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The West Midland Gunners

The firepower behind 20th Armoured Brigade (The Iron Fist), 26 Regiment Royal Artillery utilises AS90s and Fire Support Teams (FSTs) to strike enemy targets. Three gun batteries equipped with AS90 (155mm self-propelled howitzers) provide integral firepower to strike enemy locations up to 24 kms away.

The punch behind the iron fist

Fire Support Teams (FSTs)

The Fire Support Teams (FSTs) find the enemy on the battlefield in warrior observation post vehicles, using lasers, thermal observation and night vision equipment. Once the enemy location is identified, the FST coordinates guns, mortars, attack helicopters, precision munitions and fast jets to deliver a devastating strike.

Primarily equipped with AS90 which was fired with overwhelming lethality and accuracy in Iraq, 26 Regiment soldiers are also trained on the 105 Light Gun, which is in use in Afghanistan.

Video of Royal Artillery Exercise - 26 Regiment participation

A major live firing exercise, involving 1500 troops, and some of the British Army's most sophisticated weaponry, including guns, rockets and UAVs is underway.

26 Regiment Location

26 Regiment Location

26 Regiment

Mansergh Barracks, Gutersloh, Germany

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26 Regiment History

26 Regiment Royal Artillery was formed as a distinct unit in relatively modern times.

It was not until 1947 that 26 Regiment was formed from 4th Field Artillery Brigade, re-uniting batteries which had served together in various forms and under various titles for many years.

26 Regiment Royal Artillery is unique in the Gunners for being the only Regiment to have kept its three original gun batteries (17, 16 and 159).

In recent times the Regiment has seen 137 Battery (Java Troop) put into suspended animation and received 132 Battery (The Bengal Rocket Troop) adding a ‘precision fires’ capability to its arsenal.

26 Regiment Batteries

19 (Gib 1779-83) Battery

19 (Gibraltar 1779 – 1783) Battery has the distinction of being the senior battery in the Royal Artillery. Raised on 25 May 1716 as T. Pattison’s Company. It was granted the honour title ”Gibraltar 1779 – 83” on 13 Nov 1934 in recognition of their service during the Great Siege of Gibraltar.
19 Battery

17 (Corunna) Battery

In 1947 the battery was designated as 17 (Corunna) Battery Royal Artillery, Since this time the battery has seen service in several operational theatres which include Malaya, Northern Ireland, Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, and more recently in Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2008. 17 (Corunna) Battery remains the senior Gun Battery within 26th Regiment Royal Artillery and celebrates Corunna day on the 16th January.
17 Battery

16 Battery (Sandham's Coy)

The battery was raised at Woolwich on 1st August 1779 after a Royal Warrant was signed.

After the siege of Copenhagen in 1807, and the ill fated expedition against Walchern, they became part of the Duke of Wellington force.
On 16th June they arrived at Quatre Bras after a 15 hour march covering the withdrawal of the British and Belgian troops, at this point the battery was commanded by Captain Charles Freeman Sandham.
13 Battery

55 (The Residency) Battery

During WWII 22 Field Battery served in France, the Middle East and finally Italy. During this time 5 Officers and 53 men of the battery were killed or died from their wounds. While in Italy 55 Battery plus 127 Battery served together as the only Priest Batteries in the campaign.

In 1945 the battery converted to Anti Tank Guns and in 1947 was renamed The Residency Battery.

132 Battery (The Bengal Rocket Troop)

In 1816, The Bengal Rocket Troop was formed as a camel mounted unit in the service of the Honourable East India Company under the command of Captain William Sampson Whish. 

The Troop carried a total of 912, 6 pound rockets, either in camel carried buckets or by horse drawn carts.  The Troop first saw action at the Siege of Hattrass and played a decisive role in the Pindari/Mahratta War with the mountainous terrain during the latter conflict resulting in the Troop being dependant on horseback.

132 Bat

159 (Colenso) Battery

Early on 15 December 1899, the Ladysmith relief force tried to force the passage of the Tugela River. 

At 6am the field guns advancing east of the railway were subjected to heavy firing. By 0715hrs each gun had fired about one hundred rounds, General Buller said, “the men fought their guns like heroes and silenced Fort Wylie”.

Militarily the day was disastrous, but the gallantry can be judged by the awards given.
159 Battery

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