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History

On 1 September 1993 The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars and The Queen's Own Hussars amalgamated to form today's Regiment; The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish).

The QRH was formed on the 1st September 1993, with the amalgamation of The Queen’s Own Hussars and the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars. The Regiment has been particularly active since amalgamation.

It was the first Regiment to deploy Challenger 1 tanks into Bosnia with the NATO Stabilisation Force in 1996 and soon after it deployed to Northern Ireland in the dismounted role.

An independent tank squadron deployed to Kosovo in 2001 with Challenger 2 tanks, before the Regiment deployed as a whole later that year in the dismounted role.

In 2003 the Regiment deployed to Iraq on Operation TELIC, returning again on Operation TELIC 3, and again in 2006 on Operation TELIC 8. In 2008 the Regiment deployed for the last time to Iraq on Operation TELIC 13.

Whilst the majority of the Regiment were in Iraq, a large Troop was deployed to Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 9, working with the Royal Marines as part of the Armoured Support Group in Viking armoured personnel carriers.

Between September 2011 and May 2012 The Queen’s Royal Hussars deployed as a Battle Group to Afghanistan, on Operation HERRICK 15. It was the first time an Armoured Regiment had been given a ground-holding Battle Group, a role normally taken on by an Infantry Battle Group.

The Regiment also provided the Warthog Squadron which was a much used Brigade asset, spending more time than any other unit in theatre on patrol far out into the desert. In order to form a ground-holding Battle Group a Squadron from The Queen’s Royal Hussars spent almost a year conducting infantry skills training.

The Regiment had an extremely successful tour, forming Combined Force Lashkar Gah, responsible for the southern region of the British Army’s area of operations in Helmand Province.

The future force make up of the British army, through Army 2020, brings very positive news for the Regiment, which will move back to the UK as the changes are implemented.

The Queen's Royal Hussars will remain as one of only three Armoured Regiments in the British army, operating on Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks. It will be part of the new 'Reactive Force' and is likely to be deployed to any major theatre of conflict requiring heavy armour.

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