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20th Hussars

The 20th Hussars was a Cavalry Regiment that would have had an MG Section as part of its Regimental Headquarters.

As a unit of the 5th Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, it will have taken part in the following battles and engagements.
12 to 15 SeptemberBATTLE OF THE AISNE
12 October to 02 NovemberBattle of Messine [Cav. Corps].
30 and 31 OctoberBattle of Gheluvelt (3rd Cav. Bde. and part of 4th and 5th Cav. Bdes.) [I. Corps].
10 to 12 MarchBattle of Neuve Chappelle (5th Cav. Bde.) [In Reserve to First Army].
26 April to 03 MayBattle of St. Julien [Plumer's Force, Second Army].
24 and 25 MayBattle of Bellewaarde Ridge [V. Corps, Second Army].

The MG Section was brigaded into the 5th Cavalry MG Squadron on 26 February 1916.

Inter-war Period

In 1922, the Machine Gun Corps was disbanded and the guns returned to the Cavalry Regiment as a Machine Gun Platoon and then formed as a Machine Gun Company in the early 1930s.

Second World War

This remained until the formation of Divisional Machine Gun Battalions in 1936 where guns were brigaded once again. As Cavalry regiments were largely mechanised, their use would have been as per the Royal Armoured Corps.


  • Becke, 1934
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