Cambrai parade marks new beginning for 1 Armd Regt

Australian Army soldiers from 1st Armoured Regiment held a paraded at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia, on Monday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai.

CAPTION: M1A1 Abrams tanks from the 1st Armoured Regiment exit the Parade Ground following the Cambrai Parade to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai in WWI – and the regiments arrival in Adelaide. Photo by Corporal Craig Barrett.

 

 

 

The parade also provided an opportunity to celebrate the regiment’s arrival to South Australia, having recently relocated from their 22-year home at Robertson Barracks in Darwin.

It featured 1st Armoured Regiment soldiers and armoured vehicles, including tanks, light armoured vehicles and armoured personnel carriers.

The Battle of Cambrai, fought between 20 November and 7 December 1917, was the first battle in history involving the use of tanks en masse.

Each year Commonwealth and allied armoured regiments around the world commemorate this momentous battle, on a day now known as Cambrai Day.

Soldiers of the 1st Armoured Regiment conducted a final parade at Robertson Barracks, near Darwin, on Wednesday 25 October 2017 to mark their departure.

The parade was also a chance to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba.

Also during the parade, 1st Armoured Regiment’s Chauvel Lines were officially renamed Matilda Lines and handed over to the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin.

 

 

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