Unit History: Royal Lancers

Royal Lancers
The 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) (9/12 L) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army.
 
It was formed on 11 September 1960 in the garrison church at Tidworth from the amalgamation of the
 
   * 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers
   * 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s).
 
Shortly after, the regiment moved to Northern Ireland where both parent regiments had begun almost 250 years before.
 
The regiment has a long and illustrious list of battle honours including World War I and World War II. In more recent times, B Squadron were the first armoured reconnaissance squadron to deploy to Bosnia when the hostilities began. It seems only fitting then, that they were also the last armoured reconnaissance squadron to leave Bosnia in October of 2003.
 
In 2005 the regiment serves in the formation reconnaissance role with 1st UK Armoured Division. They are, however, currently the Reconnaissance regiment for 7th Armoured Brigade (The Desert Rats) for deployment on operations in Iraq until mid 2006.
 
The regiment uses the CVR(T) family of vehicles in its role, with each of its three fighting squadrons holding a number of each variant.

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