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Operation Telic order of battle

This is the Operation Telic order of battle, which lists the British forces that took part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

British Forces Middle East HQ - Air Marshal Brian Burridge

27 helicopters were also sent to the area, a mixture of Pumas and Chinooks, although the breakdown of types within that number is yet to be determined. Beyond the Hercules aircraft that were based in theatre, virtually the whole of the rest of the Hercules fleet, the C-17 fleet, and those Tristars and VC10's that had remained based in the UK were involved in transport operations to and from the Persian Gulf. Please help to fill in any gaps in the information as new material comes to light.

  • GOC[?] 1st (UK) Armoured Division[?]
    • 30 Signal Regiment
    • Queen's Dragoon Guards
    • 1st Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment
    • 28 Regiment Royal Engineers
    • 1 General Support Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • 2 Close Support Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • 2nd Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    • 1 Close Support Medical Regiment
    • 5 General Support Medical Regiment
    • 1 Regiment Royal Military Police
    • Elements of 5 (STA) Regiment Royal Artillery
    • Elements of 33 (EOD) Regiment Royal Engineers
    • Elements of 32 Regiment Royal Artillery - Phoenix UAV's
    • 3 Commando Brigade[?] - Brigadier Jim Dutton
      • 59 Indepedent (Commando) Squadron Royal Engineers
      • 131 Independent (Commando) Squadron Royal Engineers (Volunteer)
      • 9 (Commando) Assault Squadron
      • 531 (Commando) Assault Squadron
      • 29 (Commando) Regiment Royal Artillery - 18 105mm howitzers
      • 40 Commando
      • 42 Commando
    • 7th Armoured Brigade[?] - Brigadier Graham Binns
      • 32 (Armoured) Regiment Royal Engineers
      • 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery - 32 AS-90 155mm howitzers
      • Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Battlegroup, incuding elements of 1st Battalion Irish Guards - 42 Challenger 2's, 28 Warriors
      • 2nd Royal Tank Regiment Battlegroup, including elements of 1st Battalion The Light Infantry - 42 Challenger 2's, 28 Warriors
      • Black Watch Battlegroup, including elements of Queen's Royal Lancers - 14 Challenger 2's, 42 Warriors
      • 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Battlegroup, including elements of Queen's Royal Lancers - 14 Challenger 2's, 42 Warriors
    • 16 Air Assault Brigade[?] - Brigadier 'Jacko' Page
      • 7 (Parachute) Regiment Royal Horse Artillery - 18 105mm howitzers
      • 23 Engineer Regiment
      • D Squadron Household Cavalry Regiment
      • 3rd Regiment Army Air Corps
      • 7 Air Assault Battlion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
      • 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
      • 16 Close Support Medical Regiment
      • 156 Provost Company Royal Military Police
      • 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment
      • 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment
      • 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment
    • 102 Logistics Brigade[?] - Brigadier Shaun Cowlam
      • 2 Signal Regiment
      • 36 Engineer Regiment
      • 33 Field Hospital
      • 34 Field Hospital
      • 202 Field Hospital (Volunteer)
      • 4 General Support Medical Regiment
      • 3 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
      • 6 Supply Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
      • 7 Transport Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
      • 17 Port and Maritime Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
      • 23 Pioneer Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
      • 24 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
      • 5 Regiment Royal Military Police
      • Elements of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment

It should be noted that when a battalion is referred to as a battlegroup, it is not purely made up of units from the parent unit, but is an integrated team, combining armoured units with tanks, and mechanised infantry with infantry fighting vehicles. Also, whilst 16 Air Assault Brigade is apparently the only fighting brigade listed with its own organic helicopter support in this order of battle, 3 Commando Brigade had the helicopters on board Ocean and Ark Royal to call upon, and 7th Armoured Brigade wasn't really air mobile as a formation. There were also the RAF Pumas and Chinooks mentioned above for transport purposes. Finally, 3 Commando Brigade had a United States Marine Corps unit, 15th MEU[?] under its command in the intial stages of the war. This went back to American command around 25 March.

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