The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) provides the armour capability of the British Army. It combines speed, momentum, firepower and reconnaissance capabilities with armoured fighting vehicles such as the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and Jackal Fighting Vehicle.
4 April 1939
We are physically and mentally prepared to succeed in complex and continually changing conditions, determined to seize and exploit fleeting opportunities and tactical and technical experts in all forms of mounted manoeuvre, from horses to tanks.
Our Regiments are serving in different countries around the world.
We have a strong ethos that enables our officers and soldiers to exploit the capabilities of their fighting vehicles and the speed of manoeuvre to outwit, outfight and outlast the enemy through shock action and reconnaissance.
Home of the Royal Armoured Corps.
Bovington Garrison (including Lulworth) is the point of origin of the RAC.
Each member of the crew contributes to the Commander's situational awareness. Johno, 22
The Regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps form the core of the British Army’s Mounted Close Combat capability.
The 10 Regular and 4 Reserve Regiments are descendants of the famous Cavalry Regiments who rode into battle on horseback and of the Royal Tank Regiment, who manned the very first tanks during the Great War (World War 1).
As one of the two Combat Arms, along with the Infantry, they are primarily focused on close combat through “closing with and destroying the enemy”.
Their core roles are Armour, Armoured Cavalry and Light Cavalry, as well as the ceremonial duties carried out by the Regiments of the Household Cavalry.
The Regiments of the Royal Armoured Corps are descendants of the famous Cavalry Regiments who rode into battle on horseback as heavy or light horsemen; and of the Royal Tank Regiment who manned the first tanks during the Great War.
The Corps was created by combining Cavalry units and the Royal Tank Corps (renamed Royal Tank Regiment).
As other Cavalry and Yeomanry units became mechanised, the Corps was enlarged.
The Reconnaissance Corps was absorbed into the Royal Armoured Corps.
HQ Armour Centre Opened
The Corps has 14 Regiments, 10 Regular and 4 Reserve.
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