N Battery (The Eagle Troop) Royal Horse Artillery

N Parachute Battery (The Eagle Troop) Royal Horse Artillery is a Tactical Group Battery of 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. They are currently based in Albemarle Barracks in Northumberland.

N Battery(The Eagle Troop) Royal Horse Artillery
Active11 November 1811 – present
Country United Kingdom
Allegiance Hon East India Coy (till 1858)
 United Kingdom (post 1858)
BranchBombay Army (till 1895)
 British Army
TypeArtillery
RoleTAC BTY
Part of7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
AnniversariesHyderabad Day 24 March
Battle honoursUbique

The battery is commonly known as a Tactical Group Battery and provides the artillery support to the Royal Irish Battle Group 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team.

Current role edit

N Parachute Battery (The Eagle Troop) are currently serving as the Tactical Group within 7 Para RHA and supports 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team.

Battery structure edit

N Parachute Battery are known as a Tactical Group Battery and they consist of approximately 30 personnel:[citation needed]

  • BC TAC
  • FST 1
  • FST 2
  • FST 3
  • Joint Fires Cell (JFC)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP)

History edit

Formation edit

1st Troop Bombay Horse Artillery was formed in Seroor, on 11 November 1811.

19th century edit

In 1842 Sir Charles Napier was sent to Hyderabad with a treaty that was never to be accepted by the Amirs of Sindh. The Amirs attacked the British Residency, and Napier decided this was cause for war, and attacked a force of 22,000 Baluchis with just 2,800 British Soldiers. This resulted in:

  • 1843 – The Battle for Miani. The British line held, and 6 guns from the Troop supported a charge. Hyderabad was occupied in February 1843.

The battery was awarded its honour title following Sir Charles Napier's march to the Indus River. The troop were supporting the Cheshire Regiment, with the enemy in an entrenched position. The way artillery was deployed, forced the enemy to its left flank, which allowed the Cheshire Regiment to advance and distract the enemy. A surrender followed quickly and the Governor-General of India, the Lord Ellenborough, declared that the battery should, 'bear the eagle'.

In 1858, the East India Company dissolved, and the battery became part of the British Army. The battery was renamed five times between 1862, until it was finally named N Battery Royal Horse Artillery in 1889.

World War One edit

  • 1914 – The battery deployed to France on the outbreak of War.
  • 1915 – The battery fired its guns in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. The failure of this battle was later credited to the lack of artillery shells in Shell Crisis of 1915.
  • 1916 – The battery fought in the Battle of the Somme
  • 1917 – N Battery RHA claimed the highest number of shells fired in one month by a single battery. The six guns fired 115,360 rounds in August 1917 in support of the Canadian Corps. The battery also fought in the Battle of Cambrai (1917) and at Hailles.
  • 1918 – The battery continued to fight until the Armistice in November 1918.
  • 1920 – The battery bore the coffin of the Unknown Soldier to Westminster Abbey.

World War Two edit

The battery served in Greece and the Western Desert, and in 1942 regained its identity and joined 6th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery.

Cold War edit

In 1951, The battery was part of 4 RHA within 7 Armoured Division based at Hohne Germany until 1958

Recent History and Conflicts edit

Northern Ireland edit

Balkan wars edit

The battery served in the Balkans.[citation needed]

Operation TELIC in Iraq edit

Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan edit

  • 2006 - OP HERRICK 8
  • 2010 – OP HERRICK 13
  • 2013 – OP HERRICK 19

Re-Subordination to 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery edit

  • 2023 – 22 May 23

N Parachute Battery forms as sub-unit to 7 Para RHA. The Battery support the Royal Irish Regiment within 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team.

See also edit

References edit

Bibliography edit

  • Clarke, W.G. (1993). Horse Gunners: The Royal Horse Artillery, 200 Years of Panache and Professionalism. Woolwich: The Royal Artillery Institution. ISBN 09520762-0-9.

External links edit