The annual Exercise Cambrian Patrol is underway in Mid Wales.
It’s known as the toughest patrolling test in the world and more than 1,000 soldiers will take part in the demanding challenge.
Teams from the British Army and 37 international armies have entered Exercise Cambrian Patrol, which is the largest of its kind. There are 137 teams overall and first time participants from Nigeria, Macedonia, Cyprus, Belarus and Finland.
Organised by 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, regular and reserve teams of eight soldiers will embark on a two-day patrolling mission. They will cover 60KM through the Black Mountains and carry personal kit and equipment weighing 32lbs.
After an inspection to check they are equipped for the exercise, patrol commanders will follow a set of orders and map out a route to navigate, day and night, through a diverse set of specialist scenarios. The scenarios are designed to test all of the basic military skills of a modern-day soldier.
Teams are awarded points after each challenge and it contributes to their overall score. They are then given a gold medal, silver, bronze or certificate finish. Only five per cent of patrols gain the top award and a third of teams fail to finish.
Exercise Cambrian Patrol itself began in 1959, when a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers designed a weekend training event, which featured long distance marching over the Cambrian Mountains and culminated in a shooting match on the Sennybridge Training Area.
Images: Sergeant Jonathan van Zyl, Crown Copyright