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Bovington Camp
Near Dorchester
Tank Training Area - - 432220.jpg
Tank Training Area
Bovington Camp is located in Dorset
Bovington Camp
Bovington Camp
Location within Dorset
Coordinates50°42?N 2°14?W / 50.70°N 02.24°W / 50.70; -02.24Coordinates: 50°42?N 2°14?W / 50.70°N 02.24°W / 50.70; -02.24
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built forWar Office
In use1899-Present
Garrison information
OccupantsRoyal Tank Regiment

Bovington Camp is a British Army military base in Dorset, England. Together with Lulworth Camp it forms part of Bovington Garrison.

The garrison is home to The Armour Centre and contains two barracks complexes and two forest and heathland training areas that support Phase Two training for soldiers of the Royal Armoured Corps and trade training for the Household Cavalry Regiment as well as other armoured units.


Valentine tanks on a training exercise in 1942

The camps at Bovington and Lulworth were originally established in 1899 as an infantry training area and ranges. In 1916, they became training camps for the Heavy Branch of the Machine Gun Corps which relocated from Norfolk. The Heavy Branch was responsible for the operation of the tank in the British Army. In 1917 the Heavy Branch split from the Machine Gun Corps to become the Tank Corps, with the Depot and Central Schools being based at Bovington.[1]

In 1937 the Central Schools became the Armoured Fighting Vehicles School, with driving and maintenance training at Bovington and gunnery at Lulworth. The School became known as the Royal Armoured Corps Centre in 1947,[1] now renamed The Armour Centre.

Resident units

The Armour Centre is home to:

It is also home to The Tank Museum.[2]


Soldiers and Officers attend stage 2 training at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle Training Group following initial training and undertake courses in gunnery, signals, driving, vehicle maintenance and tactics. The centre also provides through career, and promotion, training for soldiers and officers. The group delivers course through three operating sections; Communications, Gunnery and Driving & Maintenance. The majority of this training is delivered at Bovington Camp with live gunnery activities taking place at nearby Lulworth Ranges.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Bovington Garrison & The Armour Centre: A History" (PDF). Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "The Tank Museum". Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Armour Centre, Bovington". Retrieved 2015.

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