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1st Royal Tank Regiment
Active 28 July 1917- 1993
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Armoured
Part of Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Tank Regiment
Garrison/HQ Tidworth
Motto(s) Fear Naught
March Quick: My Boy Willie
Slow: The Royal Tank Regiment Slow March
Anniversaries Cambrai, 20 November
Battle honours see Battle Honours
Colonel-in-Chief HM The Queen
Colonel-Commandant Lt-General Andrew Peter Ridgway, CB, CBE
Hugh Elles
Tartan Hunting Rose (pipes and drums)[dead link]

The 4th Royal Tank Regiment (4 RTR) was an armoured regiment of the British Army until 1993. It was part of the Royal Tank Regiment, itself part of the Royal Armoured Corps. It originally saw action as D Battalion, Tank Corps in 1917.

Matilda tank in France, January 1940

In 1940, it briefly amalgamated with the 7th Royal Tank Regiment, as the 4th/7th Royal Tank Regiment, returning to its previous title four months later.

4 RTR was captured at Tobruk on 21 June 1942. On 1 March 1945, 144th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps was redesignated 4th Royal Tank Regiment to replace the original[1][2] The newly-retitled regiment equipped with Buffalo LVTs took part in Operation Plunder, ferrying troops of 51st Highland Division across the Rhine on the night of 23/24 March 1945. The Commanding Officer (Lt-Col Alan Jolly) planted the World War I standard of the original D Battalion on the far bank.[3]

In 1946, 4 RTR was stationed at Shandur, Suez Canal Zone. It assisted in the ending of the British Mandate over Palestine.

In 1959, it again amalgamated with 7th Royal Tank Regiment, this time without change of title, and in 1993 due to Options for Change, amalgamated with 1st Royal Tank Regiment.

Fighting or 'A' vehicles of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment carried a distinctive "Chinese" eye on each side, a tradition continued by the 1st Royal Tank Regiment upon amalgamation. Tanks were generally named, with all names beginning with the letter "D". Examples of names include Destroyer, Dakeyne, etc.

The 4th Royal Tank Regiment has strong Scottish connections and in the late 1970s, a pipes and drums was formed, wearing the Hunting Rose tartan. The Pipes & Drums were transferred to the 1st Royal Tank Regiment upon amalgamation in 1993. The Regiment lives on, in commemorative form, as D Squadron, 1st Royal Tank Regiment.



  1. 4th Royal Tank Regiment: Service
  2. British Light Infantry Regiments & National Service
  3. Tim Saunders, "Operation Plunder: The British and Canadian Rhine Crossing", Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2006, ISBN 1-84415-221-9 p. 68.

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