Royal Artillery

1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

Provide Armoured Artillery Support

1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery is an armoured artillery regiment.  Its primary role is to provide combat support to heavy armour formations.  Equipped with the AS90 self-propelled gun, 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery is capable of delivering indirect fire support at ranges of up to 24.7 kilometres. 

Although a young Regiment formed in only 1938, its sub-units date back to 1793 and have deployed in all major conflicts since the Anglo-French War. 

In our current role, providing armoured artillery support to the 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade, our soldiers are serving all over the globe.

 

Our Regiment

Facts & Figures

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Active From:

11 May 1938

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Role:

Reactive Force

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Specialism:

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Our Skills

1 RHA is an armoured artillery regiment equipped with the AS90 self-propelled gun.  We provide indirect fire support at distances up to 24.7 kilometres.  In this role we offer a diverse range of skills, including:

 

  • Artillery fire support – accurately firing 55 kilogram shells at range.
  • Target observation – observing and identify targets for artillery to strike.
  • Forward Air Control – directing combat aircraft to employ their weapons in support of ground troops.
  • Communications – utilising high tech communications equipment to pass voice messages and digital data
  • Logistics – moving manpower and equipment to critical points on the battlefield.

 

Current Deployment

“Everywhere” is the motto of the Royal Artillery and 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery lives up to this.

Recently the Regiment deployed on combat Operations in:

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan

1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery frequently deploys on training in:

  • The USA
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Belize
  • Austria

Currently the Regiment also provides specialist artillery and training advisors in: 

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Estonia
     

Our Location

Tidworth our present; Larkhill our future – Wiltshire is our home. 

Located in Tidworth, 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery has access to all the best South Wiltshire has on offer.  This includes the picturesque Cathedral City of Salisbury, Stonehenge, and Salisbury Plain Training Area; the largest military training ground in the UK.  
The Regiment’s prime position on the A303 puts it within two hours of London and in easy reach of the South Coast and West Country.

In 2019 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery will move to Larkhill.

Our History

  1. 1793

    A Battery (The Chestnut Troop) is formed. It is now the senior Battery in the Royal Regiment of Artillery.

  2. 1914

    Captain Bradbury, WO2 Dorrell and Sergeant Nelson all win Victoria Crosses for their heroics during WWI’s Action at Néry.

  3. 1938

    1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery is formed in Bulford, Wiltshire

  4. 1940-45

    During WWII the Regiment sees action in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

  5. 1965-76

    The Regiment deploys numerous times in support of the Aden Emergency and Op BANNER in Northern Ireland.

  6. 1996-2014

    European instability sees 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery deploy in support of NATO and UN missions in the Baltics.

    The Regiment deploys on combat Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan

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