Sidi Suleiman

This action was known as Operation Battleaxe and had the relief of Tobruk as its objective. It was unsuccessful and resulted in the loss of 96 tanks, 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, with 11th Indian Infantry Brigade (4th Indian Division) and 22nd Guards Brigade took part.

The Honour is borne on the Guidon of the 3rd Hussars.


During the siege of Tobruk the British made numerous attempts to relieve the fortress, but each time the Germans would bring up heavy armour in strength and the operation would have to be called off.

A composite Squadron of The 3rd King’s Own Hussars was heavily involved in fighting around Halfaya and Sidi Suleiman on one of these operations.

The remaining and reconstituted 3rd Hussars were re-equipped with Crusader, Sherman and Grant tanks ready for the battle ahead.

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  3. Article: Op Battleaxe, 15th – 17th June 1941
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  6. M4 Sherman tank