Front-left view of the Alvis FV603 Saracen APC

Alvis FV603 Saracen

The Alvis FV603 Saracen is a six-wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) used by the British Army and RAF Regiment mainly between 1952 and 1976, although some units retained them until the early 1980s.

Front-right view of a FV101 Scorpion

FV101 Scorpion

The FV101 Scorpion was the lead vehicle and the fire support type in the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked), CVR(T), family of seven armoured vehicles. Manufactured by Alvis, it was introduced into service with the British Army in 1973 and served until 1994.

Front-right view of the Oerlikon 35mm anti-air gun

Oerlikon 35mm Anti-Aircraft Gun

2729 (City of Lincoln) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment was a Short Range Air Defence Squadron manned by Auxiliary Regiment personnel. It was equipped with the Swiss manufactured Skyguard radars and Oerlikon guns which were captured from the Argentine Forces during the Falklands Campaign of 1982.

Front-left view of a FV105 Sultan

FV105 Sultan

When the CVR(T) series of aluminum light armoured vehicles was designed, a full range of variants was considered including the FV105 Sultan command vehicle.

Front-left view of a FV106 Samson

FV106 Samson

When the CVR(T) series of aluminum light armoured vehicles was designed, a full range of variants was considered including the FV106 Samson Armoured Recovery Vehicle.

Tigercat short-range anti-aircraft missile system outside the Heritage Centre

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.

Bofors 40mm L40/70 anti-aircraft gun in a sandbagged diorama

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.

Map showing the positioning of forces during the Battle of Habbaniyah

The Battle for Habbaniyah

After the coup and the escape of the Regent, British reinforcements from India were dispatched to Basrah where they disembarked and retook Shaibah airfield. Rasid Ali retaliated by forbidding any further movement of British troops to reinforce Habbaniyah.  A weak battalion of British Infantry was flown from Basrah to Habbaniyah.
Ali then raised the stakes by ordering a full Iraqi Brigade to occupy and subdue the RAF base.

Map showing the location of the Suez Canal

Egypt and Suez

In Egypt tensions grew over the British failure to produce an acceptable Anglo-Egyptian Treaty to replace the pre-war one, which had expired and required renegotiation. Anti-British demonstrations took place in Cairo and the threat to British installations in the Canal Zone jeopardised the effectiveness of the main British base in the Middle East.

Map of Palestine

Palestine 1946-49 End Game

Even as the war in Europe ended, the pre-war violence between Arab and Jew returned. The wartime ceasefire was broken early and 1946 saw new active terrorism by Jewish activists against the British.