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20th Armoured Infantry Brigade

The British Army’s 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (nicknamed ‘The Iron Fist Brigade’) is based in Paderborn, northern Germany. It forms part of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division (nicknamed ‘The Iron Division’), the Army’s primary warfighting force.

Soldiers serving with the Brigade proudly wear the insignia of a white mailed fist on a blue background as a symbol of the hard punch that this that this historic and battle-proven armoured formation can give any enemy. In 2017, the Brigade will have the privilege of providing the armoured forces held at the highest readiness to both the UK and to NATO.

Very High Readiness Task Force (Land) – VJTF(L)

The VJTF(L) is the land component of the NATO enhanced NATO response Force (eNRF) announced at the Cardiff Summit of August 2014. On 1 January 2017, Headquarters 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade assumed command of the VJTF(L) for a 12 month period following a year of intensive training. The VJTF(L) comprises troops from 14 different NATO nations. It has a potent blend of armour, infantry, helicopters, artillery, engineers and supporting troops held at high readiness. This means it is available to move at very short notice to ensure NATO has the right forces, at the right place at the right time. The VJTF’s mission is to:

“Assure, deter and contribute to countering threats against Alliance territory and populations, with a priority to Article 5, in order to demonstrate a collective Alliance response throughout SACEUR’s area of operations and potentially beyond”

UK Vanguard Armoured Infantry Bde – VAIB

2017 will also see 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade hold the role of the UK’s VAIB. VAIB is the UK’s primary reaction force, providing a high readiness and adaptable force that can undertake any short notice contingency tasks. It provides the British Army’s best deterrence for the conventional defence of the UK.

Ex Venerable Gauntlet video

Ex Venerable Gauntlet was held on Sennelager Training Area in Germany during the summer of 2016. It brought together the 14 nations which make up the VJTF for the first time. Watch troops from the across the force demonstrate artillery, armour and infantry skills as they prepare for 2017…


Ex Noble Ledger video

20th Armoured Infantry Brigade were tested and validated by HQ ARRC during December 2016 in readiness for assuming the role of VJTF. Watch as the Brigade is put through its paces in testing conditions…

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