Bofors 40mm L40/70 anti-aircraft gun

Bofors 40mm L40/70

More complex and more effective than the 40/60 which saw distinguished service in WW2, the 40/70 served the Regiment well in many parts of the world from 1957 until 1978 and the introduction of the Rapier missile system.

Tigercat short-range anti-aircraft missile

Tigercat Short Range Anti Aircraft Missile

The Shorts Tigercat is the land use Variant of the popular and widely used Shorts Seacat anti aircraft missile, developed and manufactured by Short Brothers, Harland and Marconi. It saw service between 1961 and 1980.

Members of 2742 Squadron pose next to a destroyed German tank in the Ardennes

The Battle of the Ardennes

Detachments of the RAF Regiment were involved in their first defensive battle in Western Europe during the Battle of the Ardennes. Those units present at the time were employed to protect RADAR stations – one of the chief commitments of 85 Group.

Rolls Royce Armoured Car as seen in the Heritage Centre

Tin Can Trams

From 1922 until they were formally absorbed into the RAF Regiment in 1946, the Armoured Car Companies of the RAF provided an unbroken period of distinguished service throughout the Middle East. This service ranged from the fertile valleys of Iraq to the history rich settlements of Palestine, from the West Bank of Jordan to the barren hills of Dhala in Aden.

Brandenburg Special Forces on the Greek island of Kos

German Special Forces – Brandenburgers

Brandenburgers were the brainchild of Theodore Hippel, a German Commander who had served in the First World War and who had been converted to the concept of small daring units on hit and run raids.

Gunners wave as a Spitfire performs a low flyby

The Regiment in Burma

In November 1942, a Regimental Centre was established at Secunderabad, where the first Field Squadrons and AA Flights for Service in Burma were formed. The training of these units was carried out initially by Army NCOs, and the assault course at Secunderabad gained the reputation for being the most exacting in the Far East.

Map of German landing sites

Defence of Kos – Regiment Diary

The lads are in good heart and full of fight. Motivation is not a problem with these sterling blokes, they are a credit to themselves and the Service. However, even they are now coming to terms with the prospect of defeat here. The Germans have been quiet for the last few days but have returned with a vengeance today.

A Hawker Hurricane attacks a bridge in Burma

Imphal

At the end of March 1944, No 2944 Field Squadron of the RAF Regiment was stationed near Maungdaw on the Arakan Front giving protection to AMES (Air Ministry Experimental Stations), these were mobile short range Radar Units giving early warning of approaching enemy aircraft to forward ground forces, they were normally positioned between forward Infantry and heavy Artillery.

Otter light reconnaissance cars enter Salonika, Greece

Greece and Yugoslavia

After the early capture of Sicily and the landings in Italy, allied Forces put further pressure on German resources with the Invasion of Greece and operations in Yugoslavia with the partisans of Tito. A mixed force from the Levant and Italy, Bucket Force, landed on the Peloponnese, with the intention of seizing the airhead at Araxos.

Map of Sicily for Operation Husky

Sicily and Italy – The Hard Slog

Operation Husky: With the North African shore cleared, the whole of the Southern Europe landscape was open to the Allies for invasion. The decision was taken to take one of the Axis powers out of the coalition facing us – Italy.┬áThe traditional route of invasion through Sicily was chosen partly because of the airfields it would yield to support the main effort on mainland Italy later.