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A group of Long Patrol hares

For other uses, see Long Patrol (disambiguation).

The Long Patrol is a specialized, elite army of hares that live at Salamandastron and are commanded by the resident Badger Ruler of the mountain. As in a military, they are divided into a specific hierarchy of rank and function. Though hares have served under a badger at Salamandastron for as long as anybeast can remember, it was the first modern badger lord, Brocktree, that organized them into an actual regiment that became henceforth known as the Long Patrol. Prior to the name "Long Patrol", the fighting hares of Salamandastron were called "Stonepaw's Stalwarts."

The Long Patrol has seen many different levels of size and organization over the seasons and reached a peak in the time of Russano the Wise, who commanded a force of more than 1,000 hares. The size has fluctuated constantly with different Badger Lords. Under Rawnblade Widestripe and Boar the Fighter there were around 10, and under Urthstripe the Strong there were about 40. However, Sunflash the Mace and Brocktree were both said to have had large numbers. Since Cregga had 1,000 hares at the mountain, the numbers appear consistent.

Hares of the Long Patrol are perilous in battle and are feared by vermin everywhere. Though they are occasionally lazy and almost always eat a lot, the hares are good creatures whose goal is to rid the world of evil.

Long Patrol hares from Outcast of Redwall

Known Members of the Long Patrol

The following known members of the Long Patrol are classed by rank, from highest to lowest.









Master Sergeants
  • Bann (appears in High Rhulain)
Colour Sergeants


Lance Corporals



Other Members

Specialized Units

Fur and Foot Fighters Border Patrol

The Fur and Foot Fighters Border Patrol was set up to patrol the borders around Salamandastron, up and down the seacoast a little distance, and back towards Mossflower Woods. They didn't go as far as the Long Patrol, thus giving them the name "Border" Patrol.


The Sleepers were a group of hares in the Long Patrol led by Captain Hedgepaw. They were named sleepers after their strategy of lying in wait in shallow trenches, covered by sand smoothed over reed mats. They used guerrilla combat, wherein they waited until the enemies were sufficiently close, leapt out of the trenches, hurled javelins at the front row and retreated back to the mountain. Another purpose of this was to encourage the vermin to chase after them, so that they would not notice trenches lined with sharp stakes and fall into them.

Notes & Trivia

  • Master Sergeant (Bann) isn't a British Army rank, but is used primarily in the U.S. Army. This is odd because every other Long Patrol rank is British, eg. Colour Sergeant is only used in the British army.
  • In Mariel of Redwall, Colonel Clary is the leader of Brigadier Thyme and Hon Rosie. He appears to be the most senior of the group in both rank and experience. In fact, Thyme is higher ranking than Clary, brigadier being one level above colonel.


The Long Patrol appears or is mentioned in every Redwall book except: