Yeomanry began as volunteer cavalry at the time of the
French Revolution, enrolled to defend their locality - County,
City, Coast - from foreign invasion. They started to serve
overseas at the time of the Boer War and after the First
World War branched out, mostly into artillery and tanks.
The Staffordshire Yeomanry retained its horses until 1941
when it converted to tanks and served in North Africa, including
El Alamein. It was probably the only conventional tank regiment
(i.e. not DD or Flail) to land on D-Day, in the Sword area.
Museum photo No 4461/E/4
At this time it formed part of 27th Armoured Brigade, supporting
3rd Infantry Division with 13th/18th Hussars and the East
Riding Yeomanry. Like any Sherman regiment at the time it
had a quota of Fireflies organised as one in each troop.
Museum photo No 2994/E/4
General Montgomery's plan was to seize the city of Caen
on D-Day itself but this proved impossible. The Staffordshire
Yeomanry was at the point of this attack but ran into heavy
enemy forces heading towards the coast.
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In the ensuing fighting, mostly against Panzer IV tanks
of Panzer Regiment 22, the Staffordshire Yeomanry halted
the German attack.
(these photographs do not necessarily show tanks of the
The Museum of the Staffordshire Yeomanry,
The Ancient High House,
Stafford ST16 2HS