Division displays physical prowess in North Yorkshire

The 1st (UK) Division, which has units based across the country and serving overseas, came together on 20 October 2021 to take part in the annual Bismarck Challenge.

The endeavour, contested by around 700 Army personnel, involved teams of four completing a four-mile route in a relay format, all while carrying 15kg in their bergan (excluding water).

The setting was Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, and the organisation was all down to the hard work of the Division’s Physical Training (PT) staff.

A hard-fought competition, even the awful downpour of rain witnessed on the day did little to dampen the spirits of those taking part.

Overall winners were the Catterick Garrison-based Light Dragoons, who have had personnel deployed abroad in Mali this year.

The name of the event is a direct link to the 1st (UK) Division’s lineage as a formation stationed in Germany following the end of WWII.

Last year’s iteration was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so the 2021 edition represents a stunning return to form.

The 1st (UK) Division is described as the Army’s most versatile force – light, agile, lethal, and expeditionary.

Whilst headquartered in York’s Imphal Barracks, the various Brigades under the command of the formation are spread across the length of Great Britain.