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The regimens`duties in times of peace
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The regimens`duties in times of peace

At the end of the Second World War, 1 and 2HCR reformed into The Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues). Both regiments and The Royals were to stay on in Germany as part of the army of occupation. In 1947, many of the wartime soldiers left to be replaced by the first national servicemen.

The Life Guards served in Egypt and Palestine between 1946 and 1948, being bombed by the Egyptian air force as they left the latter country. The Blues spent three years in Cyprus, where a Greek-backed resistance movement, EOKA, threatened British rule. Several of their number were killed.

The regimens`duties in times of peace

A Challenger 1 tank of The Life Guards in 1991 during Operation Granby (American name: Operation Desert Storm).

In 1958 and 1959 The Life Guards and The Royals saw action in Aden. The Royals then went to Malaya towards the end of the communist insurgency there. In the mid-1960s squadrons from Windsor deployed to Hong Kong, Singapore, Borneo and again to Cyprus.

The greatest change came at the end of the 1960s. With the withdrawal from the empire largely complete, a defence review recommended a reduction in, among others, tank and armoured car regiments. In 1969, The Blues and The Royals amalgamated to form The Blues and Royals. They became a tank regiment based in Germany, their task to defend central Europe from the threat of a Warsaw Pact invasion. From 1969 to 1992, The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals alternated every four years between serving on tanks in Germany and on armoured cars, based at Windsor.

The regimens`duties in times of peace

RHG Saladin and dismounted troops, Malaya, in the 1950s.
The Life Guards training for operations in 1970s Northern Ireland.

Windsor offered a more satisfactory role than Germany providing the chance of more varied and interesting operational deployments beyond the confines of the north German plain. The Windsor regiment received new vehicles in the 1970s, principal among them the Scorpion and Scimitar, which really proved themselves during the Falklands War in 1982 over the rough and boggy terrain of those islands.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the Windsor regiment regularly provided an armoured car squadron to the UN Force in Cyprus, which patrolled the 'no-go' area between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish forces. A second operation undertaken by both regiments was supporting the police in Northern Ireland during the 'troubles'. In 1976, The Blues and Royals lost four soldiers killed during a tour of West Belfast.

In 1991, as part of Operation Desert Storm to remove Saddam Hussein's army from Kuwait, 'A' Squadron, The Life Guards took their tanks to war, the only time that the main battle tanks on which both regiments had served alternately since 1969 were ever deployed in action.

The regimens`duties in times of peace

The Blues and Royals enter Port Stanley, Falklands War, 1982.

In 1992, The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals ceased to exist as separate regiments with the creation of The Household Cavalry Regiment.

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