Description: Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) – collar pair) – anodised.
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Condition: Very Good
Comments: Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) – collar pair) – anodised.
The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) was created as a loose association of armoured regiments, both the Royal Tank Regiment and those converted from old horse cavalry regiments. It comprises ten regular regiments and four Yeomanry regiments of the Territorial Army. It provides the armour capability of the British Army, with vehicles such as the Challenger 2 Tank and the Scimitar Reconnaissance Vehicle.
The RAC was created on 4 April 1939, just before World War II started, by combining the cavalry wing (cavalry units that had mechanised) with the Royal Tank Corps (which was thereupon renamed the Royal Tank Regiment within the new corps). As the war went on and other regular cavalry and Territorial Army Yeomanry units became mechanised, they too joined this corps. A significant number of infantry battalions were also converted to the armoured role as RAC regiments. In addition, the RAC created its own training and support regiments. Finally, in 1944, the RAC absorbed the regiments of the Reconnaissance Corps.