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British Army: 2300AD Deployment Forces

Introduction

The bulk of the British regular army is assigned to a pool of forces dedicated for operations outside of the British Isles and across Terra. Some are stationed on British soil and others have garrison posts overseas but all are available for operations if required. Increasingly however as large numbers of British troops have been sent up-Arm to fight the Kafers the forces on Earth have slipped down the list of priorities in order to build up the expeditionary forces.

They are divided between the UK Joint Reaction Forces and I (British) Corps. The UKJRF is a joint service group of units that can be used as the spearhead of a British intervention anywhere world-wide. I (British) Corps is the heavy combat force of the British Army, capable of undertaking the most intense military operations against first rate enemy forces.

Index

I (British) Corps 1st Armoured Division 2nd Armoured Division 5th Armoured Division United Kingdom Joint Reaction Forces 1st Commando Division 15th Air Assault Brigade 16th Air Assault Brigade 1st Light Brigade

I (British) Corps

I Corps is based in Aldershot in the south-east of England. I Corps is designated to deploy anywhere on Earth with up to 3 British Divisions together with Allied forces in support of British interests. The Corps has an attached recce group. It is the main controlling force for British heavy combat operations, indeed with the departure of II Corps to the French it is the only major, on-Earth mobile headquarters. Historically I Corps is the longest established higher British HQ, being in existence since before 1900. Contingency planning is mainly concerned with European operations and possible expeditionary forces to the South Atlantic or South America in the event of a 4th Rio Plato War.

Corps Recce Group

I Corps CRG is a large body of recce formations, each with its own specialities available to the Corps. It is a 'golf bag' of units, both regular and TA, from which a tailored formation can be produced for any given deployment. It includes special forces, artillery observers, close recce infantry, urban recce and depth recce formations. The large size of the CRG is a result of many of the II Corps CRG leaving behind many of its units when it moved up arm.

16th/5th Lancers (16/5 L) The Queen's Own Yeomanry (QOY) The Royal Yeomanry (RY) 1st Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry (1 HLI) The Honourable Artillery Company (V) (HAC) 21 (Artists) Special Air Service Regiment (V) (21 SAS) 23 Special Air Service Regiment (V) (23 SAS) 1 Strategic Regiment, Royal Electronic Warfare and Security (1 REWS) Corps Artillery Group

The CAG is a formation including theatre air defence, ASAT and long range missile assets. Like the CRG it is a 'golf bag' unit including regulars and TA.

2 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery (2 RA) 15 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery (15 RA) 32 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery (32 RA) 27 Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (27 RA) 44 Orbital Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (44 RA) 105 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery (V) (105 RA) 114 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery (V) (114 RA)

1st Armoured Division

1 Armd Div is based in the south of England and is headquartered at Aldershot. It is currently understrength with the detachment of many of its assets with 1 (Guards) Armoured Brigade Group to the French Arm. It has been working closely with 17 (SE) Mech Bde from the UK Defence Force since the departure of 1 (Guards) Armd Bde.

Divisional Manouvre Groups

2nd Armoured Brigade

9th Royal Tank Regiment (9 RTR) 2nd Life Guards (2 LG)

4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (4 RRF) 1st Battalion, The Queen's Regiment (1 QUEENS)

3rd Armoured Brigade

8th Royal Tank Regiment (8 RTR) The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) (RHG) 1st Battalion, The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (1 A & SH) 2nd Battalion, The Black Watch (2 BW)

Divisional Recce Group

2nd Light Dragoons (15th/19th King's Hussars) (2 LD) 2nd Battalion, The Welsh Guards (2 WG)

Divisional Artillery Group

31 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery (31 RA) 8 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery (8 RA) 42 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery (42 RA) 16 Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (16 RA)

Divisional Air Group

2 Regiment, Army Air Corps (2 AAC)

Divisional Command Group 1 Armoured Command Regiment 101 Armoured Tactical Squadron, Royal Electronic Warfare and Security (101 REWS) 1 Armoured Regiment, Royal Engineers

2nd Armoured Division

2 Armd Div is stationed in the north of England and is headquartered at Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire. The division has trained primarily to intervene in the Low Countries, bolstering either the Netherlands or Flanders from either German or French intervention.

