Chatting with ‘The Challenger’

Phil Loder talks with Richard Cutland – Royal Tank Regiment veteran, video presenter and head of Military Relations at

Richard in the turret of The Tank Museum’s Challenger 1

Richard ‘The Challenger’ Cutland will be familiar to many military vehicle enthusiasts from videos, Museum live streams and the Tank Nuts podcast interviews. Following a 30-year career in the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR), he joined in 2012 and holds the senior position of head of Military Relations.

Born in Dorset, Richard spent his teens in the village of Bere Regis, a stone’s throw from The Tank Museum, and while living there visited the museum for the first time. He became fascinated by tanks and, not long before he turned 16, his father dropped him off at Bovington to join the Junior Leaders Regiment of the Royal Armoured Corps.

Following his training, Richard started with 3 RTR and operated the Chieftain, Challenger I and Challenger II, as well as the Ferret scout car and Scorpion. He also served as a gunnery instructor at the Lulworth ranges in Dorset, an armoured tactics instructor at the Land Warfare School, Warminster, and later worked closely with the Chief of the General Staff Briefing Team. Richard was just back from a filming trip to the United States when I asked him about his time in the Royal Tank Regiment, his interest in modern and historic tanks and his role at

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