The British Army say that over 300 regular and reserve soldiers from 102 Logistic Brigade have been testing their medical, logistical and soldiering skills in the two-week major exercise: Exercise Halberd Dawn.

The Exercise, which took over a year to plan say the British Army in a news release, tested the logistic skills of 158 Regiment RLC, 150 Regiment RLC, 159 Regiment RLC and the medical capabilities of 254 (East of England) Medical Regiment. Elements of 6 and 7 Regiment RLC were deployed in support of the exercising troops.

“A key training task saw medics from 254 (East of England) Medical Regiment established a role one medical reception station (MRS) at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, receiving their first casualties within an hour of the tented treatment facility being established.Within three hours, the unit which consisted of one six-bed ward, a treatment bay and isolation ward, was running at full capability. It also featured a dental surgery, physiotherapy area and mental health unit.

Across the week-long final exercise, the medics, many of whom work in the NHS in civilian life, received a steady stream of simulated casualties, including injured soldiers evacuated from the battlefield via Chinook helicopter.”

In addition, the British Army say that around 180 vehicles including MANN support vehicles from 158 Regiment RLC were on the exercise which tested the RLC soldiers’ supply procedures needed on operations.

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Bloke on the left looks in complete clip! haha


Stop standing like a shagging question mark!!!


Would you be happy carrying a 40ft, 20-bed inflatable hospital in your backpack?


And which ‘backpack’ would that be old bean? The bloke on the left isn’t carrying a ‘backpack’. A little attempt at humour which is clearly lost on you.

The ‘Rfn’ in my name is short for Rifleman. I’ve carried plenty around in ‘backpacks’ over the years. The worst being circa 70kgs (granted that includes weapons, water, armour, ammo and such) in 50°C heat on a daily basis for six months more than once. I’m entitled to have a little laugh at someone in shit-state if I like – as I’ve been there plenty myself!


No Rfn, just an amusing footnote nothing more than that.


In that case stand I’ll stand down! 🙂

That being said, I can vouch for the amount of kit and shit that medics carry on ops and the cracking job they’ve done that I’ve unfortunately witnessed myself!

Still… A little, shall we say, ‘inter-echelon’ rivalry never hurt anyone!


Correct Rfn spot on! Up until Herrick most unit medics hung around the end centre, smoking, dishing out sick chits and moaning about sick people…..but if a skill set and trade has ever had the opportunity to prove their worth, then Herrick has shown the vast majority of these people are spot on, excellent at their job, ballsy and well up for a ruck as well! Never leave home without one!!!


End centre? Fucking predictive txt…, med centre, stupid phone….and finger!


Why does he have a flag on his helmet?


Cos he would look silly with it on his arse!


I though I might get a good answer but no, his right shoulder would be ok,just not stuck up on the helmet

Paul T

John – purely a guess but the Red Cross takes its place on the Sleeve,so the Helmet is the next best place for the Flag.


One of these guys helped me save a mate in Cyprus in the 60s but not these two.

Daniele Mandelli

PWOG Barracks, which is the home of the RLC reserve and varied specialist national RLC units…another slated for closure, sadly. I’d drive past it twice a month visiting the Mother in Law.