|3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery|
|Part of||7th Armoured Brigade|
Under Army 2020, it is likely to provide force support to the Adaptable Force and might lose its AS-90s in return for light guns. The 105th Regiment Royal Artillery will be paired with this regiment.
- BHQ at Albemarle Barracks
- M Battery - Headquarters Battery
- L (Néry) Battery - Tactical Group Battery
- J (Sidi Rezegh) Battery - Tactical Group Battery
- N Battery (The Eagle Troop) - Tactical Group Battery
- C Battery - 105mm converting to MSPG
- D Battery - 105mm converting to MSPG
- REME Light Aid Detachment
The component 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 and P Batteries.
World War II
The Regiment supported the 7th Armoured Division (also known as the "Desert Rats") during the Western Desert Campaign. During the final attempt to lift the Siege of Tobruk, in Operation Crusader, at Sidi Rezegh Second Lieutenant George Ward Gunn earned 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.
In 1945, the Regiment led the Allied Victory parade in Berlin, and fired the Victory Salute.
- 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.
The Regiment has served in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. In 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
M(HQ) Bty, Radar Troop was deployed to Bosnia in 1994 and again in 1995 and 1996 on operational duties in Sarajevo and then Sanski Most during the balkan conflict.
Notes and references
- Clarke, W.G. (1993). Horse Gunners: The Royal Horse Artillery, 200 Years of Panache and Professionalism. Woolwich: The Royal Artillery Institution. ISBN 09520762-0-9.
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