Divisional Manoeuvre Groups

4th Armoured Brigade

6th Royal Tank Regiment (6 RTR) 1st Wellon Armoured Regiment (1 WAR) ForEx 2 RTR 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (1 YORKS) 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (3 YORKS)

5th Armoured Brigade

4th Royal Tank Regiment (4 RTR) 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons (6 D)

1st Battalion, The Devon & Dorset Regiment (1 D&D) 1st Battalion, The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment (1 WFR)

6th Armoured Brigade

5th Royal Tank Regiment (5 RTR) 17th/21st Lancers (17/21 L) 2nd Battalion, The Royal Irish Rangers (2 RIR) 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers (1 CR)

Divisional Recce Group

4th/8th (Queen's Royal Irish) Hussars (4/8 H) 1st Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment (1 STAFFORD)

Divisional Artillery Group

9 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery (9 RA) 25 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery (25 RA) 26 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery (26 RA) 45 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery (45 RA) 30 Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (30 RA)

Divisional Air Group

3 Regiment, Army Air Corps (3 AAC) 4 Regiment, Army Air Corps (4 AAC)

Divisional Command Group

2 Armoured Command Regiment 102 Armoured Tactical Squadron, Royal Electronic Warfare and Security (102 REWS) 2 Armoured Regiment, Royal Engineers (2 ARMD RE)

5th Armoured Division

5 Armd Div is a unit that has returned from long service on Tirane some ten years ago, it is based in the north of England and Scotland and has its HQ in Edinburgh. Its initial role was as a general reserve force for Earth operations as part of II Corps. However with II Corps departure it has taken over 3 Armd Div's 'swing role' as first contingency reserve force for operations outside of Europe.

Divisional Manoeuvre Group

14th Armoured Brigade

1st (Royal) Dragoons (The Royals) (1 D) 2nd Battalion, The Dublin Fusiliers (2 DF) 1st Battalion, The Leinster Regiment (1 LR) 14 Regiment, Army Air Corps (14 AAC)

15th Armoured Brigade

6th Dragoon Guards (Scots Carabiniers) (6 DG) 2nd Battalion, Princess Margaret's Wellon Light Infantry (2 PMWLI) ForEx 2 R ANGLIAN 3rd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment (3 R ANGLIAN) 15 Regiment, Army Air Corps (15 AAC)

16th Armoured Brigade

3rd (Prince of Wales' Own) Dragoon Guards (3 DG) 1st Battalion, The Royal Scots (1 RS) 1st Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers (1 KOSB) 16 Regiment, Army Air Corps (16 AAC)

Divisional Recce Group

3rd/7th (Queen's Own) Hussars (3/7 H) 1st Battalion, The Scottish Rifles (1 SR) - detached 11 (Wellon) Armd Div

Divisional Artillery Group

39 Heavy Regiment, Royal Artillery (39 RA) 3 Medium Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (3 RHA) 18 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery (18 RA) 49 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery (49 RA) 22 Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (22 RA)

Divisional Command Group

5 Armoured Command Regiment 105 Armoured Tactical Squadron, Royal Electronic Warfare and Security (105 REWS) 5 Armoured Regiment, Royal Engineers (5 ARMD RE)

United Kingdom Joint Reaction Forces

The UKJRF are a grouping of units designated as lead elements of any British military intervention. They are based around brigade groups of infantry forces, which are organised to allow ease of movement. The heaviest equipped are the Commando Brigades which normally operate from the assault ships of the RN, and can draw upon heavy support from their divisional units. In addition to Army units the UKJRF is also able to call upon Royal Navy and Royal Air Force formations.

15 Air Assault Brigade is organised to act as either an entry force for European interventions or as a pivot force for I Corps in conventional operations. 16 Air Assault Brigade has recently re-equipped with Raven aerodynes and has immense flexibility for intervention missions anywhere in the world. 1 Light Brigade is tasked with either interventions or peacekeeping operations, however it has not yet recovered from its service on the French Arm against the Kafers.

