History, 3rd The King's Own Hussars
The regiment played a major role during the Napoleonic wars and earned the reputation as 'the finest Cavalry in the sub continent' when they moved to India in 1837. They served with distinction during the Boer war in South Africa, and they fought in the bloody trenches in France and Flanders during the great war between 1914-1918. In 1936 the 3rd Hussars was the first cavalry regiment to be equipped with tanks. They served in the original 'Dessert Rats' in North Africa and spear headed the attack on the German Africa Korps at El Alamein in 1942. The Regiment played a key role in breaking the German line and after 4 days of continuous fighting only 4 of the original 51 tanks of the Regiment remained. The Regiment left North Africa in 1943 and fought through Italy in the advanced guard of the allied forces.
After the war, the 3rd Hussars served in Palestine and Germany until amalgamation with the 7th Hussars in 1958.
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