army10a1 - Logistic Support Summary - British Army Logistic Brigades



"Wellington paid the greatest tribute to him (Sir William Beresford) when he declared that if he were removed by death or illness he would recommend Beresford to succeed him, not because he was a great general, but because he alone could 'feed an army'".

The Dictionary of National Biography

Logistic Overview

In the British Army logistic support is based upon the twin pillars of service support (the supply chain) and equipment support (the maintenance of equipment). Combat Service Support within the British Army is provided by the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC).

Within any fighting formation units from these Corps typically represent about 30 per cent of the manpower total of a division, and with the exception of certain members of the RAMC all are trained fighting soldiers.

The task of the logistic units on operations is to maintain the combat units in the field which entails:

  • Supply and Distribution of ammunition, fuel, lubricants, rations and spare parts.

  • Recovery and Repair - of battle damaged and unserviceable equipment.

  • Treatment and Evacuation - of casualties.

In an operational division the commanders of the logistic units all operate from a separate, self contained headquarters under the command of a Brigadier (or Colonel) who holds the appointment of the Division's Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS). This headquarters, usually known as the Divisional Headquarters (Rear), co ordinates the whole of the logistic support of the Division in battle.

Supplies, reinforcements and returning casualties pass through an area located to the rear of the division where some of the less mobile logistic units are located. This area is known as the Divisional Admin Area (DAA) and the staff are responsible for coordinating the flow of all materiel and personnel into and out of the Divisional Area.

Logistic Brigades

Three Logistic Formations support HQ Land Forces (Andover):

HQ 101 Logistic Brigade (Aldershot) supports 3 UK Division (Reaction Force).
HQ 102 Logistic Brigade (Grantham) supports 1 UK Division (Adaptable Force).
HQ 104 Logistic Brigade (South Cerney) supports Force Troops.

Details of these three formations are as follows:

101 Logistic Brigade (Aldershot)




Affilliated Reserve Unit

1st Regiment RLC Close Support Bicester  
3rd Regiment RLC Close Support Aldershot
4th Regiment RLC Close Support Abingdon  
9th Regiment RLC Theatre Support Hullavington 157 (Welsh) Transport Regt RLC (R) Cardiff
10th Queens Own Gurkhas Regt RLC Theatre Support Aldershot 151 Transport Regiment RLC (R) (Croydon)
27th Regiment RLC Theatre Support Aldershot 154 (Scottish) Transport Regt (RLC) (Dunfermline) & 156 Supply Regt RLC (R) Liverpool
1st Armoured Medical Regiment Casevac Tidworth  
4th Armoured Medical Regiment Casevac Aldershot  
5th Armoured Medical Regiment Casevac Tidworth  
3rd Armoured Close Support Bn REME Close Support Tidworth 105 Bn REME (R) Bristol
4th Armoured Close Support Bn REME Close Support Tidworth 103 Bn REME (R) (Crawley)
6th Armoured Close Support Bn REME Close Support Tidworth  
5th Force Support Bn REME Force Support Cottesmore  


HQ 102 Logistic Brigade (Grantham)




Affiliated Reserve Unit

6 Regiment RLC

Force Logistic Regiment


150 Transport Regiment (R) (Hull)

7 Regiment RLC

Force Logistic Regiment


158 Transport Regiment (R) (Peterborough)

159 Supple Regiment RLC (R)

Reserve Supply Regiment


2 Medical Regiment RAMC

Hybrid Regiment

North Luffenham

Comprises Reserves and Regulars

3 Medical Regiment RAMC Hybrid Regiment Preston Comprises Reserves and Regulars
225 (Scottish) Medical Regiment RAMc (R) Reserve Medical Regiment Dundee
254 (East of England) Medical Regiment RAMC (R) Reserve Medical Regiment Cambridge
1 Close Support Battalion REME Close Support Catterick 102 Bn REME (R) (Newton Aycliffe)
2 Close Support Battalion REME Close Support Leuchars 106 Bn REME (R) (Glasgow)
104 Battalion REME (R) Reserve Equipment Support Northampton

HQ 104 Logistic Brigade   (South Cerney)




Affiliated Reserve Unit

17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC

Port & Maritime

Marchwood 165 Port and Enabling Regiment RLC (R) (Plymouth)
29 Regiment RLC

Postal, Courier & Movements

South Cerney 162 Postal & Courier Regiment RLC (R) (Nottingham)
152 Fuel Support Regiment RLC (R) Reserve Unit Belfast  

167 Catering Support Regiment RLC (R)

Reserve Unit


2 Operational Support Group RLC (R) Reserve Unit Grantham  
101 Battalion REME Reserve Unit Wrexham  

Logistics within the Army is becoming increasingly complex due to the multi-dimensional threat faced in conflict. Close combat is often needed to achieve the logistic mission and a flexible, highly responsive logistic support network is needed to maintain the momentum for the fighting troops.

Defence does not exclusively use army logistics for the replenishment of our own troops and manoeuvrability to enable our sustainment role to work for others, such as local government and security forces, is becoming increasingly important. The use of the logistic capability to reinforce and assist with local infrastructure issues can be just as vital to winning the battle as the troops closing with the enemy in a more traditional role.