Longmoor Training Area, Hampshire.
B (Royal Sussex) Company kicked off the start of the rural phase of the training year (generally running over the summer) with a day of section attacks on Longmoor Training Area, Hampshire. The sections of eight soldiers were followed on their attacks by Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, all with operational experience in Afghanistan, who coached the commanders and soldiers to develop their skills and ensure each attack was better than the last. Here, Sgt Hewes gives his thoughts…
“fortunately the weather was on our side and rivers provide excellent cover”
Observing the conflict in Ukraine, we see a mixture of conventional warfare and operations in complex terrain, the situation has proved that core skills and drills are lifesaving and battle winning. The ability to conduct an effective section attack is a key part of the infantry role and 3 PWRR continue to focus on the fundamentals of fighting as a light role infantry unit in order to maintain our operational effectiveness.
Following our successful urban training phase and with the change of season is upon us, we recently tested our soldiers and commanders in a more conventional setting. This saw sections of B Company take on “enemy” in a rural environment which included fighting through wooded areas and open fields, fortunately the weather was on our side and rivers provide excellent cover!
We shall continue the training momentum which will see the battalion shift onto platoon and company operations supported by machine guns and eventually transition into a live fire training package.
“the ability to conduct an effective section attack is a key part of the infantry role”
Training like this is typical of how the Army Reserve operates – using soldiers’ free time to come together and maximise their capabilities and readiness. Everyone who deployed to the training area, whatever rank, developed within their current role (whether a commander or the most junior private soldier) and gained a greater understanding of the section battle, developing themselves for the future.