Saturday, March 19, 2005

The 8th Hussars in Egypt in September 1939

The 8th Hussars were stationed in Egypt at the outbreak of the war in September 1939. They were in the process of mechanization, but they were only partially equipped. They initially had 11 Lt.Mk.III's and 7 Lt.Mk.VIB's, which were given them by the 7th Hussars and 6/RTR, when then got better equipment. I can imagine that their plight was not unusual, at this stage, when production was only just starting to ramp up. They had only been converted to a cavalry light tank regiment at the beginning of 1939, but it could not be implemented until equipment became available.

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