The Royal Tank Regiment

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Episode 3 of 5

Duration: 30 minutes

The Royal Tank Regiment began as a top secret band of plumbers, electricians and mechanics brought together to break the stalemate of trench warfare in WWI. They revolutionised warfare and the regimental history of bravery and innovation inspires members of the regiment to this day.

  • The Royal Tank Regiment

    The Royal Tank Regiment

    The Royal Tank Regiment began as a top secret band of plumbers, electricians and mechanics brought together to break the stalemate of trench warfare in WWI. With access behind the scenes, we meet today’s soldiers and discover that the Regiment is still defined by the spirit of innovation and adaptability.

    The soldiers reveal to us that the Regiment’s most celebrated day is the anniversary of the battle in which the innovative new tactic of the mass tank attack was first successfully employed: the Battle of Cambrai. It revolutionized warfare.

    Cambrai Day is celebrated every year by the Royal Tank Regiment wherever they are in the world. We show the high-spirited celebrations in barracks and see the officers perform a play to explain the importance of the battle to the soldiers. Part of the day’s events is the reading of a special battle order that was given at Cambrai on the eve of the battle. It’s known as “Order No.6” and this year it was read out in Afghanistan where members of the regiment were on operations. The soldiers explain why the memory of this historic battle defines who they are and motivates them to this day.

    We also join a group of soldiers at their Regimental Museum where they get inside a WWI era tank. They compare it with the modern Challenger II, one of the most advanced tanks in the world. They pay tribute to their forbears who had to fight with such primitive technology.

    Finally, we join the regiment on Salisbury Plain as they train for their newest role – nuclear, chemical and biological warfare. With privileged access, archive footage and the soldier’s own words, this is a story of how the Regiment’s history continues to motivate its soldiers to fight, innovate and adapt.

  • The Chemical, Nuclear & Biological Defence Capability.

    The Chemical, Nuclear & Biological Defence Capability.

    Since the programme was made, the MOD has announced that in the very near future the Chemical, Nuclear & Biological defence capability will be transferred to the Royal Airforce Regiment. This decision is part of a number of Defence re-structuring measures following the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Credits

Narrator
Sean Pertwee
Narrator
Sean Pertwee
Director
Matt Cottingham
Director
Matt Cottingham
Executive Producer
Chris Granlund
Executive Producer
Chris Granlund

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