Forged in the adversity of World War I, the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) is the oldest tank unit in the world. After two years, I returned to the Regiment to capture a new series of portraits. The Royal Tank Regiment is the oldest tank unit in the world, forged out of the adversity of the First World War. The regiment is equipped with Challenger 2 tanks and based at Tidworth.
Royal Tank Regiment Portraits, Rory Lewis British Army Portrait Photographer
With a new series of portraits, I was excited to capture a new intake of officers and soldiers including Lieutenant Batt’s, the first female officer to pass out of Sandhurst in a combat role. Soldiers of RTR wear a black beret and black overalls, a custom reserved to the Regiment unlike any other tank regiment in the British Army. A black beret was selected as it would not show oil stains.