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goods. A Company HQ composite team was crowned the inter Platoon Christmas tug of war champions, although they could not hold off 2 Platoon when it came to the Battalion- wide “Yule Log” run, who set a blistering time which simply proved too good for anyone else in the Battalion. Over the past twelve months, members of the Company have represented the Battalion in football, rugby, fishing, bobsleigh (see the Ex Ice Breaker article for more details) and cross country running at Army level with Pte Lagilagi making an early breakthrough onto the Battalion rugby team and Pte Mclean demonstrating much promise in the world of running.


To maintain a sense of fun and adventure, some have been skiing in the French Alps, some walking in the Spanish Hills and others jumping/swimming/surfing to name but a few of the activities that took place in Newquay. Plans are already afoot to build on these skills with more skiing and sailing once the Battalion arrives in Fallingbostel. 2 Platoon took time out of their schedule to put something back and hear a few tales of old from some of the Chelsea pensioners in the Royal Hospital Chelsea as well as paying a visit to the Imperial War Museum as part of the season of remembrance in November. The inaugural A Company soap box derby (under the direction the CSM “The Ninja Turtle” Evans) was a hugely anticipated event in Christmas week which saw the lightning speed and steely nerves of Sgt Jay “The Eagle” Woodward to be just too good for the rest of the field. The next day, was the CO’s Christmas fun run with A Company again demonstrating its solidarity as the Lt Achilles Shergold’s Greeks took on the might of Lt Leonidus Causer’s Spartans and 2Lt Miagee Rossiter’s Chinese Dragon. True to the history books, the grit and determination of the 25 Spartans was too much for all the others to handle!


A hectic twelve months for A Company, where white space in the diary has been short


Track Break...


and rare; as well as turning out a number of consistently high standard performances on whatever LWC challenge we have been presented with, the Company has held itself together well and put significant effort into productive training and activities for itself. The result? A fighting fit, operationally sound Company which is ready and waiting for all the challenges that lie ahead – roll on 7 Armd Bde!


Exercise Shark - A JNCO’s Perspective by LCpl Geoghegan, 3


Platoon A Company Ex Shark is the build up training exercise to prepare Battle groups before they come up against the Land Warfare Battle group in the force on force Ex Wessex Warrior on Salisbury Plain. In the latest Wessex Warrior, 3 MERCIAN would come up against the Coldstream Guards in an intense exercise which was challenging for both Battle groups and all of the troops involved.


Dirty but happy You can’t see me... 60 October 2009


The Exercise kicked off with an advance to contact by the forces of 3 MERCIAN, moving to a delay operation, both at Battle group level and finally a Company in defence. The initial advance to contact was a real challenge for A Company deploying in the light rôle with an arduous insertion march (due to the Bedfords getting bogged in) and moving to a Company FIWAF clearance operation. Coming across enemy positions that had been poorly sited was quite surprising, Corporal Dawkin Smith managed to capture two anti-tank positions immediately, the remainder of the Company capturing and rolling up the remaining position soon after. As the exercise turned into a defensive operation, the Company took up a


defensive position in Copehill Down village. An imaginative defence used the spaces between the buildings rather than the buildings themselves. The robust defence given by the Company was demonstrated by LCpl Babitu’s fire team who delayed an entire Company group for four hours thanks to a well-sited GPMG position and a large degree of initiative and aggression. 2Lt Rossiter’s 1 Platoon managed to provide an unbreakable block to the south of the village, only succumbing after some rather dubious DS-imposed Javelin strikes. This resulted in some rather painful nettle stings during the extraction back to secondary positions. Although the rôle of LWC BG can be a little prescribed thanks to the dreaded MEL, force on force exercises where the Battalion’s name is at stake certainly help to develop our professional knowledge as well as one’s expectation of what operations will be like. And winning is always fun!


Life as a Young Infantry Officer on Attachment to 1 RRF for Op Telic 12 by


Lt T J Causer A long, elaborate narrative on my time as an Platoon Commander attached to 1st


Armoured vehicle moves by night, dismounted desert patrols the next morning FOB Minden, Iran/Iraq Border, Aug 08


The Mercian Eagle


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