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2nd Royal Tank Regiment

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. 2nd Royal Tank Regiment .
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1945 Austria .
1945.12.20 Italy: Palmanova, re-equipped with Churchill 'Crocodile' tanks .
1946.09 Germany: Wyvern Barracks, Luneburg 4 Armoured Brigade
1948.04 England: Church Crookham: TA support = reduced to HQ and one sqn 56 Armoured Division
1951.05 England: Tidworth 20 Armoured Brigade
1952.02.15 Germany: Swinton Barracks, Munster, equipped with Centurion tanks 20 Armoured Brigade
. Apr 56: Joined 6 Armoured Division 6 Armoured Division
. Sept 57: Joined 6 Infantry Brigade Group 6 Infantry Brigade Group
1959.07 England: .
1959.09 Libya: Derna Camp, Homs, Cyrenica, equipped with Saladin, Saracen and Ferret armoured cars Armoured Car Regiment
. Oct 61: HQ, Ajax and Badger squadrons were based at Benghazi and Cyclops at Mednine Camp, Tripoli. .
1962.09 Northern Ireland: Lisanelly Barracks, Omagh: Cyclops at Aliwal Barracks, Tidworth 3 Division: Recce Role
. Oct - Dec 62: Cyclops in airportable role with Malkara missiles mounted on Humber Hornets .
1964.12 England: regiment concentrated at Cachy Barracks, Perham Down:  .
. Dec 64 - May 65: Cyprus, UNFICYP Force Reserve Sqn: Ajax only UN Tour
1965.11 Germany: Caen Barracks, Hohne: Centurion 7 Armoured Brigade
. 1967: Re-equipped with Chieftain .
1970.08 England: Bovington: Ajax at Warminster as Armd Demonstration Squadron RAC Centre Regiment
1972.09 Germany: Swinton Barracks, Munster: Chieftain 4 Guards Armoured Brigade
. 17 Sept 73 -17  Jan 74: 1 Sqn (Badger) served in Gosford Castle, Northern Ireland Armoured Car Squadron
. 17 Jan - 15 May 74: 1 Sqn (Ajax) served in Gosford Castle, Northern Ireland Armoured Car Squadron
. 6 May - 4 Sep 75: Regt less Badger in Armagh, Northern Ireland Infantry role
. Sep 76: Joined 5 Field Force 5 Field Force
. 1977: Regiment converted to the Armoured Reconnaissance role as a type B Regiment. Ajax and Badger becoming Medium Reconnaissance Squadrons equipped with Scorpions and Scimitars; Cyclops becoming a Close Reconnaissance Squadron equipped for Fox. Hunstman was disbanded on change of role .
. 30 Aug - 28 Dec 77: Regiment less Cyclops, returned to Northern Ireland on a 4 month emergency tour. Ajax was deployed to the Shantallow/Enclave of Londonderry in the infantry role; Badger and a Tac HQ were deployed to Magherafelt in South Londonderry in a rural role .
. 2 Mar - 3 Jul 78: Northern Ireland, Omagh: Troop only .
1979.05.26 Northern Ireland: Lisanelly Barracks, Omagh .
1980.11 Germany: Northampton Barracks, Wolfenbuttel: Recce Role, equipped with CVR(T) 4 Armoured Division
. 17 Feb - 3 May 83: Northern Ireland, Maze: Ajax .
1984.02 Germany: Wessex Barracks, Fallingbostel: converted to Challenger I, the first Challengers arriving in early 1985 7 Armoured Brigade
. 21 Feb - May 89: Northern Ireland, Maze: Huntsman .
1990.04 England: Bovington (2 Sqns)? & Catterick (2 Sqns) RAC Centres Regiment
1992.06 Germany: Lumsden Barracks, Fallingbostel 7 Armoured Brigade
. Sept 92: Amalgamated at Fallingbostel with 3rd Royal Tank Regiment without change of title, and squadron titles omitted .
. 1993: A, B, C, D Sqns redesignated as B, C, E, F (HQ), commemorating original Heavy Branch MGC Coys, and successors to 2nd RTR, 3rd RTR , 5th RTR and 6th RTR .
. Dec 93 - Jun 94: Cyprus UNFICYP
. Jan - Jul 97: Girdwood, Northern Ireland: .
. 1998: second regiment to convert to Challenger 2 tanks .
. Apr 98: Bosnia (C Sqn) OP Palatine
2001 England: Aliwal Barracks, Tidworth 1 Mechanised Brigade
. 2001: Kosovo: .
. Jan 01: Fourth sabre squadron raised and designated Falcon Squadron .
. Dec 01: Other squadrons redesignated: Badger (B), Cyclops (C), Egypt (E), Nero (HQ) .
. Feb - Mar 03: Persian Gulf 7 Armoured Brigade
. Mar - May 03: Iraq (Op Telic 1) 7 Armoured Brigade
. Jun - Oct 03: Iraq (Op Telic 2 - B Sqn only) 19 Mechanised Brigade
. Nov 06 - May 07: Iraq (Op Telic 9 - Egypt Sqn only) 19 Light Brigade
. Jun - Oct 07: Iraq (Op Telic 10 - 2 Sqns only) 1 Mechanised Brigade
. Apr - Oct 07: Afghanistan (Op Herrick 6 - Falcon Sqn) 12 Mechanised Brigade
. Apr - Oct 09: Afghanistan (Op Herrick 10 - Egypt Sqn) 19 Light Brigade
. Apr - Oct 13: Afghanistan (Op Herrick 18 - Armoured) 1 Mechanized Brigade
2014 2 RTR amalgamated with 1 RTR to form the RTR at Aliwal Barracks, Tidworth .
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