A formal parade saw the 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division drop ‘Armoured’ from its title and redesignate to 1st (United Kingdom) Division as part of the changes to be implemented under Army 2020.
In attendance were a number of former General Officer Commanding 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division including the guest of honour General Sir Peter Wall (the current Chief of the General Staff), Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Germany, Sir Simon McDonald, as well as dignitaries from both the German civilian and military communities.
In the coming year, the Division will not only begin its return to the UK from Germany, but it will also convert from an Armoured Division into the light-roled Adaptable Force (AF).
The AF will be a pool of Regular and Reserve forces that will routinely carry out wider engagements overseas, homeland resilience, have responsibility for public and ceremonial duties in addition to being at readiness to provide further capacity for enduring operations.
Ahead of the parade the current General Officer Commanding the Division, Major General James Chiswell said “Today is a poignant day as the Division loses the ‘Armoured’ from its title signifying our transition to our new role at the heart of the Adaptable Force, but one that also signifies new opportunities as the Army adjusts to meet the security challenges of the future.’
To reflect the Division’s historical armoured capability a large number of military vehicles were on display on the parade square, with musical support provided by the Band of The Royal Armoured Corps.