Army Reserve Soldiers from the 4th Battalion The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment have been on exercise on Salisbury Plain.
The British Army say in a news release that the troops were putting their skills to the test in assaulting and securing buildings in an urban warfare environment.
“The exercise was delivered at Platoon level, with individuals coming together from across the Battalion’s four Companies for their final training weekend of the year, Exercise Punniar Tiger. Approximately 70 soldiers from across the south east took part, although numbers were reduced this year in order to adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions.
On receiving orders, the night before, the soldiers moved into position for a final dawn attack on Southdown Barn situated on the Plain which is the largest area of chalk grassland in north-west Europe.
The assault took place on the old barn and its outer farm buildings. It involved the soldiers working through a series of room clearances, climbing over walls and storming the buildings within, using various weapon systems to achieve their objectives, firing hundreds of blank rounds and using special training smoke grenades.”
The British Army add that the purpose of the exercise was to develop 4 PWRR’s Urban Warfare skills and tactics, techniques and procedures.
“Whilst the Battalion has no need to train for subterranean warfare, the environment provided the opportunity to develop a number of core skills and capabilities which enhanced their ability to operate within complex terrain.”