Waterloo Lines

Summary

Waterloo Lines is a British Army barracks on Imber Road in Warminster, Wiltshire, England. It is currently home to a number of Army specialist training schools and a sizeable portion of the Headquarters Field Army (not to be confused with Army HQ in Andover).

Waterloo Lines
Warminster
Waterloo Lines is located in Wiltshire
Waterloo Lines
Waterloo Lines
Location within Wiltshire
Coordinates51°12′43″N 2°09′36″W / 51.212°N 2.160°W / 51.212; -2.160Coordinates: 51°12′43″N 2°09′36″W / 51.212°N 2.160°W / 51.212; -2.160
TypeBarracks
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built1945
In use1945–present
Garrison information
GarrisonWarminster Garrison

HistoryEdit

Waterloo Lines has its origins in the Battle School established near Barnard Castle in County Durham in 1941: it moved to Warminster in 1945[1] and was known as the School of Infantry until it was renamed the Land Warfare Centre in 1988.[2] The site, on the northern outskirts of the town, lies under the edge of Salisbury Plain and has access to the military training areas on the Plain. In 2009, the extent of the Warminster Training Centre site was 95 hectares (230 acres).[3]

Land Warfare CentreEdit

The history of Warminster's military garrison can be traced back to Roman Britain, when a small camp was on the site of the current Battlesbury Barracks. However, under the Options for Change programme following the Dissolution of the Soviet Union and subsequent end of the Cold War, Headquarters, Combined Arms Training Centre in Warminster was dual-headed as Headquarters, Warminster Garrison and Warminster Training Centre on 1 April 1993. This itself was formed from a merger of the defunct Headquarters School of Infantry and the Barracks, Warminster (today known as Battlesbury Barracks). All three of these elements merged into the Warminster Training Centre (WTC).[4]

On 4 May 1995, as part of the second phase of Options for Change, the Infantry Support Weapons Wing at Netheravon closed and its components moved to WTC as part of the Infantry Training Centre.[4]

On 1 April 2000, the newly appointed Director General, Training Support Command (Land) (now Director Land Warfare) set up his headquarters within WTC, thereby bringing back to Warminster a two-star Major General, a rank previously held by Director of Infantry. Subsequently, its subordinated HQ Army Training Estate also moved adjacent to it.[4]

The Combined Arms Training Centre was renamed to Land Warfare Training Centre in June 2000, which was further refined in 2002 to become Land Warfare Centre (LWC) with HQ Training Support Command (Land) becoming HQ LWC.[4]

Current unitsEdit

The units currently stationed at the camp include:

Ministry of DefenceEdit

British ArmyEdit

See alsoEdit

Other barracks within the Warminster area include:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Round and about" (PDF). Warminster Service Community Official Guide. p. 74. Archived from the original on 9 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Land Warfare Centre". Preserved tanks. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Defence Estate Development Plan 2009: Estate Baseline" (PDF). GOV.UK. Ministry of Defence. 3 July 2009. p. A-41. Retrieved 10 October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b c d "Warminster Garrison: Leisure Time" (PDF). British Army. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Salisbury Plain Training Area - COTEC". Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Head of Programmes for the Land Warfare Centre - Gov.uk". p. 3. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Small Arms School Corps Phase 2 & 3 Training". Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Specialist Weapons School". Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Gurkha Company (Tavoleto) Warminster Parade". Gurkha Brigade Association. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  10. ^ "RMA Sandhurst". Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Lockheed Martin Receives Two-Year Combined Arms Tactical Trainer Interim Support Contract". Lockheed Martin. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Equipment Changes Aim To Make Infantry Soldiers More Mobile". Forces News. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Household Cavalry Journal 2014 by RHG/D Reg Sec". p. 25. Retrieved 26 February 2021.