The 7th Royal Tank Regiment
) was an armoured regiment of the British Army
The 7th Royal Tank Regiment was part of the Royal Tank Regiment
, itself part of the Royal Armoured Corps
. The regiment originally saw action as G Battalion, Tank Corps
In December 1940, as part of the British Western Desert Force in Egypt, the 7th RTR contained Matilda infantry tanks and supported the 11th Indian Infantry Brigade of the 4th Indian Infantry Division. The regiment attacked and destroyed the Italian "Maletti Group" at the Nibeiwa Camp. The 7th RTR also supported the attack of the 11th Brigade on Italian positions at the Tummar camps. These attacks were accomplished during the opening stages of Operation Compass. The regiment also participated in the successful attacks on Italian-held Bardia during the same campaign.
In mid-1942, the 7th RTR was captured at Tobruk during the Battle of Gazala. Tobruk was surrendered to Italian forces on 21 June 1942.
The regiment was reconstituted in 1943 by re-designating 10th Royal Tank Regiment.
In 1959, the 7th RTR was amalgamated with 4th Royal Tank Regiment. the regiment lives on as G Squadron, 1st Royal Tank Regiment (1RTR).