20 Armoured Brigade
The British Army’s 20 Armoured Brigade is based in Paderborn, northern Germany, as part of the 1st (UK) Armoured Division. Soldiers serving with the Brigade wear the insignia of a white mailed fist with a blue background – a symbol of the hard punch that an armoured formation gives the enemy.
The Brigade today consists of several famous regiments and battalions of the British Army, including The Queen’s Royal Hussars, a tank regiment equipped with the Challenger 2 main battle tank, and two armoured infantry battalions – The 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and The 5th Battalion The Rifles – both equipped with the Warrior Armoured Vehicles. 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards provide the reconnaissance role to the Brigade with their fast and agile Scimitar Armoured Vehicles.
The 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) is a Light Role Infantry Battalion operating almost entirely on foot. They are currently based in Catterick, North Yorkshire and are due to join the rest of the Brigade in Germany during summer 2008.
20th Armoured Brigade returned from a seven month tour of southern Iraq in November 2006. In recent years the Brigade has also served in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia in 1996 and 1999 and again in Iraq in 2004.