The exercise aim is to bring all the components of an effective artillery group together to train in its core business - delivering firepower on the battlefield.
This includes soldiers from different nations and from the regular and reserve parts of the British Army employing artillery guns, rockets, mortars, radars and unmanned aerial vehicles. It has been a huge success.
The exercise is an indication of how the Army will operate in future, with reservists integrated more than ever alongside their regular counterparts and in significant numbers. Bombardier Sam Fletcher, a Territorial Army soldier from Newport, said:
As a reservist I operate the Desert Hawk, a hand-launched unmanned aerial vehicle that can fly forward of the guns for unarmed surveillance of the area. I enjoy working with the Regular Army, everyone puts in the same amount of effort and we all get the same out of it.
It’s my first exercise and it’s been great to get to know all the guys. I just get treated like any of the other lads but because I’m new people keep an eye on me to make sure I’m OK and doing the right thing. I’m looking forward to getting more experience and taking part in the firing of the guns.
Staff Sergeant Thomas, from Toulouse in south-west France, said:
This is my first time in the UK and the first time I have worked with the British. The exercise has been hard work; having marched 7 kilometres into position in the early hours of the morning I am here to call in the fire from the guns.
It is very cold; I’m looking forward to inviting the British back to France when it is sunnier.
On the subject of the French involvement, Brigadier Humphrey said:
I’ve been impressed by the French soldiers working alongside the Brits. We enjoy them being here and judging by the smiles on faces they are happy to be taking part in this demanding and exciting training with us.