Strength of a UK Cruiser Armoured Regiment on the Eve of CRUSADER

This information is from the war diary of 3 County of London Yeomanry, one of the three regiments in 22 Armoured Brigade. The strength shown is that of 26 October, three weeks before the operation started, and is at or close to full complement.

Manpower:

39 Officers, 584 other ranks

A Echelon (fighting) vehicles – 62

52 Cruiser Mk.VI and Mk.VIa (A15 Crusader) tanks

10 scout cars (Daimler)

B Echelon (services) vehicles – 109

68 3-ton lorries

20 15 cwt-trucks

8 utilities (presumably normal passenger cars?)

4 15-cwt water tankers

2 8-cwt trucks

1 15-cwt office truck

1 w/t van (wireless transmission, i.e. radio)

2 3-tonner fitters lorries (trucks carrying tools for mechanics)

1 solo motorcycle

2 motorcycles with sidecars

The scout cars were used for communications service during wireless silence periods and sometimes for patrols. My guess is they took the part that in Europe a dispatch rider on a motorcycle would have taken (motorcycles not being very mobile in the desert).

3 thoughts on “Strength of a UK Cruiser Armoured Regiment on the Eve of CRUSADER

  1. Yeah. I don’t know a lot about them really, other than what I managed to incidentally pick up while reading Spike Milligan’s memoirs 😀

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