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The 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2 RTR) was an armoured regiment of the British Army. It was part of the Royal Tank Regiment, itself part of the Royal Armoured Corps and the 1st Mechanized Brigade.

2nd Royal Tank Regiment
Cap badge of the Royal Tank Regiment.
Active28 July 1917– August 2014
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
RoleArmoured regiment
Part ofRoyal Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQAliwal Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire
Motto(s)Fear Naught
ColorsBrown, red and green (Through mud and blood to the green fields beyond)
MarchQuick: My Boy Willie
Slow: The Royal Tank Regiment Slow March
AnniversariesBattle of Cambrai (20 November)
EngagementsWorld War I
World War II
Battle honoursBattle Honours
Colonel-in-ChiefHM The Queen
Hugh Elles
Tactical Recognition FlashRoyal Tank Regiment (tactical recognition flash).PNG



2 RTR Badger during live fire training exercises in 2004 on Bergen-Hohne Training Area (Germany) near the Fallingbostel station

Founded as B Battalion, Tank Corps in 1917, the 2 RTR first saw action in World War I with the advent of tank technology. In 1992, it merged with the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, keeping their own original title. It became the second regiment to be equipped with the Challenger 2 in 1998.[1]

Sabre squadrons were deployed by the regiment to Iraq on Operation Telic in 2003 and 2007.[2][3] After a long period in Fallingbostel, Germany, the regiment moved back to Aliwal Barracks in Tidworth in July 2007.[4] On 25 June 2008 at Buckingham Palace, both 1RTR and 2RTR were presented with their new Standard by The Queen, which included the new Battle Honour of Al Basrah 2003.[5]

Units were deployed to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick in 2010.[6]

In August 2014 the regiment merged with 1RTR to form the Royal Tank Regiment. The new regiment is based at Aliwal Barracks in Tidworth and is one of three armoured regiments equipped with the Challenger II tank.[7]


The Armoured Regiment consisted of 5 Squadrons:[8]

  • Nero Squadron - Headquarters and Support
  • Cyclops Squadron - Armoured Squadron
  • Badger Squadron - Armoured Squadron
  • Egypt Squadron - Armoured Squadron
  • Falcon Squadron - Armoured Reconnaissance Squadron


  1. ^ "2nd Royal Tank Regiment". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Badger". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Cyclops". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Agreement reached with Aspire Defence Limited". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  5. ^ "House of Commons – Hansard Written Ministerial Statements for 10 Nov 2005 (pt 1)". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 10 November 2005. col. 21WS–22WS.
  6. ^ "Eygpt". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  7. ^ Regular Army basing announcement Archived 2016-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "2nd Royal Tank Regiment Today". 13 October 2008. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2018.

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