29th April 2019

Sir Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to mark the 80th Anniversary of the founding of The Royal Armoured Corps.

Mark Lancaster, Minister of State for the Armed Forces: The 80th Anniversary of the founding of the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) was commemorated with a number of events on 4 April 2019. These included the unveiling of the RAC Gauntlet (a stainless steel statue of the "iron fist" RAC capbadge) at the Corps Headquarters, Allenby Barracks by the Colonel Commandant RAC, General Sir Chris Deverell, KCB MBE ADC, and the opening of the RAC 80 Exhibition "Long After the Battle" at the Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, attended by serving soldiers, members of the public and veterans from the Second World War.

In addition, armoured vehicles were positioned at several locations across the UK on the day to raise awareness of the Corps and its anniversary. Units deployed overseas posted imagery of their vehicles as part of the social media campaign under #RAC80.