Last year more than a thousand soldiers from the British Army and 28 international armies prepared themselves for the world’s toughest patrolling test, that took place in Mid Wales.
The exercise is unique, world class and the largest of its kind with some foreign entrants having to claim the right to take part in the UK by winning through their own domestic competition.
Last year’s event saw 139 patrols entered into the mix, including five overseas armies taking part for the first time with soldiers from Armenia, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, the Phillipines and Moldova having their first crack at completing the patrol and aimed to navigate their way through the arduous terrain of the Black Mountains of Mid Wales.
They joined troops representing armies from Georgia, Switzerland, Albania, Denmark, Italy, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Lithuania, Chile, Brazil, Pakistan, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Ireland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Ukraine, Spain and France.
Exercise Cambrian Patrol itself began in 1959, when a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers designed a weekend training event, featuring long distance marching over the Cambrian Mountains, culminating in a shooting match on the Sennybridge Training Area.
Contact details for teams wishing to enter the Cambrian Patrol:
Email: 160X-HQ-0Cambrian-Patrol-Mailbox@mod.gov.uk for an application form, or contact the Cambrian Patrol Office on: 01874 613280 Fax 01874 613256