An Ode to the Royal Tank Regiment

 

The Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps

Little Willie

MK1 Female

MK 1

Whippet

RTC

Vickers Medium

A9

A10

A13

Crusader

Sherman

Grant

Saladin

RTR

Centurion

Chieftain

Challenger 1

Challenger 2

The Royal Tank Regiment

 

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From pioneers of armoured cars
And matelots, from the seas
The Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps
Formed in six companies

To take on the machine gun posts
Came men from every rank
To wipe the Hun from Flanders
In the new invented TANK

So born out of necessity
To change the face of war
To break the bloody stalemate
They re-named us the Tank Corps

The first time tanks were on the Somme
In FLERS and COURCELLETTE
The Germans were so frightened
That their pants began to wet

Came dawn November twentieth
In nineteen seventeen
Breaking through the German Line
Came Red and Brown and Green

Came 300 Mark Four Tanks
Hugh Elles in the Van
Forcing through for Cambrai
As the Germans turned and ran

From twenty six battalions
At the end of that Great War
They named us The Royal Tank Corps
And then cut us down to four

Renamed in nineteen thirty nine
The Royal Tank Regiment
So forward into battle
Eight battalions were sent

Fighting now in World War Two
To tame the Nazi beast
In Europe and North Africa
The Middle and Far East

We had twenty four Regiments
When ended was the war
So then they knocked us down to eight
And then they knocked us down to four

We've served in many places
From World War Two to here
In Borneo and Aden
Egypt, Cyprus and Korea

And forward to more recent times
The Balkans and Gulf wars
Afghanistan and Ireland
Though, now we're only two not four

Through ninety years of history
This Regiment has stood
Through every major conflict
We've remained a force for good

The Beret black upon our heads
Our motto cries FEAR NAUGHT
If first or second third or fourth
Of stern stuff we are wrought

So raise your glasses TANKIES
We share a common bond
A toast from mud through blood
And to the Green Fields Beyond

From pioneers of armoured cars
And matelots, from the seas
The Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps
Formed in six companies

To take on the machine gun posts
Came men from every rank
To wipe the Hun from Flanders
In the new invented TANK

So born out of necessity
To change the face of war
To break the bloody stalemate
They re-named us the Tank Corps

The first time tanks were on the Somme
In FLERS and COURCELLETTE
The Germans were so frightened
That their pants began to wet

Came dawn November twentieth
In nineteen seventeen
Breaking through the German Line
Came Red and Brown and Green

Came 300 Mark Four Tanks
Hugh Elles in the Van
Forcing through for Cambrai
As the Germans turned and ran

From twenty six battalions
At the end of that Great War
They named us The Royal Tank Corps
And then cut us down to four

Renamed in nineteen thirty nine
The Royal Tank Regiment
So forward into battle
Eight battalions were sent

Fighting now in World War Two
To tame the Nazi beast
In Europe and North Africa
The Middle and Far East

We had twenty four Regiments
When ended was the war
So then they knocked us down to eight
And then they knocked us down to four

We've served in many places
From World War Two to here
In Borneo and Aden
Egypt, Cyprus and Korea

And forward to more recent times
The Balkans and Gulf wars
Afghanistan and Ireland
Though, now we are only two not four

Through ninety years of history
This Regiment has stood
Through every major conflict
Weve remained a force for good

The Beret black upon our heads
Our motto cries FEAR NAUGHT
If first or second third or fourth
Of stern stuff we are wrought

So raise your glasses TANKIES
We share a common bond
A toast from mud through blood
And to the Green Fields Beyond

Unknown

The Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps

Little Willie

MK1 Female

MK 1

Whippet

RTC

Vickers Medium

A9

A10

A13

Crusader

Sherman

Grant

Saladin

RTR

Centurion

Chieftain

Challenger 1

Challenger 1

The Royal Tank Regiment