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The Royal Tank Regiment

Fearless pioneers of modern warfare

Forged in the adversity of World War One, the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) is the oldest tank unit in the world. Its arsenal includes the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, the Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and the Bulldog 2 Armoured Personnel Carrier.




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Challenger 2

Our Skills

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’.

  • Close combat
  • Shock action
  • Aggressive mobile action
  • Destruction of enemy armour 
  • Surveillance 
  • Target acquisition
  • Reconnaissance
  • Conducting patrols

World wide

The Royal Tank Regiment is currently deployed on training exercises around the world.

Past Deployments: 

  • Operation Herrick (Afghanistan)
  • Operation Telic (Iraq)
  • Operation Cabrit (Estonia)

Our People

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.

Our Location

Aliwal Barracks

The Royal Tank Regiment is based in Tidworth, Wiltshire on Salisbury Plain.

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Our Role

The RTR 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 Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle to recce local terrain and seek out enemy units for destruction.

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Our Customs

The RTR have an unmistakeable brand throughout the Army as we wear black berets, black coveralls, and black boots. This is due to the Regiment working on armoured fighting vehicles and therefore require robust clothing that avoids stains.

The carrying of an ash plant in ceremonial uniform by officers is a tribute to the tank commanders who led their vehicles into battle on foot, testing the treacherous ground of No-Man’s Land using ash plants.

Squadron Leaders wear the name of their Squadrons on their coveralls and are referred to by the Squadron name as well.

RTR tanks each have a name which dates back to the names of the machine guns from the Heavy Branch of the Machine Gun Corps. The Squadron Leader’s tank is named after the name of their Squadron.

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Operation CABRIT

The RTR deployed on our first Operation Cabrit tour to Estonia in March 2021 with Badger Squadron deploying under the 1 Mercian Battlegroup. Included in the tour was Ex Spring Storm, a large scale deployment marking the end of the annual training cycle for Estonian conscripts.

The RTR Battlegroup replaced the 1 Mercian Battlegroup in September 2021 which saw Dreadnaught and Egypt Squadrons deploy. This deployment was extended allowing a Brigade level exercise. This was conducted across public land and was an opportunity to test the Battlegroup’s readiness.

Due to the extension to the RTR’s deployment, they overlapped with 1 Royal Welsh Battlegroup’s deployment in March 2022 which included Ajax Squadron - who deployed to Estonia from Germany. 

Past to Present

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.

  1. 1916

    The Heavy Section of the Machine Gun Corps is formed

  2. 1917

    The Regiment is given the official status of Tank Corps

  3. 1939

    The Royal Tank Corps becomes the Royal Tank Regiment

  4. 1959-60

    Various RTR regiments are amalgamated

  5. 1969

    The 5th Royal Tank Regiment is disbanded

  6. 2014

    The Royal Tank Regiment becomes a single battalion regiment

List of equipment used


The Challenger 2 is an all-weather platform that can operate in the day or night and has a variety of weapons to destroy enemy vehicles and infantry.

Combat vehicles


Used to transport combat medic technicians around the battlefield and to move the command and control cells behind the fighting troops.

Combat vehicles


CBRN FUCHS is able to detect Chemical, Radiological and Nuclear hazards through Area Survey and Reconnaissance

Reconnaissance vehicles


Up in the air Weighing 7-tonnes, the Panther is air transportable and can be underslung beneath a Chinook helicopter.

Protected patrol vehicles


Used in the reconnaissance role to find and mark targets to destroy. Equipped with their own anti-armour weapons, they can also pack a punch.

Combat vehicles

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Please feel free to contact us. We are keen to hear from individuals who have the skills to work with us.