CHALLENGERS AND CHARGERS: A HISTORY OF THE LIFE GUARDS 1945-92.

Loyd, William.


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Barnsley, 1st ed., 1992. 168 pp., 60 photo-plates + a map. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Some light impressions to rear cover o/w V.G.+. From their formation in 1660 The Life Guards, together with the Royal Horse Guards, provided mounted escorts for the Monarch, taking out time for major conflicts such as Waterloo, the South African campaign and the First World War. Both the regiments of Household Cavalry were mechanized by 1941 but after the war they resumed their ceremonial role as well as retaining the newly acquired skills as two armoured reconnaissance regiments. This is a history of the several thousand men who passed through the ranks of the Regiment between the end of the Second World war up until the union, under the Options for Change policy, with The Blues and Royals in October, 1992. The Life Guards, the last to leave Palestine in 1948 and Egypt in 1955, were the first to wear the United Nations' blue beret in Cyprus in 1964 and were among the first, equipped now with Challenger tanks, to enter Iraq in action in 1991. The author has enlivened his text with many contemporaneous anecdotes which add a human element to the framework of the history.


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