The Royal Tank Regiment
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The invasion of Iraq led to the deaths of 179 British personnel between March 2003 and February 2009. Tony Blair told the Chilcot Inquiry into the conflict he had “deep and profound regret” about the loss of life suffered by British troops and the countless Iraqi civilians. Some of the Britons who died were just 18 years-old.
Here is a roll of honour of the British personnel who died on service during Operation Telic in Iraq:
A specialist British Army unit which was disbanded several years ago is being brought back to life. Falcon Squadron, part of the Royal Tank Regiment, are experts in dealing with threats from chemical and other non-conventional weapons on the battlefield. Five years ago the unit was stood down and their role transferred to the RAF as part of defence cuts.
Sniffer vehicles testing potential CBRN threats
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, meanwhile, is suspected of using chemical weapons against civilians in Syria.
Falcon Squadron have been in Jordan taking part in Exercise Shamal Storm.
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BRITISH tanks are being designed with PlayStation-style controls to encourage video game geeks to join the Army.
GAME ON: Challenger II tank controls are similar to those of a PlayStation
Trainers say the Challenger II s firing mechanism is based on the Sony handset to make it more familiar to recruits. Army chiefs want to hire gamers because they make the best gunners. Lance Corporal Shannon Wood, who teaches recruits how to use tank weapons systems, says playing games such as Call Of Duty can be great training for warfare.
Shannon, 27, from Exeter, has served in Iraq with the Royal Tank Regiment during his seven years in the Army.
SIMILARITIES: The Challenger II s firing mechanism is based on the Sony handset
PREP: Army chiefs say playing games such as Call Of Duty can be great training for warfare
Imagine playing Call of Duty with the optic sights on that s close enough to what it s like on a tank gun
Shannon, former tank controller
He said: People don t think geeks make great soldiers but when it comes to gunners geeks are the best.
Imagine playing Call of Duty with the optic sights on that s close enough to what it s like on a tank gun.
Even the way the Army designs the controls is exactly like the PlayStation One controller how it sits and feels in your hands.
They knew what young lads were already familiar with. Army bosses are desperate to recruit new talent at all levels in the armed forces as the war on terror becomes more sophisticated.
HIRING: The Royal Tank Regiment are looking for skills from archaeologists to linguists
They are looking for a range of skills from social media experts to linguists and archaeologists. According to Lance Corporal Wood, plenty of brainpower is needed on the frontline too.
He said recruits have to be intelligent to understand and operate the weapons system on Challenger IIs, which have seen action in Iraq and are worth 4.2million each.
He said: There s some serious hardware in the Challenger II.
You first fire a laser which measures range, air pressure and wind. That calibrates all the criteria scientifically.
Then you fire your round, say a 120mm cannon. It s a fully stabilised weapons system that can fire to a range of up to 2000m, even while moving at 40mph.
To be a gunner, you need to understand all of that and be able to pick the right weapon for the job.
As I say, it s the perfect job for geeks.