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.

Contemporary Regiment Gunner in front of WW2-era Typhoons

NI: Non-roulement Tasks

The Squadrons that manned the roulement tasking at Aldergrove and Bishops Court through the long years of the 70’s and 80’s, often had to cope with further taskings directed their way by hard pressed Army Commanders.

Contemporary Regiment Gunner in front of WW2-era Typhoons

Northern Ireland – The Long War

At 08:00hrs on 27 April 1969, 16 Field Squadron’s B Flight Grouping, commanded by Flying Officer JC Murphy entered the city limits of Londonderry, initiating the longest deployment in the Corps history.

Map of Cyprus

Cyprus

After the departure of British Forces from Egypt, Cyprus became the main British base in the Eastern Mediterranean with a Regiment Squadron setting a record for the longest single deployment.

Ferret MKII Scout Car

Ferret Mark II Scout Car

The Ferret Mark II Scout Car entered service in 1955 with No. 10 (Armoured Car) Squadron of the Aden Protectorate Levies who were the first unit to be so equipped.

25-pounder field gun

25-Pounder Field Gun

The 25-pounder field gun was a major British field gun during World War 2 that was introduced into service just before war broke out.