We often talk about regiments; what do we mean? This
is a typical armoured regiment around the time of
D-Day. A regiment equipped with Cromwell tanks.
the top of the tree we have Regimental Headquarters,
which has four Cromwell tanks for the commanding officer
and other senior staff. Some of these tanks were equipped
as command tanks with extra radios and dummy guns.
Headquarters also has eight Crusader anti-aircraft
Tank Museum photo No 1843/B/3
Crusader anti-aircraft tank.
Tank Museum photo No 4774/F/5 Cromwell & Stuart
Tank Museum photo No 0455/C/4 Humber Scout Car
Next in line we have Headquarters Squadron. This
contains all the administrative troops and the Reconnaissance
Troop, which operates ten Stuart light tanks and twelve
Tank Museum photo No 5493/E/3 Cromwell 95mm Close Support
Tank Museum photo No 2996/A/1 Sherman Firefly
The fighting element of the regiment is divided up
into three Squadrons, A, B and C, all of which are
identical. First there is Squadron Headquarters which
has two regular 75mm gun Cromwells and two Close Support
Cromwells equipped with 95mm howitzers. The rest of
the Squadron is divided up into four troops; each
troop has three 75mm Cromwells and one 17 pounder
gun tank. In Cromwell regiments this should have been
the A30 Challenger but until this was available the
place was filled by a Sherman Firefly.