Royal Tank Regiment
With a history that dates back to the First World War 5th
RTR has a remarkable record in two world wars.
Museum photo No. 1524/A/4
As E Battalion, Tank Corps it served on the Western Front
and had a detachment in Palestine, where this photo was
taken. It was thus the first tank regiment ever to operate
tanks in a desert environment.
Tank Museum photo No. 6206/D/3
In the years between the wars, equipped with Medium Tanks,
5th Battalion Royal Tank Corps was a major player in the
important tank exercises of that era. For most of this period
it was based at Tidworth, on Salisbury Plain where many
of these mock tank battles took place.
Museum photo No. 1802/B/3
In World War 2 it had an equally varied time. As part of
1st Armoured Division 5th Royal Tank Regiment went to France
in 1940 and subsequently to North Africa. It served right
through that campaign and then went to Italy, now in 22nd
Armoured Brigade of 7th Armoured Division. The Fifth came
back to Britain with the division in January 1944 and now
equipped with Cromwell tanks landed in Normandy on 7th June
- D plus one.
Fifth RTR was disbanded in 1970. Its regimental museum
is the Tank Museum.