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September 29th 2015

Desert Rats reach new heights in Slovenia

Army Reservists from the 3rd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment have been reaching new heights in Slovenia with soldiers from the country’s Mountain Warfare Regiment.

More than 100 reservists from across the East Midlands and East Anglia joined by 30 soldiers from the Regiment’s paired regular battalion 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment are on a two-week exercise based in and around the area of  Polijce; home to  NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare.

The first week has seen the soldiers from 7th Infantry Brigade working with the Slovenian Army as they complete a series of scenarios that have tested their basic combat skills, including section attacks, night patrols and ambushes, ahead of the final five-day exercise.

In between the military training, the soldiers have also been able to experience adventure training that has seen them scaling a sheer rock face in Soriska situated 1550m above sea level and boasting excellent ski conditions in winter and early spring.

Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Keith Spiers, said: “We have got an awful lot out of this exercise. Not only are we are training alongside 2 Royal Anglian, our regular paired battalion with whom we could potentially deploy, but we are challenging our soldiers in a new environment and learning from our Slovenian counterparts who are use to working at high altitudes.”

The 3rd Battalion not only includes infantry soldiers, but also medics, chefs and other support staff, the majority of whom have civilian jobs, but use their spare time to train and serve in the British Army.

"Not only are we are training alongside 2 Royal Anglian, our regular paired battalion with whom we could potentially deploy, but we are challenging our soldiers in a new environment and learning from our Slovenian counterparts who are use to working at high altitudes.”