World War 2

3CLY tank crew in their bivouac by a Crusader Tank, Western Desert 1941

3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)

4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)


Both Regiments were sent to the Middle East in late 1941 and first saw action at El Gubi where they suffered heavily from Italian artillery. 

After this baptism of fire,  22nd Armoured Brigade formed part of 7th Armoured Division (Desert Rats) for the remainder of the campaign.  The two regiments took part in the Sidi Rezegh battles, in the pursuit of Rommel to El Agheila.  

After returning to Cairo for reinforcement and re-equipment with Grant tanks, they were back on the Gazala Line in April 1942.   They were closely involved in the bitter fighting of May-June 1942 around the Cauldron and the Knightsbridge Box which culminated in the long hard retreat to the El Alamein line.