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British soldiers train in live-fire exercise with Kenyan army in 30C heat

The British Army has displayed the bravery, teamwork and awesome firepower which makes it second to none.

A reporter for the Daily Star accompanied the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards and the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland on live fire pre-deployment training mission in Kenya.

Part of the training is set to help train and maintain British forces as well as working to develop the Kenyan Defence Force in their ongoing battle against Al Qeada supporting Islamists Al Shabab.

Using a combination of highly accurate support weapons and slickly executed combat drills, the 75 soldiers smashed through enemy lines before successfully repelling a counter attack.

Battling through searing 30C heat, scorpions and monsoon downpours the company marched across miles of arid Kenyan bush to take down their enemy.

Backed by a fire support group of snipers and general purpose machine guns, the Guards began their mission with a surprise attack on their opposition’s headquarters from the rear.

After overrunning it, a secondary reserve unit used a smoke screen to punch through into a “sunken village” which consisted of a maze of streets hidden from ground level.

The Guards systematically cleared the myriad of alleys using grenades to push forward.

As well as having enemy targets – civilians were interspersed meaning that just like in a real war the soldiers had to properly identify their targets before pulling the trigger.

With the enemy positions overrun, the Guards set about digging in makeshift defensive trenches before successfully repelling a counter attack.

All of this was done under the watchful eye of Colonel Paul ‘Shove’ Gilby.

The highly-decorated infantryman – whose career spans 31 years and includes every rank form a private to a colonel – said exercises like these were key to maintaining his troops fighting edge.

The former commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment said: “Collective training exercises give deep capability to a battlegroup from the youngest soldier to the oldest.

“What they are on is a learning journey of self and group improvement with the ability to reflect, learn, access and reapply to enhance their operational capability.

“My job is to make these boys and girls better in their core skills and their professional environment which is focused on them winning in the future – wherever the Queen wishes them to go.

“We do that by simulating the complexities of war.
“Everything we do is about learning and enhancing their capabilities.”

Col Gilby also spoke about the army’s wider role in helping young people develop themselves which he said exercises like this were key to achieving.

He said: “What we have got in spades here is personal development.

“We are focusing on the pride and passion of the best thing we have in the UK which is the youth willing to step forward to the benefit of others.

“That personal development is important. That personal discipline, pride,
presence and communication.
“All those skill sets which we foster in a team ethos and a team spirit which is brothers in arms.”

Source: Mirror Online

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