178 TROOP WEEKLY TRAINING DIARY – WEEK 12
The week started with a return to Straight Point Ranges to complete our ACMTs (Annual Combat Marksmanship Test). For most of the Troop this went well, with minimal re-shoots having to be conducted. This lifted Troop morale, albeit briefly, as the Troop was caught out having not de-servicing their kit, so had to provide a sentry in full camouflage throughout the night.
Tuesday included automatic shoots, which was a lot more exciting than previous days, and was well received by all. The new experiences continued throughout the week, with a taster introduction to CQM (Close Quarter Marksmanship). This was probably the highlight of the fortnight and the Troop’s morale was suitably lifted by completion.
The final part of Straight Point was a morning of bayonet fighting, a short introduction and application of the weapon. The training team encouraged high levels of aggression whilst attacking our straw filled foe, and during a quick oppo wrestling warm up.
On Thursday evening 178 Tp departed CTCRM on route to Normandy, via a ferry from Portsmouth, for our battlefield tour, Ex OVERLORD. On arrival in France we started a whistle stop tour of the numerous World War Two sights of interest and memorials. We learnt a lot about the great successes of the Allies fighting during the Normandy campaign, but also the enormous sacrifices that were endured as a result. The Troop left France with a new appreciation for the achievements of our predecessors, many having only taken a few steps onto the beaches to which we visited.
178 Troop learned a lot in Normandy, and our keen to polish off the final few weeks of phase one training.