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This is the Operation Telic order of battle, which lists the British forces that took part in Operation Telic, including

Maritime forcesEdit

British Maritime Component Commander - Rear Admiral David Snelson (succeeded by Major General Tony Milton 16 April 2003)

Commander Amphibious Task Group - Commodore Jamie Miller

Support vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Air forcesEdit

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 VC10s 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.

Ground forcesEdit

Joint assetsEdit

  • National Support Element
    • 102 Logistics Brigade - Brigadier Shaun Cowlam
      • Headquarters 102 Logistics Brigade
      • 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

NotesEdit

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.

Special Forces elements of the British Army (Special Air Service) and Royal Marines (Special Boat Service) where also deployed but as the British government policy is not to comment on special forces activity, the exact details or elements deployed are officially unconfirmed.

The contribution of reservists to the deployment (some 9,500 of the 46,000 personnel involved in the warfighting phase and its immediate aftermath, the vast majority from the Territorial Army, and in significant number in the subsequent roulements) is understated by the order of battle, as the only units to deploy in their entirety were 202 Field Hospital (with augmentees from the other TAVR Field Hospitals), 131 Independent Commando Squadron of the Royal Engineers as well as A (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry) Squadron and W (Westminster Dragoons) Squadron of the Royal Yeomanry. The remainder were augmentees, called up individually from their units (which therefore do not feature in the order of battle) and employed to bring many of the units listed above up to their war-fighting strength.

Finally, 3 Commando Brigade had a United States Marine Corps unit, 15th MEU under its command in the initial stages of the war. This went back to American command around 25 March.

RoulementsEdit

1st Armoured Division remained in theatre, controlling UK ground forces until June 2003, when 3rd Mechanised Division's HQ arrived in theatre to take command of British forces. 3 Commando Brigade was the first of the combat units to return to the UK, followed by 16 Air Assault Brigade. 7 Armoured Brigade remained in theatre until they handed over to 19 Mechanised Brigade in June.

In November and December 2003, a second rotation of British forces occurred, with 3rd Division's HQ being replaced by a composite divisional HQ. 19 Mechanised Brigade was replaced with 20 Armoured Brigade. April 2004 saw the third change of forces. 20 Armoured Brigade was relieved by 1 Mechanised Brigade, and a new senior British military officer, Lieutenant General John McColl arrived in theatre to become deputy commander of the occupation land forces.

The end of October 2004 did see an important shift for the British forces. A battlegroup from the Black Watch deployed outside of the British area to Camp Dogwood south-west of Baghdad. This coincided with the next roulement of British forces, with 4 Armoured Brigade replacing 1 Mechanised Brigade.

1st Roulement (Operation TELIC II)Edit

  • National Support Element
    • 101 Logistic Brigade
      • 101 Logistics Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron
      • 27 Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
      • 9 Supply Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
      • 168 Pioneer Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
      • 4 Regiment, Royal Military Police
      • 33 Field Hospital
      • Elements from 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
      • Elements from 29 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
      • Elements from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
      • Elements from 1 Postal & Courier Service Group
  • Maritime Contribution
    • HMS Richmond (to July 2003)
    • HMS Sutherland (July 2003-October 2003)
    • HMS Norfolk (October 2003-March 2004)
    • HMS Kent
    • RFA Diligence
    • RFA Brambleleaf

2nd Roulement (Operation TELIC III)Edit

  • National Support Element
    • 4 General Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
    • 22 Field Hospital
    • Elements of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
    • Elements of 1 Regiment, Royal Military Police
    • Elements of 10 Transport Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • Elements of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • Elements of 17 Port & Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • Elements of 23 Pioneer Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • Elements of 24 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • Elements of 5 General Support Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps
  • Maritime Contribution
    • HMS Kent
    • HMS Norfolk (October 2003-March 2004)
    • HMS Grafton (March 2004-July 2004)
    • RFA Bayleaf

3rd Roulement (Operation TELIC IV)Edit

  • Senior British Military Representative (Iraq) - Lieutenant General John McColl
  • National Support Element
    • 8 Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps
    • 207 (V) Field Hospital relieved in 2004
    • UK Medical Group
      • 256 (City of London) Field Hospital (V)
      • Close Support Squadron, Royal Army Medical
    • Phoenix Battery, 32 Regiment, Royal Artillery Corps
    • Elements of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
    • Elements of 1 Regiment, Military Police
    • Elements of 6 Supply Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • Elements of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • Elements of 24 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • Elements of 29 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps
    • Elements of 1 General Support Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps
    • Elements of 104 (V) Regiment, Royal Artillery
    • Elements of 6 Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  • Maritime Contribution
    • HMS Grafton (March 2004-July 2004)
    • HMS Somerset (July 2004-November 2004)
    • HMS Echo
    • RFA Bayleaf

4th Roulement (Operation TELIC V)Edit

  • Senior British Military Representative (Iraq) - Lieutenant General John McColl
  • Maritime Contribution
    • HMS Somerset (July 2004-?)
    • HMS Cumberland
    • HMS Echo
    • RFA Bayleaf

5th Roulement (Operation TELIC VI)Edit

  • Senior British Military Representative (Iraq) - Lieutenant General John Kiszely (October 2004-April 2005) replaced by Lieutenant General Robin Brims (April 2005-October 2005) Replaced by Lieutenant General Nick Houghton
  • Maritime Contribution
    • HMS Marlborough (July 2004-March 2005)
    • HMS Argyll (March 2005-August 2005)
    • HMS Echo (to May 2005)
    • HMS Scott
    • RFA Bayleaf
    • RFA Diligence

6th Roulement (Operation TELIC VII)Edit

7th Roulement (Operation TELIC VIII)Edit

8th Roulement (Operation TELIC IX)Edit

9th Roulement (Operation TELIC X)Edit

Land Component

Sea Component

Air Component

10th Roulement (Operation TELIC XI)Edit

11th Roulement (Operation TELIC XII)Edit

12th Roulement (Operation TELIC XIII)Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Canberra PR.9 by Brett Green (Xtrakit 1/72)


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