Forged in the adversity of World War I, the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) is the oldest tank unit in the world. Its arsenal includes the Challenger 2 battle tank, the Scimitar reconnaissance vehicle, and the Spartan armoured personnel carrier.
2 August 2014
Whether mounted on a Challenger 2 tank or driving a Panther patrol vehicle, soldiers in the Royal Tank Regiment are experts in seizing the initiative. They engage in close combat and shock action against enemy forces, living up to their motto: ‘Fear Naught’.
The Royal Tank Regiment is currently deployed on training exercises around the world.
The Royal Tank Regiment recruits from across the UK, with an emphasis on the South West, Merseyside, London and Scotland. Wherever they’re from, RTR soldiers live by the regimental ethos of professionalism and excellence.
The Royal Tank Regiment is based in Tidworth, Wiltshire on Salisbury Plain.
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The Royal Tank Regiment specialises in shock action: the use of sudden, violent force to overwhelm and destroy the enemy, usually from the cockpit of a Challenger 2 main battle tank.
As well as providing a physical advantage, the Royal Tank Regiment plays an important psychological role: the sight of their Challenger 2 tanks rolling across the battlefield is both intimidating for the enemy and encouraging for fellow British Army forces.
The regiment also uses the Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle to assess local terrain and seek out enemy units for destruction.
Tanks were first used during the Battle of the Somme, and the creation of the Royal Tank Regiment soon followed. The regiment has been deployed on all major conflicts since the end of the World War II, during which time it has earned a reputation for fearlessness and professionalism.
The Heavy Section of the Machine Gun Corps is formed
The Regiment is given the official status of Tank Corps
The Royal Tank Corps becomes the Royal Tank Regiment
Various RTR regiments are amalgamated
The 5th Royal Tank Regiment is disbanded
The Royal Tank Regiment becomes a single battalion regiment