1st Commando Division, Royal Marines

Based in Plymouth although with brigades widely dispersed in Arctic, Antarctic and now on the French Arm. The Commando Division has been the leading British intervention asset over the last two hundred years, a role it is only just handing over. The Commando Division is organised for amphibious landings in co-operation with the Royal Navy. The Cdo Div has recently re-organised its DRG with the heavy 3 RTR deploying off-world and being replaced by the battle hardened 4 DG. A close recce battalion has also been recently formed building on the expertise of M Squadron and the Brigade Recce Squadrons and has received the historic 41 Commando name.

3 Commando Brigade Group, RM

1 Recce Squadron, RM 35 Commando, RM (35 Cdo) 37 Commando, RM (37 Cdo) 71 Commando, RWM (71 Cdo) ForEx 33 Cdo RM 301 Assault Squadron, RM 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery (29 RA) 3 Commando Air Group (3 CAG) 59 Independent Commando Squadron, Royal Engineers 1 Commando Logistics Regiment (1 CLR)

5 Commando Brigade Group, RM

3 Recce Squadron, RM 52 Commando, RM (52 Cdo) 53 Commando, RM (53 Cdo) 58 Commando, RM (58 Cdo) 501 Assault Squadron, RM 50 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery (50 RA)

5 Commando Air Group (5 CAG) 61 Independent Commando Squadron, Royal Engineers 3 Commando Logistics Regiment (3 CLR)

Divisional Recce Group

4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards (4 DG) 41 Commando, RM (41 Cdo)

Divisional Command Group

1 Commando Division Command Group 201 Commando Tactical Squadron, Royal Electronic Warfare and Security (201 REWS) 1 Commando Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (1 RHA) 126 Commando Regiment (V), Royal Artillery (126 RA) 1 Commando Regiment, Royal Engineers (1 Cdo RE) 2 Commando Regiment, Royal Engineers (2 Cdo RE) 11 Commando Logistics Regiment (11 CLR)

15th Air Assault Brigade

This brigade is based in Colchester, England. It trains for interventions in the European continent and indeed was forward deployed to the Netherlands during the Franco-German War of 2292. Currently it is somewhat understrength as it has had to continuously find drafts for the Parachute Regiment battalions fighting on the French Arm.

Pathfinder Group 'Pegasus' 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (1 PARA) 4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) 17 Regiment, Army Air Corps (17 AAC) 18 Regiment, Army Air Corps (18 AAC) 19 Light Regiment, Royal Artillery (19 RA) 1 Assault Squadron, Royal Engineers

16th Air Assault Brigade

16 AA Bde is based at a series of bases around Dishforth in Yorkshire in the north of England. It has recently re-equipped with Raven aircraft, vastly increasing its operational radius. Troop levels have also suffered although the brigade is in better shape than 15 AA Bde.

Pathfinder Group 'Bruneval' 5th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (5 PARA) 102nd Battalion, The Royal Wellon Airmobile Regiment (102 RWAR) ForEx 3 PARA 19 Regiment, Army Air Corps (19 AAC) 20 Regiment, Army Air Corps (20 AAC) 23 Light Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (23 RHA) 2 Assault Squadron, Royal Engineers

1st Light Brigade Group

Currently based at Tidworth in England, 1 Light Bde formed a vital part of the legendary Light Division during the fighting on Beta Canum, but suffered heavily for it. The brigade has recently been relieved by a Wellonese brigade on Beowulf and has returned to Earth. Of the infantry battalions only 4 LI was part of the original complement, the other battalions have been moved to other duties in order to recover. To replace them two Irish battalions have been brought into the unit, and these are currently finishing their training as light battalions. 1 Light Bde is currently the UK contingency brigade for off-world operations on the American or Chinese Arms.

4 Recce Group 'Waterloo' 4th Battalion, The Light Infantry (4 LI) 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Rangers (1 RIR) 1st Battalion, The Royal Ulster Fusiliers (1 RUF) 40 Light Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (40 RA) 81 Field Squadron, 29 Regiment Royal Engineers