It is the start of a new decade for the men and women of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Steelbacks).
The year has kicked off with Exercise Thunder and over 200 army reserve infantry soldiers developing their urban warfighting skills in preparation for a much larger scale exercise in February – Exercise Wessex Storm. Exercise Wessex Storm will see regular and army reserve soldiers exercising at scale as 7 Infantry Brigade prepare units for operations in Afghanistan and contingency missions in Europe.
The Steelbacks will combine with soldiers from the 3rd and 4th Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment to play a realistic opposition to the 2nd Battalion (The Poachers), the Queens Dragoon Guards and 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. Making this deployment work will involve bringing together around 400 army reserve soldiers from across the east of England.
The Steelbacks’ contingent will assemble in Army Reserve Centres in Norwich and Lowestoft, Leicester and Corby, Chelmsford and Hertford, Lincoln and Grimsby, Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough. Then they mass on the tough terrain of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, the UK’s largest training area and the home of warfighting excellence. Next is the battle…standby.