Land Command

Land Command


The headquarters was the direct descendent of the late Cold War Headquarters UK Land Forces, which in turn was formed from the renamed Strategic Command in 1972. (It was Southern Command until 1968.) It is located at Erskine Barracks, Wilton, Wiltshire, but in time will amalgamate with Headquarters Adjutant General under 'Project Hyperion' and probably move to the former RAF Andover site, now used by other MOD bodies.[1] The amalgamation was carried out on 1 April 2008.

Commander-in-Chief Land Command (CINCLAND) is also the Standing Joint Commander (UK) or SJC(UK), responsible for overall command to MOD contributions to national crisis response activities with the United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland).[2]

[edit] Divisions and Districts

Land Command was initially divided up into eight formations, each one commanded by a Major General, and several smaller units including the training units and training support units in Belize, Brunei, Canada (Suffield for armoured battlegroups and Wainwright for infantry units) and Kenya. The reduction of army districts announced in December 1998 reduced that to six, with Scotland and London losing their formal district status. While London District was reduced to a Brigade headquarters, with the retention of a Major General commanding and its "District" title, it seems likely that it retains an importance considerably surpassing the normal regional brigade HQ.

Land Command was later divided in 2003, under the LANDmark reorganisation, into two suborganisations, Field Army and Regional Forces, that paralled the Cold War structure of UKLF.[3] Commander Field Army has 2 deployable Divisions (1st Armoured Division, 3rd Mechanised Division), Theatre Troops, Joint Helicopter Command, and DGTS LWC under him, while Commander Regional Forces is responsible for 3 regenerative Divisions (2nd Division, 4th Division, 5th Division), London District, and UK Support Command Germany. In 2007 it was announced that a...

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