British Infantry Regiment conducts Exercise Highrise Poacher

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The British Army’s 2nd Battalion, B Company, The Royal Anglian Regiment successfully participated in Exercise Highrise Poacher conducted in the Killingbeck district of West Yorkshire.

The Ripon-based 21st Engineer Regiment and 4th Parachute Regiment Battalion supported the infantry in the mock assault on an abandoned building.

As the 21st Engineer Regiment made arrangements for the improvised entry through the gates and walls, personnel from the Parachute Regiment acted as opposition.

As part of the exercise, up to 100 soldiers were engaged in the fight against an enemy in a ten-story building.

Besides the building, the soldiers also used a highway structure and a parking lot for the exercise.

B Company Officer Commanding Major Cox said: “We were deployed here from Cottesmore for this exercise.

“It’s a very good urban environment, it’s real apartments with real doors and windows, narrow stairs, as well as obstacles that could get in our way.”

“It’s a tricky environment. Sometimes our training takes place in pretty sterile places, but this building is real life,” Cox added.

The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service provided ladders for the effective execution of the Highrise Poacher exercise.

The training program was planned and delivered by 8 Engineer Brigade. Following the exercise, the Brigade will study the lessons identified.

Corporal Greenshields said, “A lot of our soldiers are really junior, they certainly won’t have done anything like this before. Going through it and learning new things is a very good advantage.

Last week the British Army conducted Exercise Hypogeal Bear in West Yorkshire. Over 20 soldiers from the 21st Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers showcased their skills in a set of 2km tunnels.

Troops took an underground route to move equipment from a fake aid station.

Earlier this month, future British Army pilots began training on the new AH-64E Apache helicopters.

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