This is a work of fiction created for the Twilight 2000 Role Playing Game. Original material © Dave Ross

British Army Global Order of Battle, 01 December 1996

SACEUR


5th Airborne Brigade

B Squadron, Life Guards (Recce)

1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment

2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment

2nd Battalion, 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles

7 Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery

36 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers


11th Signal Brigade

31st (London) Signal Regiment (TA)

33rd (Lancs and Cheshire) Signal Regiment (TA)

35th (South Midlands) Signal Regiment (TA)


United Kingdom Special Forces

21 Special Air Service Regiment (TA)

22 Special Air Service Regiment

23 Special Air Service Regiment (TA)

Honourable Artillery Company (TA)

Special Boat Service, Royal Marines

Commachio Group, Royal Marines


British Army of the Rhine


HQ, BAOR

10 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

14 Topographic Squadron, Royal Engineers

40 Army Support Group, Royal Engineers

12th Helicopter Flight, Army Air Corps


4th Signal Group

13th Signal Regiment (Radio)

14th Signal Regiment (EW)

16th Signal Regiment

21st Signal Regiment (Air Support)

28th Signal Regiment


12th Signal Brigade

34th (Northern) Signal Regiment (TA)

36th (Eastern) Signal Regiment (TA)

40th (Ulster) Signal Regiment (TA)


I British Corps

7th Signal Regiment

22nd Signal Regiment (Air Formation)

664 Squadron, Army Air Corps

4th / 5th Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers (TA)

4th Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters (TA)


44th Parachute Brigade (TA)

4th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (TA)

10th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (TA)

15th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (TA)


Artillery Brigade

5 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery

32 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery

39 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery

50 Missile Regiment, Royal Artillery

1st Battalion, London Regiment (TA)


7 Air Defence Brigade, Royal Artillery

o 12 Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery

o 22 Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery

o 102 (Ulster) Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (TA)

o 103 (Lancashire) Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (TA)

o 104 Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (TA)

o 105 (Scottish) Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (TA)


29th Engineer Brigade

23 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers

25 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers

28 Amphibious Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers

32 Armoured Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers

33 (EOD) Regiment, Royal Engineers

39 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers (Air Field Support) [Note 1]


30th Engineer Brigade

The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (TA)

71 (Scottish) Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers (TA)

72 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers (TA)

73 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers (TA)

74 (Antrim Artillery) Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers (TA)

75 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers (TA)



1st Armoured Division

Queen’s Dragoon Guards (Recce)

4th Battalion, Royal Green Jackets (TA)

7th Armoured Brigade

o Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

o 2nd Royal Tank Regiment

o 2nd Battalion, Regiment of Fusiliers

12th Armoured Brigade

o 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards

o 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rangers

o 1st Battalion, Royal Green Jackets

22nd Armoured Brigade

o Queen’s Own Hussars

o 4th Royal Tank Regiment

o 1st Battalion, Scots Guards

o 2nd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment

1 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery

4 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

40 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

21 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers



3rd Armoured Division

9th / 12th Royal Lancers (Recce)

3rd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders (TA)

4th Armoured Brigade

o 14th / 20th King’s Hussars (Less C Sqn)

o 15th / 19th King’s Royal Hussars

o 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards

6th Armoured Brigade

o 1st Royal Tank Regiment

o 1st Battalion, Royal Highland Fusiliers

o 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

33rd Armoured Brigade

o Royal Hussars

o 1st Battalion, Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire

o 1st Battalion, Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

2 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

19 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

47 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

26 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers



4th Armoured Division

16th / 5th Queen’s Royal Lancers (Recce)

11th Armoured Brigade

o 3rd Royal Tank Regiment

o 2nd Battalion, Queen’s Regiment

o 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

o 5th Battalion, Queen’s Regiment (TA)

20th Armoured Brigade

o Blues and Royals

o 4th / 7th Royal Dragoon Guards

o 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rangers

o 5th / 8th Battalion, King’s Regiment (TA)

