Training took place in North Africa where Rommel had declined to go.

In 1954, the 14th/20th Hussars undertook a prolonged period of training in the desert some 100 miles (160 kms) south of Tripoli. To reach the training area, the tanks had to climb to the Garian Jebel , some 2,000 feet (600 m) high. The training area could only be reached after scaling an escarpment on a narrow and twisting track, which Rommel had declared to be impassable. The Centurion tanks had to inch round the corners, often with part of their hulls hanging out over steep drops. In October 1954, the regiment moved back to England, to Piddlehinton Camp in Dorset.