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The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) was created in April 1939, by combining the Horse mounted Cavalry units that had mechanised, and the Royal Tank Corps (which was renamed the Royal Tank Regiment). The Reconnaissance Corps was absorbed into the RAC in 1944.

Today's regiments are steeped in the history of either the original cavalry regiments or the Royal Tank Corps. The lineage of these regiments, whether Household Cavalry, Dragoon Guards, Lancers, Hussars or Royal Tank Regiment, provides a rich and fascinating history.

The ethos of the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) has been shaped by their history, their evolving role on the battlefield and their key role in today's Army.

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