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The 22nd Armoured Brigade, a British Army brigade, was formed as the 22nd Heavy Armoured Brigade on the 3 September 1939 with three Yeomanry (Territorial Army) mechanised cavalry regiments (2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) and the 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).


This formation fought in the Western Desert Campaign under command at various times of the 7th, 1st and 10th Armoured Divisions (remaining with 7th Armoured Division from El Alamein onwards), the Italian Campaign through to the campaign in North West Europe. It was involved in Operation Crusader, the Siege of Tobruk, Battle of Gazala, Battle of Alam el Halfamarker, Battle of El Alameinmarker, the Tunisia Campaign, and the Capture of Naplesmarker.

From 1947 onward for a time it was part of the newly re-incorporated Territorial Army's 56th Armoured Division. At that time it comprised the City of London Yeomanry, the Westminster Dragoons, the 3rd County of London Yeomanry , and 42nd Royal Tank Regiment.

In the 1980s it again became part of 1st Armoured Division and the British Army of the Rhine.

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