England’s Infantry at its very best
The Fusiliers have regular and reserve armoured infantry Battalions in the reactive role. We are respected as tough partners in combat, no-nonsense soldiers who take on any challenge. Our Fusilier family is known for our strong bonds and lifelong support.
23 April 1968
The Fusiliers are combat infantrymen, both in the armoured role and as traditional foot soldiers. We are skilled in defeating the enemy, taking and holding ground – as we have done for over 350 years. We are flexible and adaptable (24/7)
- Dismounted Infantryman
- Warrior Fighting Vehicle Driver
- Warrior Fighting Vehicle Gunner
- Combat Signaller
- Support Weapon Mortarman
- Anti-Tank Specialist
- Elite Sniper
- Combat Logistics
- Throughout 2018 and 2019, multiple teams deployed to Ukraine on OP ORBITAL, delivering training and expertise to the Ukranian Armed Forces. We also deployed on Ex PRAIRIE STORM in preparation for deployment to Estonia.
- In 2020 we deployed to Estonia on OP CABRIT 6 as part of the UK’s contribution to NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in the Baltics and Poland. The First Fusiliers Battle Group under the tactical command of 1 Estonian Infantry Brigade, played a key role in the national defence plan.
- In 2021, the regiment will be the UK Standby Battalion, conducting training across the globe, including India later this year in preparation for future potential challenges.
The Fusiliers are an infantry regiment that recruits from across the England.
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers recruits nationally.
Our Regimental Headquarters is at the tower of London and has been there since 1685.
Our regular unit, The 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is based at Tidworth.
Our Reserves unit, the 5th Battalion is based in Newcastle (Northumbria), Bury (Lancashire), Sheldon (Warwickshire) and Balham (London).
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
I wanted a challenge, not a routine Chris, 25, The Fusiliers
The 1st Fusiliers are a premier Armoured Infantry battlegroup, with Fusiliers experienced with the Warrior fighting vehicle since it entered service. Specialising in delivering direct action through fire and manoeuvre, the Fusiliers also have a well-tried flexibility to rapidly take on light infantry missions.
The 5th Fusiliers are reserve Armoured Infantry, shock troops who engage critical battlefield areas in the Warrior fighting vehicle. 5th Fusiliers provide manpower and fire support to 1st Fusiliers on exercise and on operations, deploying to many countries worldwide.
Through the years
The Fusiliers were formed in 1674 and named “Fuzileers” after their Fusil, the modern musket of the day. The modern regiment was formed in 1968 from four English Fusilier Regiments, seeing service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
First Fusilier regiment formed in Northumberland.
The Hackle was awarded to the Northumberland Fusiliers for defeating the French at St Lucia.
The Lancashire Fusiliers win ‘six VCs before breakfast’ at Gallipoli.
The Royal Fusiliers fight in the Korean War.
Both 1st and 3rd Fusiliers involved in the Middle East conflicts.
Both 1st and 2nd Fusiliers spend several tours in Afghanistan, helping rout the insurgents.
1st Fusiliers Battalion
Mooltan Barracks, Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire, SP9 7EN Tel: 0203 166 6909
5th Fusiliers Battalion HQ, X & Z Company
HQ Company: 01670 710021 X Company: 0191 2797290 Z Company: 0191 2103200
5th Fusiliers Machine Gun Platoon
Fifth Fusiliers Machine Gun Platoon, Castle Armoury, Castle Street, Bury, BL9 0LB Tel: 0161 7649530
5th Fusiliers A Company
Fifth Fusiliers, A Company, Barrows Lane, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3BE Tel: 0121 7228530
5th Fusiliers C Company
Fifth Fusiliers, C Company, 213 Balham High Road, Balham, London, SW17 7BQ Tel: 0208 6721168
Regimental HQ, HM Tower of London. London, EC3N 4AB Tel 02031666909