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April 30, 2020

In early 2020, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh deployed three independent Short Term Training Teams, consisting of four soldiers per team, to support the British Military Mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. One team was centred in Riyadh conducting Marksmanship and another in Dammam, focused on Urban Operations. The teams supported the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). As overall Team Leader, I will focus on my team’s experience supporting the Internal Security and Patrols course run in the Western Sector with the support of Corporals McDonald, Merril and Tipping.  We were to be based in Jeddah; home of the Islamic Port a...

I was fortunate enough to be selected to visit Fugitives Drift early this year, an opportunity of a lifetime. Before leaving for South Africa, we reflected during the annual Rorke's Drift day commemoration in Battalion and I stood in church and read accounts of CSgt Bourne from his time on the battlefield. During those readings I didn't really realise how impressive this individual was and how my interest in the Anglo-Zulu war was about to change.

I flew from Heathrow to Johannesburg, spent a short time exploring and finally caught a coach 250 miles across South Africa to Ladysmith, another place the Regiment ha...

On a gloomy afternoon on 6 December, after many months of preparation and anticipation, the 2019-20 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Alpine Ski Team assembled on the parade square of Lucknow Barracks. We eagerly loaded seemingly endless pairs of skis, poles, ski maintenance equipment and bags into the vehicles and set off on the long drive to the skiing mecca that is Val d’Isere, France. This season the team was comprised of six novices and two experienced skiers so the majority of the team were unsure of exactly what to expect on their arrival.

We departed at 1600hrs with Fus Jones 37 and Sgt Jones taking the first shift behind t...

February 4, 2020

The mountains are an unforgiving place in which only the highest level of soldiering will deliver success. The Carpathian Mountains in Romania have been fought over for centuries, with the brutality of the Eastern Front highlighting this in 1944-45. D Company, 1 R WELSH, were given the opportunity to develop their skills in this difficult environment and it was one that was met with excitement. D Company was required to change from an armoured support weapons company into a light role rifle company once more, and the men of the company adapted from their specialist roles as mortarmen, javelin operators and pioneers with little...

January 14, 2020

Over the weekend of 25–27 October 2019, C Company 1 R WELSH were privileged to deploy to Holland in support of the commemorations marking the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The Welsh soldiers who fought were part of the 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division that spent four days in October 1944 battling to free the city in southern Netherlands in which 146 Welsh soldiers died. 

The celebrations began with a service in the Cathedral followed by a parade through the city with the R WELSH group swelling to include the Shenkin (the Regimental Mascot), R WELSH Band, cadets, antecedent regimental standard bearers and...

On the morning of 30th October 2019, B (Rorke’s Drift) Company deployed onto Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) to start the Company annual Battle Craft Syllabus. The Company has recently had a number of personality changes in command therefore this was an excellent opportunity to “shake out” and practice our MCC and DCC skills. The first few days on the Plain where vital  to success and particularly rewarding. It allowed the Company to learn as a collective and focused on MCC at Platoon Level; this included occupation of hides, AFV camouflage and concealment along with basic open area attacks. This was closely observed and...

October 28, 2019

The road to Japan for the tri-services Rugby team began in July with a selection day. Players from all three services attended a two-day training camp in Portsmouth.  If selected, we would all be meeting in September ready to fly to the International Defence World Cup (IDRC) in Japan.

September came and the good news had arrived and both Cpl Evans and Cpl Smith from The Royal Welsh had made the cut!

Once we had flown out to Narita, the UK Armed Forces team stayed just a short distance from the Narita airport. Training was underway immediately as the first game against the Georgian defence force was only four days after landing....

October 15, 2019

This summer saw two Sniper pairs from Sniper Platoon 1 R WELSH enter the European Best Sniper Team Competition (EBSTC) for the first time. The competition, hosted and organised by US Army Snipers, is run each year in Grafenwöhr, Germany, with the aim to test Snipers in all the Sniper core skills, from physical fitness to stalking.

Despite the competition being named the ‘European’ Sniper competition, there were Snipers from other NATO nations present who are currently deployed in Europe. In all, there were 32 teams from 18 different nations present. The competition consisted of 10 events over a 5-day period. Each Sniper pair ha...

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