Fast, adaptable and leading from the front
The Light Dragoons is a light cavalry regiment in the Adaptive Force. It used to be fast horses that helped these multi-skilled soldiers to cover the battlefield quickly – today it’s the Jackal 2 armoured vehicle.
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Every soldier in the Light Dragoons is trained to use the Jackal 2 armoured vehicle, but they’re just as capable at operating on foot. These light cavalry troops also have expertise in a wide range of weaponry and communications equipment.
- Driving a Jackal 2 armoured vehicle
- Firing heavy and grenade machine guns
- Communicating with radios
- Gathering and passing on intelligence
- Commanding from the front
- Making judgement calls in tough situations
- Op NEWCOMBE (Mali) - 2020
- Op CABRIT (Poland) - 2017, 2018, 2020
- Op TORAL (Afghanistan) - 2018
- Op ALTHEA (Bosnia) - 2014
- Op HERRICK (Afghanistan) - 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
- Op TELIC (Iraq) - 2003, 2006
Soldiers in the Light Dragoons are mainly recruited from the North of England, earning them the nickname ‘England’s Northern Cavalry’. They have a well-earned reputation for being independent, resourceful and tough.
Since 2015, the Light Dragoons has been based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.
The Light Dragoons
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These light cavalry soldiers are tasked with preparing the way for the rest of the force. They are out in front carrying out many different roles, from scouting for information to engaging enemy targets.
They use Jackal 2 fighting vehicles and other tactical, lightweight equipment to deploy anywhere in the world – often at short notice. And the wide range of operations they tackle means they get to make use of their diverse skills in times of peace and times of conflict.
Past to Present
The Light Dragoons was first raised in the middle of the 18th century and quickly became noted for their scouting expertise and courage. Since then, the regiment’s reputation has grown through the key role it played in high profile deployments, from the Napoleonic Wars to World War II.
The 15th Light Dragoons becomes the first ever light cavalry regiment
Three antecedent regiments are present at the battle of Waterloo
At the Normandy landings, 13/18th Hussars are the first Allied tanks to land on French soil
The Light Dragoons are formed and immediately deploys on constant operations in the Balkans.
The regiment deploys twice to Iraq and four times to Afghanistan
The Light Dragoons becomes the first modern Light Cavalry regiment, deploying on operations to Afghanistan, Bosnia, Poland and Mali
The Light Dragoons
Address: Gaza Barracks, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, DL9 4AU Contact: 01748 872801
ROAD MOVE TO POLAND
List of equipment used
A HISTORIC medals ceremony took place today (13 October), in which two members of the Light Dragoons, deployed on Operation Cabrit in Poland, were awarded the Polish Armed Forces Medal for their work with the Polish Territorial Defence Forces (TDF).
Forty soldiers from the Light Dragoons have deployed to Whaley Bridge to help emergency services battling to reduce water levels at Toddbrook Reservoir.