Armour in the Dales

Armour in the Dales is an annual event in North Yorkshire for owners of military vehicles that require a HLicence to be driven on the road

Seb Brady’s Chieftain MBT in Berlin Brigade urban camouflage

Armour in the Dales is a relatively new event established by David Forster, his wife Doris and others from the North East Military Vehicle Club (NEMVC). It takes place on the training grounds at Catterick Garrison with the support of the MoD, Landmark, MVT trained safety marshals and various other volunteers. This garrison is located near the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors in northern England, and the event started after permission to use parts of the 20,000 acres of military training area was obtained. The NEMVC was officially formed in August 1972 by a small group of Jeep owners and has existed ever since. Armour in the Dales was more recently established as a fundraising event for Help for Heroes and Catterick’s Phoenix House personnel recovery facility.

Catterick Garrison itself is an interesting place, being the largest garrison of the British Army and comprising several barracks. It primarily serves as a base for the 4th Mechanized Brigade and supports the Infantry Training Centre (ITC), the largest of the three centres in the UK. Originally known as Richmond Camp, it was a temporary training centre until the garrison was formalised in October 1915 and renamed as Catterick Camp the same year. It served as a detainment camp for 5,000 POWs during World War One before being used as a demobilisation centre, training centre and command depot.

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