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Royal Anglians have patrolled deep into the jungles of Belize to test their ability to fight and stay alive in sweltering tropical heat. The one-month exercise in the Central American jungle saw 150 soldiers from B (Suffolk) Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment exercising in oppressive and relentless humidity in temperatures between 28-40 Celsius and 80% humidity The exercise was designed to teach the troops to survive, move and fight in a jungle environment, operating from small four-man teams all the way to a 100 person Company group. Phase one saw the soldiers acclimatise to their surroundings whilst learning the basics: how to survive, navigate, and move in the jungle. Having learned the basics, training progressed into the thickest parts of the jungle to build on their skills.

Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2023. 6:38 am CST.

Photo credit: British Army

By Breaking Belize News Staff: The jungles of Belize have been host to a rigorous test of endurance and resilience as 150 soldiers from B (Suffolk) Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, conducted a one-month exercise. Facing oppressive heat ranging from 28 to 40 Celsius and 80% humidity, the exercise was anything but ordinary.

Designed to teach the troops how to survive, navigate, and fight in a jungle environment, the exercise began with acclimatization to the harsh surroundings, followed by hands-on learning in the densest parts of the jungle. From small four-man teams to a 100-person Company group, the soldiers worked to adapt to a unique and relentless environment.

Major Oliver Bullen, Officer Commanding B Company, aptly summarized the harshness of the training, stating, “There can be few fighting environments that are more austere, challenging, and unforgiving than the jungle.”

The challenge extended beyond mere survival. The soldiers had to contend with obstacles such as snakes, ticks, and potentially blinding sap from the trees. They hacked through thick vegetation with machetes and carried out patrols, river crossing drills, and even had to fend off the occasional crocodile. The exercise culminated in a coordinated assault on an enemy camp, testing not just physical stamina, but also strategic thinking and team coordination.

Private Zac Broughton described the experience as demanding and once-in-a-lifetime, emphasizing the toll the combination of heat and terrain took, especially during navigation.

With challenges like river crossings, dangerous wildlife, and the exhausting effort needed for basic tasks like cleaning and drying weapons systems, the exercise demonstrated the Royal Anglians’ ability to adapt and thrive in extreme conditions.

The 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, known as The Vikings, recruits from across East Anglia, and this training undoubtedly brought a new level of expertise and preparedness to the unit.

 

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