Germany

Top Military Award For Germany's Last Remaining REME Battalion

3 Armoured Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers are preparing to relocate.

The last remaining Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) battalion based in Germany has received one of the country's top military awards.

3 Armoured Close Support Battalion REME has been given the Fahnenband ceremonial ribbon - the highest honour the German government can give a military unit.

It is among the longest-serving British units in the northern city of Paderborn.

The battalion is now preparing to leave Germany and head for Tidworth in Wiltshire, where it will be based from mid-September, bringing to an end nearly a quarter of a century in Paderborn.

It is among the longest serving British units in the northern city of Paderborn.
It is among the longest serving British units in the northern city of Paderborn.

The unit has paraded there for the final time, by the impressive Schloss Neuhaus.

In the 1800s the castle near Paderborn was a Prime Minister's residence.

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tobias Lambert, says the venue was an obvious choice: "The Schloss is a fantastic location.

"It's got a really close place in our hearts.

"If you walk down the corridors of my battalion headquarters, you will see photos of battalions gone by with the Schloss in the background.

"For the administration to allow us to use this castle today to march the battalion past meant a huge amount to us and a great deal to us.

"We're the last battalion to leave and because of that added poignancy that we are the last and we won't be coming back any time soon as a battalion."

Next stop for the REME mechanics is Tidworth in Wiltshire.

On arrival in September, it will be straight into action preparing for an Estonia deployment.