January 1946 - December 1968
1st Australian Armoured Car Squadron raised – vehicles are Staghound Armoured Cars and Canadian Scout Cars
30 March 1946
Sqn sails from Sydney for duties in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. Duties are to guard the Imperial Palace and patrol Skikohu Island.
18 December 1948
Sqn embarks at Kure for return to Australia.
War office in London agrees to the early allotment of Centurion tanks.
7 July 1949
1st Armoured Car Sqn renamed 1st Armoured Regiment.
Australia asked to provide armoured support in Korea, however the ageing Churchills are not considered fit for service.
Centurions start to arrive.
30 June 1951
Alliance is established between 1st Armoured Regiment and the Royal Tank Regiment.
Centurions involved in Tropical trials in Cairns and later Manus Island.
Centurions issued to the Regiment.
Personnel strength increases. RHQ,HQ and B Sqn’s raised. Additional order for a further 71 Centurions placed.
Nucleus (N) Sqn raised and sent to Holsworthy the basis for a proposed 2nd Armoured Regiment.
The Regimental Cap Badge introduced.
Two soldiers inebriated and abscond with a tank. After missing a gear change they career through B Sqn lines and are subsequently Court Martialled.
B SQN hangar built in the vicinity of Armoured Centre. A Sqn remains in Range Camp Location.
1st Armoured Signal Troop disbanded and absorbed back into Signal Corps.
24 February 1954
Royal Parade in Melbourne
Nuclear tests carried out at Maralinga. Tank suffered external damage and is drivable.
Recce troop Raised
30 November 1954
3Tp, B Sqn led by LT A.D.Wells wins inaugural Paratus Cup.
Capt. Crighan overshoots into P &EE Graytown Hence its well known Folly.
Soldiers are given permission to wear civilian clothing when leaving the barracks
1st Armoured Signals Troop re – allotted to the Regiment.
‘N’Sqn demonstrates the Centurion to the press.
‘N’Sqn officially return to Puckapunyal after the intention to raise a 2nd Armoured Regiment is cancelled
Regiment is bought up to strength.
Regiments erects camp site for the World Scout Jamboree at Wonga Park Melbourne.
Regiment Equipped with Saracen APC’s
Further liberties granted to soldiers. Soldiers permitted to go on local leave without signing in and out.
6 February 1956
The Governor General Sir William Slim Presents the Regiments Guidon on a Regimental Parade in Puckapunyal
Regiment involved in flood relief on the Murray flood plains.
Regiment is presented a commemorative medal in appreciation of assistance given during the Melbourne Olympic Games
On the initiative of the director RAAC and with the support from the Regiment and RAEME a repair and spare parts plan designed to combat the declining state of the tanks. Track mileage rather than the strength of technical staff is now used to gauge servicing requirements.
Regiment mounts a guard of honour for the Melbourne opening of Parliament.
EX ‘Grand Slam’ in Mackay. Jungle warfare EX in conjunction with 1st Infantry Brigade. LTCOL Maxwell plays the part of a three star enemy General.
15 Sept 1959
Regiment moves into Kapyong Barracks.