Into the valley

As the Chinook helicopter laboured noisily back into the sky above them the troops formed up and moved quickly into a nearby treeline and to the relative safety and cover offered by the trees.

This loud arrival was the start of their final operation into a nameless valley in mid-Wales within the Sennybridge military training area. The troops are taking part in an exercise that allows them to conduct live weapons firing and to practice their tactics as they train for future operations.

Their aim here was to move through the valley and clear it of any enemy positions. No sooner had they left the cover of the treeline when they came under fire – albeit from a machine gun fired along the valley above their heads and not at them – it is after all a training exercise – and as the sound of this heavy machine gun broke the silence and echoed through the valley the troops responded by returning fire onto the first of three enemy positions that they could now see in front of them.

They now had to quickly work out how best to approach each enemy position, use the cover available to them and advance on the positions and take them on with rifle fire and hand grenades…

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