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Collection Level Description: Kenya Armoured Car Regiment

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2241
Title: Kenya Armoured Car Regiment
Dates of Creation: 20th cent.
Extent: 1 folder
Name of Creator: Author unknown

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

At the outbreak of World War Two in September 1939, it was decided that information was needed on Italian activities on the borders between Kenya and Abyssinia/Italian Somalia. A scout platoon of fourteen Kenyan settlers was therefore set up to undertake patrol and reconnaissance work. The platoon was later transferred to Nairobi, where it formed the nucleus of the East African Reconnaissance Squadron, comprising HQ and four troops. When Italy finally declared war, the troops were sent to patrol the Northern Frontier District, Kenya with bases at Wajir and Garissa. Engineers in Nairobi constructed armoured vehicles for the squadron. Subsequently, its name was altered to the East African Armoured Car Regiment.

The Regiment went into action at El Wak, Italian Somaliland, on 16th December 1940 and took part in the allied advance to Addis Ababa, Abyssinia. During the Abyssinian campaign, its ranks were divided between the 12th (African) Division, advancing from Garissa to Gimma, and the 11th Division, advancing from Jubaland, Italian Somaliland to Addis Ababa. On 30th June 1941 it was re-named the Kenya Armoured Car Regiment.

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a typescript History of the Kenya Armoured Car Regiment, 1939-1941

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Thomas Ofcansky on the 1st July 1997.

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No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

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Finding Aids

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Access Points

Kenya Armoured Car Regiment

World War, 1939-1945 | Ethiopia

World War, 1939-1945 | Somalia

World War, 1939-1945 | Djibouti

World War, 1939-1945 | Kenya

Ethiopia | History | 1889-1974

Somalia | History | 20th century

Djibouti | History | 20th century

Kenya | History | 1895-1963

Transformation from XML to HTML by Lawrence Mielniczuk
24 February 2012