19th Infantry Brigade

o 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Border Regiment

o 3rd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment

o 2nd Battalion, Light Infantry

51st (Highland) Infantry Brigade (TA)

o 3rd Battalion, Royal Highland Fusiliers (TA)

o 3rd Battalion, Black Watch (TA)

o 3rd Battalion, Queen’s Own Highlanders (TA)

3 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery

45 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

49 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

35 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers



2nd Infantry Division

4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rangers (TA)

5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rangers (TA)

4th Battalion, Queen’s Lancashire Regiment (TA)

5th Battalion, Royal Green Jackets (TA)

24th Airmobile Brigade

o 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

o 1st Battalion, Black Watch [2]

o 1st Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters

15th Infantry Brigade (TA)

o Queen’s Own Yeomanry (Recce)

o 6th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

o 7th Battalion, Light Infantry

o 8th Battalion, Light Infantry

o 4th / 5th Battalion, Green Howards

o 3rd Battalion, Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire

49th Infantry Brigade (TA)

o Royal Yeomanry (Recce)

o 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

o 5th Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment

o 7th Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment

o 5th Battalion, Light Infantry

o 3rd Battalion, Staffordshire Regiment

27 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

100 Regiment, Royal Artillery (TA)

101 Regiment, Royal Artillery (TA)

38 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers


Berlin Brigade [3]

o C Squadron, 14th / 20th King’s Hussars

o 1st Battalion, King’s Regiment

o 1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment

o 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment



United Kingdom Land Forces


HQ, UKLF

10th Signal Regiment


London District

Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment [4]

A Squadron, Life Guards [4]

2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards [4]

1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards [4]

2nd Battalion, Scots Guards [5]

1st Battalion, Welsh Guards [4]

2nd Battalion, London Regiment (TA)

16 Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery

101 (London) Engineer Regiment (EOD) (TA)


1st Mechanised Brigade [6]

17th / 21st Lancers (Recce; A and D Sqns only)

B Squadron, 13th / 18th Royal Hussars

1st Battalion, Devonshire and Dorset Regiment

1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders

5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment (TA)

26 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

22 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers


2nd (South East) Infantry Brigade

The London Yeomanry (TA) (Recce)

3rd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets

6th / 7th Battalion, Queen’s Regiment (TA)


42nd (Northwest) Infantry Brigade

Duke of Lancaster’s Yeomanry (TA)

3rd Battalion, Light Infantry [7]

4th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Border Regiment (TA)

3rd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (TA)


43rd (Wessex) Infantry Brigade

Royal Wessex Yeomanry (TA)

4th / 5th Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment (TA)

4th Battalion, Devonshire and Dorset Regiment (TA)

6th Battalion, Light Infantry (TA)

4th / 6th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment (TA)


52nd (Lowland) Infantry Brigade

1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Highlanders [5]

8th / 9th Battalion, Royal Scots (TA)

7th / 8th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (TA)


54th (East Anglian) Infantry Brigade

1st Battalion, Royal Regiment of Wales [7]

6th Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment (TA)

3rd Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (TA)

4th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment (TA)


143rd (West Midlands) Infantry Brigade

Queen’s Own Mercian Yeomanry (TA) (Recce)

3rd Battalion, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters (TA)


160th (Welsh) Infantry Brigade

3rd Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers (TA)

4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Wales (TA)


Royal Armoured Corps Centre Resident Regiment

Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars


Infantry Training Centre Resident Battalion

A Squadron, 13th / 18th Royal Hussars

1st Battalion, Green Howards (Less C Company) [7]


Royal School of Military Engineering

24 Independent Squadron, Royal Engineers

1 RMSE Regiment, Royal Engineers

3 RMSE Regiment, Royal Engineers


School of Artillery Resident Regiment

14 Regiment, Royal Artillery


Royal Signals Training Regiment

11th Signal Regiment


2nd Signal Brigade (National Communications)

32nd (Scottish) Signal Regiment (TA)

