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The British Army's Assault Engineers

32 Engineer Regiment

Assault Engineers

32 Engineer Regiment provide close support engineering to 7 Light Mech Brigade Combat Team (7 LMBCT), the Desert Rats, and is currently aligned to the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (Land) (VJTF(L)). 

 

Facts & Figures

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Active From

May 1948

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Role

Combat Support

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Specialism

Light Mechanised/ Assault Engineering

Our Skills

32 Engineer Regiment has three subordinate Field Squadrons (26, 31 and 37) and one Headquarters and Support Squadron (2).

Each Field Squadron provides close support engineering to units within the Brigade, allowing them to live, move and fight within their area of operations.

The Headquarters and Support Squadron holds specialised capabilities such as a Reconnaissance Troop, Construction Supervision Cell (CSC), Army Dive Cell and Automotive Bridge Launching Equipment (ABLE). This Squadron is also responsible for the TERRIER armoured combat engineer tractor.

Deployments

Current Deployments

NATO VJTF(L)

Operation Elgin (Kosovo)

Operation Venus (Caribbean)

Previous Deployments

  • Afghanistan - Operation Herrick
  • Iraq - Operation Telic
  • Iraq - Operation Shader
  • Poland - Operation Rockstaff
  • Sudan - Operation Trenton

 

 

 

Our People

Our capabilities include:

  • Combat engineer
  • Artisan Tradecraft
  • Plant operator
  • Driver
  • Communications specialis
  • Resources specialist
  • Reconnaissance specialist
  • Army diver
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Commanding Officer - Lieutenant Colonel Mark Baker
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Trojan Crew Commander - Corporal Sitiveni Etuate

Our Location

We are based in Marne Barracks, Catterick on the edge of Catterick Garrison. We boast access to large military training areas and have access to the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales in which to live and train. 

We have good transport links being on the A1(M) across the North, to the South, and up to Scotland, making it a popular location.

We share a camp with 5 Regt Royal Artillery. 

 

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Our Heritage

32 Engineer Regiment derives its heritage from the engineer tank units, christened Hobart’s Funnies, from the Second World War.

This was name after their creator, Major General Sir Percy Hobart, who commanded the 79th Armoured Division whose famous Bull’s head (Winston) insignia is still worn by the Regiment on its uniform.

32 Engineer Regiment Timeline

  1. 1940s & 1950s

    1948 - Formed in May at Perham Down, UK.

    1957 - Disbanded.

  2. 1960s

    1964 - Regiment reformed at Hohne, Germany.

    1969 - Resubordinated to 1st Armoured Division.

  3. 1970s

    1972 - Deployed to Northern Ireland.

    1977 - Disbanded in 1977 because of the Mason Review.

  4. 1980s

    1980 - Reformed, moved barracks to Munsterlager, Germany and deployed in the Gulf War.

  5. 1990s

    1993 - Resubordinated to 7th Armoured Brigade.

    1995 - Deployed to Bosnia.

    1997 - Deployed to Bosnia.

     

  6. 2000s

    2000 - Deployed to Kosovo.

    2003 - Deployed to Iraq on Operation TELIC.

    2022 - Resubordinated to their current Headquarters, 7th Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Team.