An Iraq Medal to Tpr W B Wood, Tank Regt
IRAQ MEDAL, 2003-2011, single clasp, 19 Mar to 28 Apr 2003 (25135982 Tpr W B Wood RTR); officially named in upright capitals. Toned, one or two tiny reverse blemishes, otherwise good extremely fine, scarce, and to a desirable regiment. The Royal Tank Regiment was present during Operation Telic in Iraq, and played an important role in the taking of the strategic ‘second city’ of Basra, in ‘Challenger 2’ tanks and then later in ‘Warrior’ vehicles. Trooper Wood is confirmed on the nominal roll (ORBAT) of the RTR as serving with the Joint Nuclear and Biological Reconnaissance Regiment, which was comprised of combined elements of the 1st Battalion RTR and 27 Squadron RAF (JNBCR), equipped in Fuchs reconnaissance vehicles mounted with specific Nuclear, Biological and Chemical detection units. Given that the premise of Iraq War was based on the belief of the existence such biological & chemical weapons, such units seem very much of their time.