The 1940s - RDG Museum

RDG Museum

The 1940s - RDG Museum


Following the First World War, there remained a considerable debate among military personnel and commentators about the shape, and future, of the cavalry. The arguments for both sides raged back and forth, but in the end, the horse was determined to have had its time. August 15th, 1938, brought to a close some 247 years of mounted operations for the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards. Meanwhile, the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards had already held their final, sorrowful Mounted Parade in March of that year. Both Regiments now took to the task of mechanisation, receiving their first Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs), the Mark VI Light Tank, that year.

As the war continued, British armoured capabilities continued evolving. The Mark VI and its contemporaries gave way to tanks such as the Covenanter (used only for training), Crusader, Valentine, Churchill, and Cromwell. However, the iconic AFV of the British Army was, in many ways, the American M4 medium tank, invariably known by its British name, the [General] Sherman. The 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards landed in Normandy on June 6th, 1944, with a variant of this well-known design: the complex and highly secret DD (Duplex Drive) tank, able to swim ashore from landing craft.

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