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Badges

 

 

There are four badges of the Regiment:

 

  

 

The Cap Badge

Worn by all soldiers of the Regiment in their berets or peaked caps.  It was the White Horse of Hannover galloping, granted to the 3rd Hussars by King George I (also King of Hannover) in 1714, with a scroll underneath giving the Regiment’s title.

 

 

The Collar Badge

A pair of these badges were worn by all ranks on the collar of their tunics.  It consists of the cypher of the Regiment (bestowed on The 7th Hussars in 1727), surmounted by the Queen’s Crown with a scroll below giving the Regiment’s title.  The scarlet backing commemorates the scarlet collar of the 3rd Hussars.  

 

 

WO's and NCO's Arm Badge

Similar to the Collar Badge but has no scroll beneath, it was worn above badges of rank by all Corporals and above.  The Garter Blue backing dates from the formation of the 3rd Hussars as The Queen Consort’s Regiment of Dragoons in 1685 when Garter Blue feathers were worn in hats.

 

 

The Crest

Born at the centre of the Guidon and also worn as a cap badge by Officers, The Regimental Sergeant-Major and Bandmaster.  It consisted of the White Horse of Hannover below the cypher Q O (Queen’s Own).  The whole was encircled by the Order of the Garter (given to both 3rd and 7th Hussars) and surmounted by the Queen’s Crown.

 

 

 

 

 

Emblems

 

The Maid of Warsaw

Every soldier of the Regiment wore the distinctive scarlet and silver crest of the City of Warsaw on his left sleeve.  This honour,  granted to the 7th Hussars, was awarded by the Commander of the Second Polish Corps in recognition of their valour in support of the Polish Forces during the Italian Campaign in World War II.

 

 

The Fern Leaf

All 'B' (soft skin) vehicles belonging to the Regiment carried the emblem of New Zealand, the Fern Leaf, in commemoration of the association of the 3rd Hussars with the 2nd New Zealand Division at the battle of El Alamein.  This honour was granted by General Lord Freyberg, VC,  who commanded the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces in World War ll.  

 

 

The White Horse

Also carried on 'B' (soft skin) vehicles of the regiment,  was the White Horse of Hannover (bestowed on The 3rd Hussars by King George I) mounted on a Garter Blue background.

 

 

 

 

Regimental Motto

 

 

The Motto of the Regiment was NEC ASPERA TERRENT  ("Neither do hardships deter”).  It  was also the motto of the House of Hannover and was  therefore  presumably granted to the 3rd Hussars at the same time as the Cap Badge.

 

 

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