The Coldstream Guards held a two day back to basics package inside Windsor Great Park. The package was designed to refresh the soldiers memories in conventional tactics after just spending months away carrying out TTPs for a built up Afghan environment. October 10, 2014.
Reservists from the mortar platoon of Stockport-based 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment (4 MERCIAN) are on their annual two week training exercise on the Salisbury Plain Training Area, working alongside their regular counterparts from the 2nd Battalion.
The Mortar Cadre has seen 11 soldiers, whose civilian roles range from statistician to electrician, firing live 81mm mortar rounds at targets on Salisbury Plain during the second week of training with the 2 MERCIAN instructors. The senior members of the platoon have also been honing their skills with the individual weapon and improving speed and accuracy.
Reservist Sergeant Kit Harrison, of Northwich, Cheshire, whose role during the training was Alpha Mortar Fire Controller (MFC), said: “We bring the rounds in on the target and adjust them accordingly. With an alpha MFC we can plan and prepare timed fire plans to support friendly forces during advanced contacts.”
As the mortar is fired, it travels upwards, too fast to be seen. In the distance, six or seven seconds later you see the impact and explosion, which is followed seconds later by the loud boom. The operators don’t need to see target. It’s the MFCs on the ground who see what has to be engaged.
The 81mm mortar is very flexible. Earlier on in the exercise there were no vehicles, it was all carried on the lads’ backs, plus their own personal equipment. It can be moved by air, by vehicles, but the best way is moving it on foot from A to B. With its range of five and a half kilometres, the 81mm mortar is a formidable piece of equipment.
A British Army Commando with 148th Battery, 29th Commando Fire Support Team, Royal Artillery, rappels from a CH-46 Sea Knight during Exercise Burmese Chase 2013 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 6, 2013. The training evolution is an annual bilateral exercise that improves interoperability between American and British forces. Marines from 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, 2nd ANGLICO and the British Army Commandos participated in the exercise.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cody Haas/Released)
In commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War, soldiers of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards on operations in Camp Bastion have recreated iconic images of soldiers on the battlefields of the Great War 1914-1918. The collection demonstrates the 100-year difference in uniform and equipment.
Current images by Cpl Daniel Wiepen; Crown copyright.