THE British Army has been on special training war games in Africa.
The Daily Star accompanied the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards and the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland in Kenya.
It was part of Askari Storm, a mission to train and maintain British forces as well as working to develop the Kenyan Defence Force in their ongoing battle against al-Qaida and Al Shabab. Battling through 30C heat and monsoons, the company marched across miles of bush to take down their enemy.
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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.
Colonel Paul “Shove” Gilby 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.
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“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.”
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