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The Royal Tank Regiment

Formed during World War One, the Royal Tank Regiment is the oldest tank Regiment in the world.

The Royal Tank Regiment is the oldest tank unit in the world, forged out of the adversity of the First World War. Originally formed from the Machine Gun Corps, the pioneers of armoured warfare became the Tank Corps, whose numbers expanded rapidly, forming 18 battalions by the start of 1919. In the Second World War, the Royal Tank Regiment (as it had become known) had 25 battalions fighting across the world.

The Regiment has been deployed on all major conflicts since the end of WW2. Equally comfortable on the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, or on a Warthog or Mastiff in Afghanistan, we remain proven deliverers of excellence in mounted close combat. Our thirst for professionalism and excellence is built into our way of life, it is our ethos.

The 1st and 2nd Royal Tank Regiments merged in August 2014 and formed what is now The Royal Tank Regiment, based in Tidworth, Wiltshire. The Regiment consists of 3 Sabre Squadrons (AJAX, BADGER and CYCLOPS) who are equipped with 18 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks, a Command and Reconnaissance Sqn (DREADNAUGHT) and a Headquarters Sqn (EGYPT). The Regiment also provides the British Army’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Area Survey and Reconnaissance Sqn (FALCON) who are equipped with 10 six wheeled FUCHS armoured reconnaissance vehicles and are based in Warminster.


The Future

The Regiment is currently the Lead Armoured Battlegroup of 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade. This year, the Regiment has conducted exercises in various countries, from Defence Engagement in South Korea to CBRN training in Jordan. The Regiment is currently preparing for a live fire exercise at Castlemartin in Wales. Next year, there are potential deployments to Canada as well as live fire exercises.

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