37th (Wessex and Welsh) Signal Regiment (TA)

38th (Sheffield) Signal Regiment (TA)

39th (Skinners) Signal Regiment (TA)

71st (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment (TA)



Northern Ireland


HQ, Northern Ireland

15th Signal Regiment


3rd Infantry Brigade

1st Battalion, Light Infantry [7]

1st Battalion, Staffordshire Regiment [7]

8th Infantry Brigade

3rd Battalion, Queen’s Regiment [7]

1st Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers [8]

39th Infantry Brigade

2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards [7]

1st Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers [7]

1st Battalion, Queen’s Regiment [9]



Norway


UK Contingent, Allied Mobile Force (Land)

o B Squadron, 17th /21st Lancers (Recce)

o 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets

o 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment [10]

o 5 (Gibraltar 1779 – 1783) Battery, Royal Artillery


3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines

o C Squadron, Life Guards (Recce)

o Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre

o 40 Commando, Royal Marines [11]

o 42 Commando, Royal Marines

o 45 Commando, Royal Marines

o 1st Battalion, Royal Netherlands Marines Corps

o 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery

o 59 Commando Squadron, Royal Engineers



Middle East


25th Infantry Brigade

o C Squadron, 17th / 21st Lancers (Recce)

o 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers [12]

o 1st Battalion, 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles

o 1st Battalion, 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles


Cyprus


Sovereign Base Area West

1st Battalion, Irish Guards

62 Squadron, Royal Engineers


Sovereign Base Area East

3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Wales (TA) [13]


Agios Nikolaos Station (Operated on behalf of GCHQ)

9 Signal Regiment, Royal Signals

33 Signals Unit, Royal Air Force


UN Forces [14]

o Recce Troop, 13th / 18th Royal Hussars

o  B Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment



Brunei

o Jungle Warfare Training Centre

o 1st Battalion, 10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles



Falkland Islands

o C Company, 1st Battalion, Green Howards

o Falkland Islands Defence Force



Gibraltar

o 1st Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment

o The Royal Gibraltar Regiment (Reserve)



Canada

C Squadron, 13th / 18th Royal Hussars

1st Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment (Less B Company)

1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment



Hong Kong


41 Commando, Royal Marines

The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers

The Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers)


48th (Gurkha) Infantry Brigade

1st Battalion, Royal Scots

1st Battalion, 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles

2nd Battalion, 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles

2nd Battalion, 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles



Notes


1. Under operational control of RAF Germany


2. Withdrawn from roulement tour of Northern Ireland Nov 1996


3. Not subordinate to BAOR


4. Forms part of HMG Special Duties Force in time of War


5. Deployed to Europe as reinforcements prior to Operation Advent Crown


6. UKLF Strategic Reserve


7. Deployed to Europe as part of 5th Infantry Dvn, summer 1998; NI units withdrawn from NI during 1997, to be replaced by UDR Battalions


8. On roulement from 2nd Infantry Brigade; will rejoin 2nd Bde Dec 1996


9. On roulement from 1st Infantry Brigade; will rejoin 1st Bde January 1997


10. Transferred from roulement tour of Northern Ireland to AMF(L) Nov 1996 following withdrawal of Belgian contingent; will transit to Middle East summer 1997


11. Withdrawn from roulement tour of Northern Ireland Oct 1996


12. Transferred from Cyprus Aug 1996; replaced with 3 RRW


13. TA unit with BAOR tasking; deployed to Cyprus Aug 1996 as contingency measure to replace 1 KOSB


14. UN Forces not under national command.

This section is intended to give an overview of the structure of the British Army on the eve of World War 3, focusing on the combat arms (Royal Armoured Corps, Infantry, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, and Special Forces). It is based on the British Army order of battle posted on the Tank Net forum (as part of the NATO order of battle), with a few tweaks to fit the Twilight 2000 timeline. It is not intended to be an order of battle for the real life British Army in December 1996, which was affected by Options for Change and the post Cold War drawdown.