Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 19
4 Platoon, B (Rorke's Drift) Company deployed as part of C (Kohima) Company 2 MERCIAN within the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI) Battle Group as the Opposing Force for the 1st Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) in May 2019.
Our mission was to provide a conventional, peer opponent for 1 CMBG during their final validation at Wainwright Training Area, Alberta where the Brigade were assessed for high readiness. Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE is set in a combined-arms, conventional war-fighting environment, with approximately 6,000 exercising troops.
We met C Company, 2 MERCIAN at South Cerney for the lengthy journey to Wainwright. Upon arrival we conducted two days of RSOI before deploying to our first positions at Survey Hill, with our platoon splitting from C Company and re-task organised to A Company, 1 PPCLI. Due to the deliberate pace of the exercise, we had a few days before the enemy arrived, allowing us to prepare positions, conduct extensive rehearsals and achieve good interoperability with the Canadians. Whilst conducting local offensive actions in order to delay and disrupt, we became familiar with A Coy's capabilities and their LAV-6 armoured personnel carriers. We were pleased to conduct a successful delay and area defence, before withdrawing to Ashigli Village and mounting a robust, highly successful defence in the urban environment.