WHO WE ARE

The Queen's Royal Hussars

The Queen’s Royal Hussars is the most senior armoured regiment in the British Army, with a distinguished service history and close ties to the Duke of Edinburgh. It uses the Challenger 2 main battle tank to strike fear into the hearts of the enemy.

FACTS & FIGURES

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ACTIVE FROM

1 September 1993

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ROLE

Armour

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SPECIALISM

Challenger 2

our skills

Queen’s Royal Hussars are experts in operating armoured vehicles. Riding proudly across the battlefield in the Challenger 2 main battle tank, their primary role is to destroy enemy armour with the sudden and overwhelming use of violent force.

  • Close combat
  • Shock action
  • Aggressive mobile action 
  • Destruction of enemy armour
  • Surveillance
  • Target acquisition
  • Reconnaissance
  • Conducting patrols

Very High Readiness Task Force

The Queen’s Royal Hussars is training for its role in NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.

Past deployment: 

  • Operation Herrick (Afghanistan)
  • Operation Telic (Iraq)

Our People

Soldiers in the Queen’s Royal Hussars boast an impressive knowledge of armoured vehicles, from the Challenger 2 tank to the Warthog all-terrain vehicle. The demanding nature of their work means they need to be fit, enthusiastic and highly motivated.

Athlone Barracks

Athlone Barracks

The Queen’s Royal Hussars is based in Germany, in the village of Sennelager.

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Our Role

As an armoured regiment, it uses shock action to overwhelm and destroy the enemy, usually with the help of the Challenger 2 main battle tank.

As well as the obvious physical advantage that tanks provide, the sight of Queen’s Royal Hussars soldiers dominating the enemy with their armoured vehicles gives fellow British Army soldiers an important psychological boost on the battlefield.

That said, the regiment isn’t just about brute force; it also carries out reconnaissance operations, using Scimitar armoured vehicles to seek out enemy units for destruction.

Past to Present

The Queen’s Royal Hussars in its current form was established in 1993, when the Queen’s Own Hussars and the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars were brought together into a single unit. They’ve played a crucial role in almost every conflict since.

  1. 1685

    The predecessor regiments of the Queen’s Royal Hussars are formed

  2. 1895

    Winston Churchill joins the 4th Hussars

  3. 1993

    The regiment is formed and stationed on Fallingbostel, Germany

  4. 1996

    The regiment is the first to deploy Challenger tanks into Bosnia

  5. 2003-08

    The regiment is deployed to Iraq on Operation Telic

  6. 2011

    The Queen’s Royal Hussars takes part in Operation Herrick in Afghanistan

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