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1 Armoured Medical Regiment

1 Armoured Medical Regiment was formed on 1 April 2014 as a result of the Army 2020 changes, by the re-designation and re-organisation of its immediate predecessor, 1 Medical Regiment. The Regiment now has an establishment of 306 Regular personnel, wearing seven different cap badges, and is equipped with a mixture of armoured ambulances – Bulldog, Mastiff and CVRT – together with some soft-skinned Land Rover Battlefield Ambulances.

1 Medical Regiment had only existed for six years, having been formed on 1 April 2008 when 1 Close Support Medical Regiment disbanded to form 1 and 2 Medical Regiments.

1 Close Support Medical Regiment had been formed in Germany on 1 April 2000 by the amalgamation of 1, 2 and 3 Armoured Field Ambulances (themselves formed from the six field ambulances of the British Army of the Rhine, see detail below). 1 Armoured Medical Regiment maintains links through its squadrons to five of these original six field ambulances.

The years 2014 – 2015 were a period of major change for the new unit, as it was reformed and transitioned from its original role of providing close medical support to 20th Armoured Brigade, which was based in Sennelager, northern Germany, under command of the 1st (United Kingdom) Division.  The Regiment came under the operational command of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division on 6 January 2015, and now forms part of the Army’s Reaction Force, attached to 101st Logistic Brigade.

One of the squadrons (30 Squadron) from the newly named 1 Armoured Medical Regiment provided the nucleus of the last Close Support Medical Regiment in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 20 in 2014.

The Regiment moved in September 2015 from Bergen-Hohne to Dempsey Barracks, Sennelager. This move marked the end of 70 years’ association of British military medical units with Hohne, dating back to the liberation of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp on 17 April 1945.

From the end of June 2015, following the departure of the previously co-located 2 Medical Regiment to North Luffenham, Rutland, 1 Armoured Medical Regiment earned the distinction of becoming the last British military medical unit remaining in Germany. As part of the overall withdrawal of British troops, the Regiment is scheduled to move from Sennelager to Bhurtpore Barracks, Tidworth in 2019, thus starting another chapter in the eventful and distinguished history of the medical regiments of the British Army.

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