The North Irish Horse and Steeds of Steel

                                     

My site is dedicated to the memory of the two hundred and twenty-one men of the Regiment who gave their lives in World Wars I and II.
Should be the anniversary date of death, so that their sacrifice should not be forgotten, today We Remember Them.

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     Personal Narrative
     Documents Index
     Articles Index
     Rover Scout Crews
     Photo Galleries Index
     Resources Listing
     North Africa Maps
     Personal Awards
     Modelling Churchills
     Acknowledgements
     Useful Links

Regimental Records

     World War I Casualties
     World War I Awards
     World War II Casualties
     World War II Awards
     Battle Honours

Churchills I Crewed

    

In the United Kingdom
Mark I
Bangor No.1

In the UK, Africa & Italy
Mark III
Bangor No.3
Mark IV
Ballyrashane Nos.4 & 5
Mark V
Ballyrashane No.6

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Introduction

Thanks for stopping by. It is my sincere hope that you will find much of interest.

The site is not designed to be a history of the Regiment, rather it is to honour the memories of the many fine men of the North Irish Horse with whom it was my privilege to serve. Additionally, it is an endeavour to illustrate the extraordinary bond that existed between tank crew members. This bond, blurring the lines of distinction between ranks, was forged between men of the British Army who fought and sometimes died in Armoured Fighting Vehicles. Also, not to be forgotten are the men whose task it was to keep the tanks and their crews in good shape - they too did not remain unscathed.

There are several aspects unique to the NIH in World War Two, among them:
♦ Six Churchill equipped Tank Brigades were deployed during World War
   Two - the 21st, 25th, 34th and 6th Guards. The North Irish Horse, which
   served under command of the first two, has the distinction of being
   deployed for nearly five months longer than any other unit.
♦ During the battle for Hunt's Gap in Tunisia, one of its Churchills was the
   first tank ever to knock out a German PzKfw VI - Tiger.
♦ During the assault on the Hitler Line in Italy its tanks were the first of the    Western Allies to knock out PzKfw V - Panthers - two of them.
♦ The British Army had many Rover Scout Crews registered with Imperial    Headquarters, the Regiment's Mustang Rover Crew being the only one
   in a front line unit.

Personal Narrative. It is woven, during the years I was in uniform, around my wearing cap badges of five different units in one of which not a day was served. For ease of reading the format is made up of individual pages.

The Documents. Of the many listed perhaps the most interesting is entitled "German Most Secret Intercepts", as it relates to Churchills of 'C' Squadron.

Modelling Churchills. At the suggestion of members of the Chicago Chapter of the Armor Modelling and Preservation Society I met during the 2008 Convention held in Auburn, Indiana, details of the insignia worn by Churchills of the Royal Armoured Corps and Royal Engineers, and other material of interest to modellers, is available in this segment of the Directory.

When known, the source of photographs used on the site and whether copyrighted is so noted. Although permission has been given to me to reproduce them, they are not to be copied and/or reproduced without the express permission of the owners thereof.

Finally, my sincere thanks to personnel who served with the NIH or in other Units and to folks world-wide, all of whom have given their help in so many ways. Without their encouragement this site would be shadow of what it is!

Arthur Gerald (Gerry) Chester - 7947216
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Footnote
Nigel Montgomery, whose father served with the North Irish Horse in World War Two, is presently rebuilding not one but three Churchills. Here's the link to his must-see Website.

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