Battle Ready

Former Blues and Royals member Roger Field commanded a Scimitar at the Battle of Wireless Ridge during the Falklands conflict and writes of his experiences

I first came across combat vehicle reconnaissance tracked (CVR(T) armoured cars on a schoolboy visit to my future regiment, the Blues and Royals, part of the Household Cavalry. It was the summer of 1973 and the regiment liked to have a close look at those who wanted to join it.

The regiment was at Windsor and its role was recce (the eyes and ears of the army) a role it was well practised in. During World War Two in the 1944-45 race across Europe, the regiment was often tens of miles in front of the lead troops, sneaking around and reporting back on what the enemy was up to.

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