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20th Armoured Infantry Brigade

The British Army's 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (The Iron Fist) is based in Paderborn, northern Germany, as part of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division. Soldiers serving with the Brigade wear the insignia of a white mailed fist with a blue background - a symbol of the hard punch that this armoured formation gives the enemy.


20th Armoured Infantry Brigade was the last brigade to serve on operations in Iraq and its soldiers are currently serving in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 20. Although it is not deployed as a formed Headquarters it is responsible for ensuring that all regiments and battalions serving in Afghanistan under the recently closed Task Force Helmand (TFH) Headquarters are trained to the highest standards for the final mission.

Previously, the brigade deployed in Afghanistan on HERRICK 15, 2011-2012 and was the lead formation of British troops in Helmand.



20th Armoured Infantry Brigade is founded on fine and historic regiments. The composition of the Brigade, currently, is based on one Heavy and one Light Armoured Regiments, supported by three Light Role and one Armoured Infantry Battalion.

The Headquarters of 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade is currently located in Sennelager, on the outskirts of the city of Paderborn. The Brigade is commanded by Brigadier Ian Mortimer.

In the future – as part of the Army 2020 restructuring – ‘The Iron Fist’ will move back to the Salisbury Plain area where it will form part of UK’s Reaction Force.

Ex Venerable Gauntlet prepares UK troops for NATO lead in 2017

In 2017 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade will be providing the Brigade Headquarters for NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF).

Watch troops from the UK, Estonia, Poland and Spain demonstrate artillery, armour and infantry capability on exercise Venerable Gauntlet as they, along with 10 other nations, prepare to take over NATO’s spearhead force, the VJTF, in 2017.


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