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The Second Royal Tank Regiment

The Royal Tank Regiment is the oldest tank unit in the world. The Second has been at the forefront of armoured warfare since the moment the first tanks broke through the German trenches at Cambrai, France, in 1917.

The Second

Today, Tankies have once again taken the fight to the enemy, this time in Afghanistan, and once again using the newest armoured vehicles in the British Army.

The men of 2 RTR are experts in fighting from Armoured Fighting Vehicles. During training, young Tankies cut their teeth on the most complex vehicle in the British arsenal - the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.

The Regiment is based near Stonehenge in Wiltshire and recruits its men from the South West and South East of England. The Regiment is proud to think of itself as "Southern England's Armour".

In Helmand province, Afghanistan, these armoured experts have been transferring their tank skills to the full range of new British armoured vehicles: Mastiff, Warthog, Wolfhound, Panther and Jackal. All of these are used by Tankies to fight the insurgents and support the infantry in order to bring security to the people of Afghanistan.

2nd Royal Tank Regiment troops have recently returned from operations in Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick, where we have been showing the insurgents what our motto - "FEAR NAUGHT" - really means.
2 RTR Mastiff and Wolfhound in Afghanistan

If you would like to join us, get in touch

Officer Recruiting
Lt Colonel (Retd) S J May, 01929 403448

Soldier Recruiting
Captain Marc Bannister, 01980 844504
Sergeant Steve Park, 01980 844561

Our address is:

2nd Royal Tank Regiment
Aliwal Barracks
Tidworth
SP9 7BB