20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom)

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The 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (The Iron Fist) is an armoured infantry brigade formation of the British Army, currently based at Antwerp Barracks, part of Westfalen Garrison, northern Germany, as part of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division.wikipedia
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Westfalen Garrison

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The 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (The Iron Fist) is an armoured infantry brigade formation of the British Army, currently based at Antwerp Barracks, part of Westfalen Garrison, northern Germany, as part of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division. As a result of the restructuring, in December 1992, the Brigade merged with the 33rd Armoured Brigade and moved its headquarters to Barker Barracks, Paderborn, where it came under the command of the 1st (UK) Armoured Division.
It is the home of 20th Armoured Brigade and most of its subordinate units.

6th Armoured Division (United Kingdom)

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The Brigade was reorganised and acquired the 2nd Battalion, The Rangers on 16 October 1940 when it came under the command of the 6th Armoured Division, under Major-General John T. Crocker, whose insignia was a white mailed fist with a black background.
The division initially had the 20th and 26th Armoured Brigades under command, as well as the 6th Support Group.

Northamptonshire Yeomanry

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The Brigade initially served under the Southern Command and its original regiments were the 1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, and 1st and 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry.
Both Regiments formed part of 20th Light Armoured Brigade (TA) and were mobilised on 1 September 1939.

John Crocker

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The Brigade was reorganised and acquired the 2nd Battalion, The Rangers on 16 October 1940 when it came under the command of the 6th Armoured Division, under Major-General John T. Crocker, whose insignia was a white mailed fist with a black background.
Crocker's new division, initially composed of the 20th and 26th Armoured Brigades, along with the 6th Support Group, was formed in Southern Command and, under its perfectionist GOC, trained intensively, with Crocker ensuring that all ranks knew their jobs before moving on to large-scale exercises.

3rd Division (United Kingdom)

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The 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (The Iron Fist) is an armoured infantry brigade formation of the British Army, currently based at Antwerp Barracks, part of Westfalen Garrison, northern Germany, as part of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division.

British Forces Germany

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By 1994, the overall troop strength in Germany had been halved and BAOR was replaced by British Forces Germany (BFG).
With restructuring under the Army 2020 change programme and with units rebasing, the majority of the remaining British service personnel in Germany are part of 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade.

Sennelager

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It returned to Paderborn in December 1999, and moved to their current location in Antwerp Barracks, Sennelager on 20 August 2001.
It is now the location of a British army barracks, where the 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade are currently based.

4th Infantry Division (United Kingdom)

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The Brigade survived as the new 20th Armoured Brigade Group, initially under the command of the 4th Infantry Division, and moved to Hobart Barracks, Detmold.
The Division was reformed from 11th Armoured Division on 1 April 1956, and took on 20th Armoured Brigade Group from the disbanding 6th Armoured Division in May 1958.

Queen's Royal Hussars

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Queen's Royal Hussars (Armoured)
The regiment is currently based in Sennelager, Germany, where it is the armoured regiment for 20th Armoured Brigade, part of British Forces Germany.

Multi-National Division (South-West) (Bosnia)

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In October 1996, the Brigade returned to FRY as part of Multi-National Division (South-West).
Multi-National Division (South-West) included a British brigade (4th Mechanized Brigade from October 1995, 1st Mechanized Brigade from April 1996, 20th Armoured Brigade from October 1996 and 7th Armoured Brigade from April 1997) as well as Canadian and Dutch units.

Hobart Barracks

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The Brigade survived as the new 20th Armoured Brigade Group, initially under the command of the 4th Infantry Division, and moved to Hobart Barracks, Detmold.
It became the garrison of 20th Armoured Brigade of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) around April 1958, who used the airfield (known as Hobart Barracks) for army observation flights.

1st (United Kingdom) Division

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The Brigade subsequently moved to Surrey in June, where it was assigned to the 1st Armoured Division at the end of the month, which was being reorganised after it had returned depleted from Dunkirk. As a result of the restructuring, in December 1992, the Brigade merged with the 33rd Armoured Brigade and moved its headquarters to Barker Barracks, Paderborn, where it came under the command of the 1st (UK) Armoured Division.
20th Armoured Brigade (The Iron Fist)

33rd Armoured Brigade (United Kingdom)

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As a result of the restructuring, in December 1992, the Brigade merged with the 33rd Armoured Brigade and moved its headquarters to Barker Barracks, Paderborn, where it came under the command of the 1st (UK) Armoured Division.
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, in December 1992, the brigade was merged with the 20th Armoured Brigade and disbanded as part of the Options for Change programme.

The Rifles

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5th Battalion, The Rifles (Armoured Infantry)
5th Battalion - redesignation of the 1st Battalion, The Light Infantry. configured in the armoured role as part of 20th Armoured Brigade, it will remain as a Warrior battalion under Army 2020. Personnel are based at Bulford Camp.

Michael Walker, Baron Walker of Aldringham

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1987–1989 Brigadier Michael Walker
He was promoted to brigadier, unusually having never held the rank of colonel, and took command of 20th Armoured Brigade in Germany before becoming I Corps chief of staff.

Nick Carter (British Army officer)

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2004–2005 Brigadier Nick Carter
After service in Afghanistan, he took command of 20th Armoured Brigade in 2004 and commanded British forces in Basra.

Operation Telic

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In October 2003, the Brigade first deployed to southern Iraq on Operation Telic 3, where it was based at Basra Palace.
A further rotation of ground troops occurred in November 2003, with 19 Mechanised Brigade relieved by 20th Armoured Brigade; 20th Armoured Brigade in its turn being relieved by 1 Mechanised Brigade.

Robert Hinde (British Army officer)

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1942 Brigadier William Hinde
From 26 August 1942 to 7 December 1942 Commanding Officer 20th Armoured Brigade

Jack d'Avigdor-Goldsmid

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1958–1961 Brigadier James d'Avigdor-Goldsmid
He was given command of 20th Armoured Brigade in 1958.

John Hackett (British Army officer)

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1954–1956 Brigadier John Hackett
After attending Staff College in 1951, he was appointed to command the 20th Armoured Brigade and, on being promoted to Major General, assumed command of the 7th Armoured Division.

Richard Ward (British Army officer)

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1963–1965 Brigadier Richard Ward
He was made Commander of 20th Armoured Brigade in 1963 and General Officer Commanding 1st Division in 1965.

Maurice Robert Johnston

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1973–1975 Brigadier Maurice Johnston
He was Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff from 1968 to 1971 and commanding officer the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, 1971 to 1973, before promotion to brigadier, and command of the 20th Armoured Brigade from 1973 to 1975.

John Wilfred Stanier

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1969–1970 Brigadier John Stanier
He joined the staff of the Imperial Defence College in December 1968, and was then promoted two ranks to brigadier on 31 December 1969 and took command of 20th Armoured Brigade in the British Army of the Rhine in January 1970.

Nick Parker

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1997–1999 Brigadier Nick Parker
Parker was promoted to brigadier in December 1997, with seniority from 30 June 1997 and given command of 20th Armoured Brigade, which deployed to Bosnia in 1999.

Evelyn Fanshawe

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1939–1942 Brigadier Evelyn Fanshawe
In 1939 he was appointed Commander of the 20th Armoured Brigade and following promotion to Major General he held the post of the Armoured Training and Commander of the Royal Armoured Corps Training Establishment from 1942 to the end of the War.