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1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment

Location: Picton Barracks, Bulford, UK

Role: Armoured Infantry

Who we are: 1 MERCIAN is at the Heart of England’s Infantry, recruiting from the five counties which formed the ancient Kingdom of Mercia: Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire. We also cover the Black Country and the Wirral.

1 MERCIAN was formed on 1st September 2007 through the amalgamation of three existing Regiments. The Regiment has deployed on eight operational deployments since its formation, making us one of the most operationally experienced Regiments in the British Army

The Battalion consists of five companies. Three rifle companies, excelling in close combat skills with each over 100 men strong. These rifle companies are supported by a Support Company and a Headquarter Company

Where we are: The 1st Battalion is based at Picton Barracks, Bulford on Salisbury Plain. The battalion has deployed on three operational tours since its formation in 2007, one to Iraq and two to Afghanistan.

What we do: The Battalion provides 1 Mechanized Brigade with one of its armoured Infantry units. This means they have to be ready to conduct operations primarily using the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle in a role which allows them to provide shock action and endurance to any operational force. They are experts in mounted close combat.

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