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The 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons was a cavalry regiment in the British Army, first raised in 1689. It saw service for three centuries, before being amalgamated into the 5th/6th Dragoons (later the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, then finally the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards) in 1922. The 'Skins' (as they were known) are one of the four ancestor regiments of the Royal Dragoon Guards. The regiment was first raised as Sir Albert Cunningham's Regiment of Dragoons in 1689, by the regimenting of various independent troops, and ranked as the 6th Dragoons. It later took the nickname of the "Black Dragoons", and in 1751 was formally titled as the 6th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Dragoons, later simply the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons. Arguably one of the most famous cavalry regiments of all time. One of their most notable battles was the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. They also fought with distinction at the Battle of Waterloo in the Charge of the Union Brigade and again during the Crimean War as part of the successful Charge of the Heavy Brigade against superior numbers at the Battle of Balaklava. World War I sounded the death knell for mounted cavalry as it became apparent that technology had moved forward with greater destructive power and made horsed cavalry redundant on the modern battlefield.
The British Army reorganised and reduced its cavalry corps by disbanding or amalgamating many of its famous cavalry regiments in 1922 as part of the Geddes Reforms. The Inniskillings was one of those affected. In 1861 the regiment was renamed the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons. Most cavalry regiments during the latter part of the 19th century did service in India, Egypt and in South Africa and the 6th Inniskillings was no exception. The regiment eventually returned from India to land in France in January 1915 to serve with great distinction during the Great War. During the split between Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State, the regiment was among the few Irish units retained. In 1921 it was renamed The Inniskillings (6th Dragoons). It was amalgamated a year later in 1922 with 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Dragoon Guards to form 5th/6th Dragoons. In 1927 its title changed again to the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. The regiment was granted the augmentation of "Royal" in 1935 and had its name changed to the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. In 1938 the regiment became mechanized, later being reassigned to the Royal Armored Corps in 1939. After the Cold War ended, the regiment was amalgamated in 1992 with the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards to create the Royal Dragoon Guards.
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