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Rutland soldiers return from NATO exercises in Poland





Soldiers have returned home to Rutland following exercises across Europe.

Members of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment and Headquarters 7th Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Team were among 20,000 troops to join the Exercise Brilliant Jump and the Polish-led Exercise Dragon 24.

The soldiers from Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore formed part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance.

Soldiers from 7 Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Team
Soldiers from 7 Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Team

They completed a 1,000km road move to the Drawsko Pomorskie training area in Poland where they joined Polish troops for the start of Exercise Dragon 24, practising the skills required to fight in forests. The 7th Light Mechanised Brigade Combat Team then led the multi-national forces for a wide wet gap crossing.

Brigadier Guy Foden said: “It’s the first time that many in the brigade have completed a really wide crossing of a major waterway, certainly a river of this width which is one of the major waterways in Europe.

“This demonstrated NATO’s ability to project a brigade with relative ease across a major water obstacle. It shows the capability of both the British and German amphibious regiment, and also our French and Polish allies.”

A Jackal boards a British M3 Amphibious Bridging Vehicle in Poland
A Jackal boards a British M3 Amphibious Bridging Vehicle in Poland

The crossing was followed by a series of tank and artillery exercises.

British Foxhounds cross the River Vistula on a river crossing rig in Poland
British Foxhounds cross the River Vistula on a river crossing rig in Poland
A long line of Foxhounds
A long line of Foxhounds
One of the Royal Anglian Regiment
One of the Royal Anglian Regiment
The Royal Anglian Regiment conduct a dawn attack
The Royal Anglian Regiment conduct a dawn attack
River training
River training
Soldiers from Kendrew Barracks joined the exercise
Soldiers from Kendrew Barracks joined the exercise
River crossing drills
River crossing drills
Troops from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment move into position
Troops from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment move into position
Troops from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment conduct training on river crossing drills
Troops from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment conduct training on river crossing drills
The Commanding Officer of the 7th Infantry Brigade addresses the troops
The Commanding Officer of the 7th Infantry Brigade addresses the troops
Training continues in Poland
Training continues in Poland
The Royal Anglian Regiment conduct a dawn attack
The Royal Anglian Regiment conduct a dawn attack
Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment train for fighting in forests
Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment train for fighting in forests
Combat vehicles land at Emden Port in Germany
Combat vehicles land at Emden Port in Germany
16,000 British soldiers are taking part in the largest set of NATO multi-national military manoeuvres
16,000 British soldiers are taking part in the largest set of NATO multi-national military manoeuvres
Vehicles in convoy
Vehicles in convoy
Combat vehicles from the The Desert Rats
Combat vehicles from the The Desert Rats
A convoy travels through Poland
A convoy travels through Poland
A gunner sitting on top of a Jackal
A gunner sitting on top of a Jackal
The Royal Anglian Regiment demonstrates capabilities during a media day
The Royal Anglian Regiment demonstrates capabilities during a media day
The wet gap crossing of the Vistula River
The wet gap crossing of the Vistula River

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