3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

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For the predecessor unit, see III Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery.
3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
Active 1938 to Present
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Role Field artillery
Size 5 Batteries
Part of 1st Artillery Brigade
Garrison/HQ Hohne, Germany
Nickname(s) The Liverpool & Manchester Gunners
Equipment L118 light gun

3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery is a regiment of the Royal Horse Artillery in the British Army. They are currently based in Caen Barracks, Bergen-Hohne, Germany, but from July 2015 will be transferring to Albemarle Barracks, Northumberland, England.


The component batteries within 3RHA have existed from the Napoleonic Wars. However, the Regiment was only formed in 1938 from 3rd Brigade Royal Horse Artillery. The regiment consisted of D, J, M and P Batteries.[1]

World War II[edit]

The Regiment supported the 7th Armoured Division (also known as the "Desert Rats") during the Western Desert Campaign. During the final attempt to lift the Siege of Tobruk, in Operation Crusader, at Sidi Rezegh Second Lieutenant George Ward Gunn earned the Victoria Cross for his bravery during an attack by 60 German Tanks. 3 RHA commemorate this by wearing a red backing to the cypher.

The Regiment supported 7th Armoured Division during the fighting in Italy. It continued to support 7th Armoured Division, as a follow up formation, following the Normandy Landings

In 1945, the Regiment led the Allied Victory parade in Berlin, and fired the Victory Salute.

Cold War[edit]

After World War II the Regiment served in UK, West Germany, Aden, Egypt, Kenya, Hong Kong and Cyprus.[2]

  • 1958 – C Battery joined the Regiment, and M Battery was placed in Suspended Animation.
  • 1975 – M Battery was revived.
  • 1976 – The Regiment completed another tour of Northern Ireland, as part of Operation Banner
  • 1978 – The Regiment was placed in suspended animation. The Batteries became independent anti-tank Batteries.
  • 1984 – The Regiment was reformed in Paderborn, Germany. M Battery was once again placed in Suspended Animation.

Balkan wars[edit]

The Regiment has served in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.[2] In 1993 N Battery (The Eagle Troop) joined the Regiment, and M Battery was amalgamated with Headquarters Battery to form M Headquarters Battery.

M(HQ) Bty, Radar Troop was deployed to Bosnia in 1994 and again in 1995 and 1996 on operational duties in Sarajevo and then Sanski Most during the balkan conflict.

The future[edit]

Under Army 2020, it will provide force support to the Adaptable Force. In 2013 it re-rolled from AS-90s to L118 light guns. The 105th Regiment Royal Artillery will be paired with this regiment.[3]


The batteries are as follows:[4]


D Battery, 3 Royal Horse Artillery firing an AS-90 on exercise in the Czech Republic.

The regiment was equipped with the AS-90 self-propelled gun but re-roled to light guns in 2013.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clarke 1993, p. 131
  2. ^ a b "3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery". British Army Units 1945 on. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Army 2010[dead link]
  4. ^ "3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery". Retrieved 10 May 2014. 


  • Clarke, W.G. (1993). Horse Gunners: The Royal Horse Artillery, 200 Years of Panache and Professionalism. Woolwich: The Royal Artillery Institution. ISBN 09520762-0-9. 

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