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WHO WE ARE

The Royal Welsh

Gwell Angau Na Chywilydd - Death Rather Than Dishonour

The Royal Welsh exists to represent the people of Wales, serve the United Kingdom and to enforce its interests at home and overseas.

Those who serve in The Royal Welsh will excel at mounted and dismounted combat and draw strength from our rich history and heritage. Each man must constantly drive to perfect the ways of the modern warrior - a Welsh Warrior.

FACTS & FIGURES

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ACTIVE FROM

1 March 2006

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ROLE

Infantry

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SPECIALISM

Armoured Infantry

our skills

Your career development is important to us. Whether you decide to stay for a short time or want to complete a full career your training and personal development will be a priority to us. All of the jobs that follow are on offer to you.

  • Combat Infantryman
  • Warrior Gunner/Driver
  • Reconnaissance
  • Sniper
  • Machine Gunner
  • Mortar Crewman
  • Anti-Tank Missiles

Op CABRIT - Estonia

The Royal Welsh are taking a leading role in NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Estonia on Op CABRIT.

Previous deployments:

  • Op HERRICK - Afghanistan
  • Op TELIC - Iraq

Our People

We are 96% Welsh and recruit from across Wales; many soldiers serve with relatives or close friends in the same Battalion. 

The Royal Welsh emulate the fine standards and traditions of its gallant forebears, to make it one of the finest Regiments in the British Army. Royal Welshmen are all part of one Welsh Regimental family. 

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Lt Matt Ixer
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Sgt Thomas Morris

Our Location

RHQ The Royal Welsh (Cardiff)

Maindy Barracks, Cardiff, CF14 3YE

RHQ The Royal Welsh

The Royal Welsh

I wanted to be a Welsh Warrior Ryan, 20

Our Role

The 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh operates as the Lead Armoured Infantry task force in the British Army; a new concept in Army 2020 and sees the Battalion regularly deploy to BATUS in order to remain at Full Operating Capability.

Members of the 1st Battalion have completed operational tours of both Iraq and Afghanistan and have recently deployed on Operation HERRICK 11 and Operation HERRICK 16. During Operation HERRICK 11, members of the battalion played a leading role spearheading Operation MOSHTARAK in order to clear insurgents from areas of central Helmand.

 

Through the years

The Royal Welsh was formed in 2006 by the amalgamation of The Royal Welch Fusiliers and The Royal Regiment of Wales, two distinguished infantry regiments of the line, whose legacy goes back to the year 1689. 

They, and their antecedent regiments have frequently fought side by side in great and bloody conflicts - especially during the two World Wars of the 20th century, and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

  1. 1689

    King William III charged Lord Herbert of Chirbury and Sir Edward Dering to each raise a regiment of foot for service in Ireland.

  2. 1879

    The 24th Regiment of Foot (SWB)

    immortal defence of Rorke’s Drift, at which the regiment was awarded seven Victoria Crosses.

  3. 1916

    Ten battalions were engaged in the battle of the Somme, including those in the 38th Division, which fought with great heroism at MametzWood.

  4. 1944

    Three Territorial battalions, the 4th, 6th and 7th, landed in Normandy as part of the 53rd (Welsh) Division. They fought across France, Belgium, and in Holland where they were engaged in the successful battle for ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

  5. 1951

    1 WELCH embarked for Korea as part of Commonwealth Division; included 5 officers and 100 men from RWF and 1 officer and 30 men from SWB.

  6. Post 2006

    1 RWELSH main body deployed to Afghanistan, Op HERRICK 11 as part of Op MOSHTARAK.

Our Locations

Meet The Royal Welsh

Explore our equipment

Warrior

388 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles currently in active service

Combat vehicles

L115A3 Long Range 'Sniper' Rifle

600 metres They are designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres.

Small arms and support weapons

81mm Mortar

5650 metres High explosive, smoke and illuminating rounds to a maximum range of 5650m.

Small arms and support weapons

COMBAT BODY ARMOUR

Armour Osprey assault body armour and Virtus body armour system.

Personal Equipment

General Purpose Machine Gun

GPMG The general purpose machine gun (GPMG) can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire role.

Small arms and support weapons

Guided Weapons

Anti-tank weapons The Javelin anti-tank weapon and the Next-generation light anti-tank weapon.

Small arms and support weapons

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Royal Welsh take on challenging exercise

Army Reservists from 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh recently spent two weeks in Germany on their Infantry Field Firing Camp.

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The Royal Welsh arrive in Estonia

Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh have deployed to Estonia, renewing the UK’s commitment to our NATO allies in Europe and standing ready to defend in the face of any potential aggression.

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Contact details

REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS THE ROYAL WELSH