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
The regiment is currently working alongside a US battle group in Poland.
- Operation Althea (Bosnia)
- Operation Herrick (Afghanistan)
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 regiments are present at the battle of Waterloo
The 13th Light Dragoons are at the forefront of the Charge of the Light Brigade
Four regiments fight in World War I, both on horseback and in the trenches
At the Normandy landings, 13th/18th Hussars are the first Allied tanks to reach French soil
The Light Dragoons deploys to the Balkans on peacekeeping operations
The Light Dragoons
Address: Gaza Barracks, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, DL9 4AU Contact: 01748 872801