremen, Northern Germany on VE day.

Post War
Ferret in Cyprus
After two years as part of the Army of Occupation in Germany, the unit was sent on an unusual task from 1948. Originally planned to be sent to the Palestine Mandate, the unit was redirected to Cyrenaica (Libya) as the British withdrew hastily from Palestine. The unit was sent on to Egypt and the Suez Canal zone before being sent on to Malaya to help deal with the newly instigated Communist insurgency there.
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Official Name
Queen Mary's Own
Nicknames
The Green Dragoons
The Evergreens
The Ragged Brigade
The Geraniums
The Lilywhites
Motto
Viret in Aeternum
It flourishes for ever

Pro rege, pro lege, pro patria conamur
We strive for our King, our law and our country

Depot
York
Recruiting Area
South Yorkshire
Regimental Marches
Balaklava (Quick)
13th and 18th Hussars Slow March (Slow)
Regimental Anniversary
Laji Day 5th March
Normandy Day 6th June
Balaklava Day 25th October
Colonels
1922 - 1992
Lieutenant Colonels
1922 - 1992
Soldiers
1922 - 1992
Uniforms
1922 - 1992
Equipment
Fox
Ferret
Scorpion
Sherman
Valentine (amphibious)
Vickers Mark IV
Drumhorses
1922 - 1992
Principal Campaigns and Battles
1939 - 1945 Second World War
Ypres Comine Canal
Dyle
Withdrawal to Escaut
Bretteville
Boruguebus Ridge
St Pierre La Vieille
Normandy Landing
Caen
Mont Pincon
Geilenkirchen
Roer
Rhineland
Goch
Waal Flats
Bremen
Battle Honours
Albehera, Vittoria, Orthes, Toulouse, Peninsula, Alma, Balaklava, Sevastopol, Defence of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902, Mons 1914, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Ypres 1915, 1916, Somme 1916, 1918, Cambrai 1917, 1918, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, France and Flanders 1914-18, Kut-Al-Amara 1917, Baghdad 1917, Sharqat 1917, Mesopotamia 1916-18, Ypres-Comines Canal, Normandy Landing, Caen, Mont Pincon, Geilenkirchen, Roer, Rhineland, Goch, North-West Europe 1940, 1944-45
Recruiting Area
Midlands
Predecessor Units
13th Dragoons
(1715 - 1778)
13th Light Dragoons
(1778 - 1861)
18th Light Dragoons
(1759 - 1858)
13th Hussars
(1861 - 1922)
18th Royal Hussars
(1864 - 1922)
Successor Units
The Light Dragoons
(1992 - )
Suggested Reading
History of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars,
1947-92

by Eric Hunt
Light Dragoons
by Allan Mallinson
History of the 13th/18th Hussars
by Miller, C. H.
Regimental Museum
Cannon Hall Museum
Cawthorne
Barnsley
Yorkshire




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by Stephen Luscombe