As the lead Armoured Infantry element of the NATO VJTF(L) the last few weeks has seen 1st Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1PWRR) deploy to different areas of Sennelager Training Area to conduct various exercises as part of their high readiness training.
With the Headquarters element also deployed in the field directing the Battlegroup the Battalion were able to test the full spectrum of their skills and capabilities needed to enable the Battlegroup to operate effectively.
Beginning with Y Company, with its five support weapons platoons consisting of reconnaissance, sniper, mortars, javelin and pioneer, supported by 35 Engineer Regiment and 26 Regiment Royal Artillery, a number of patrols were undertaken across the undulating training area aimed at locating, observing and destroying enemy positions.
Next, B Company were tasked with clearing a village compound of an enemy force utilising their dismounted and mounted infantry capability, providing them with an opportunity to further enhance and refine their tactics.
The training concluded for 1PWRR with A Company working alongside their Estonian comrades in an urban operations environment. After familiarising themselves with each other’s tactics, the soldiers formed joint patrols entering the urban training area systematically working their way area clearing compounds and rooms using various methods of entry as they progressed.
Both sets of soldiers have learnt a lot from each other throughout the week said Corporal Lloyd Pennell of A Company, adding: “Working with the Estionian Scouts has been a fantastic learning experience for our younger soldiers. Although we have slightly different types of movement and different ways of patrolling our tactics are very similar so the integration has gone really well and the new skills we have picked up from them will definitely prove to be beneficial in the future.”