This was a delaying Engagement fought by the 1st British Armoured Brigade with New Zealand machine-gunners, during the withdrawal from Veve.

The Honour is borne on the Guidon of the 4th Hussars.

Corinth Canal

In this Engagement, air bombardment and German parachutists overwhelmed the British, Australian and New Zealand elements who were in the area.

The Honour is borne on the Guidon of the 4th Hussars.


The 4th Hussars were near Salonika when they were attacked by fifteen German divisions on the 6th of April, and the retreat began the next day.

They executed a magnificent holding action at Proasteion on the 13th of April that allowed the infantry to withdraw, the Germans under the impression that they were faced by a whole armoured division.

The 4th Hussars were often the rearguard as the retreat continued all the way down Greece and onto the Peleponnese where they were detailed to defend the whole north shore against landings while the allied troops were evacuated further south.

On the 26th the Corinth Canal Bridge, held by three tanks and four platoons of men from RHQ, was attacked by over 1,000 glider and paratroops who eventually overran the British but not before the bridge was blown up successfully.

Only 12 officers and 160 other ranks made it out of Greece and nearly all of these were from the rear echelons, all the vehicles being disabled and abandoned.

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