THE CAVALRY (2)
No. 13. 14th/20th King's Hussars
Regimental Sergeant Major: No. 1 Dress
Captain: Barrack Dress
Background: Regimental Tank Park, Germany
From a watercolour painting by Christopher A. Collins.
Postcard No. 13 14th/20th KING'S HUSSARS
The 14th/20th King's Hussars was formed in 1922 by the amalgamation of
two old light cavalry regiments. The 14th Dragoons, which was initially
raised in 1697, had an unbroken existence since 1715. They found fame in
the Peninsula War where they earned the nickname 'The Emperor's
Chambermaids' by capturing King Joseph Buenaparte's baggage train which
included a large silver chamber pot. The 20th Light Dragoons were
originally formed in 1759. In 1920 they executed the last regimental
charge of the British cavalry at Gebze against the Turks. In 1991 the
14th/20th King's Hussars fought in the gulf War as the only armoured
regiment in the 4th Armoured Brigade.
The Captain's braid eagle headdress badge is woven directly into the
material before the side cap is made. The special jersey, which all ranks
wear, is mottled green. He carries a whip with silver fitting bearing the
eagle and his initials.
In the background are shown a Chieftain tank in the urban camouflage
unique to Berlin, a Scorpion reconnaissance vehicle in standard European
camouflage, and a Challenger tank in "desert pink".
Copyright © 1991 Published by Geoff White Ltd.
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