The Punch behind the Iron Fist
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. While 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.
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. However, despite its modernity, 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).
26 Regiment Royal Artillery is located in Mansergh Barracks, Gütersloh, Germany. The Regiment is known as 'The West-Midland Gunners' and traditionally recruits throughout the West Midlands. The Regiment maintains strong ties with the City of Birmingham and was bestowed the great honour of the Freedom of the City of Birmingham in July 2009.