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Army September 29, 2011
dispute between a cou-
ple escalates in the dusty
street of Mogsville, Mt
Bundey, as Battle Group Eagle
pushes forward to seize and
secure the built up urban area
defended by a well-equipped
Two soldiers split from the for-
mation to break up the row as the
battle group advances. Soldiers lob
grenades spewing red and yellow
smoke to inhibit enemy vision while
two Abrams tanks roll ominously
up the main street. Simultaneously,
ASLAVs which have been reporting
on the enemy position since the pre-
vious night, move from observation
posts to encircle the town's perimeter
like a pack of wolves on the hunt.
Battle Group Eagle's mission;
close quickly and secure a foothold
within the town. With Abrams and
APCs in intimate support of dis-
mounted infantry, the combined
arms team defeats the enemy pres-
ence by rapidly dominating the key
terrain and clearing buildings.
RMC's first class cadets partici-
pated in the 2 Cav Regt-run exer-
cise as part of their battle block
phase at the Urban Operations
Training Facility (UOTF) in the Mt
Bundey Training Area (MBTA) on
The combat team commander
of the UOTF activity and OC of
1 Armd Regt's B Sqn, Maj Dan
Conners, said the purpose of the
training serial was to introduce the
cadets to combined arms manoeuvre
within an urban environment.
"The battle group cleared
Musorian and insurgent presence
from the south of an enclave," he
said. "By approaching and securing
this key population centre, the battle
group was able to clear the enemy
away from the civil population and
"This activity was designed to
introduce the cadets to the tactics,
techniques and procedures of using
armoured combat power within an
urban environment as well as stress
their ability to command soldiers in
difficult and complex environments."
He said Battle Group Eagle
achieved its mission at the UOTF
and the cadets learnt many lessons.
"I think the cadets now have a
clearer understanding of the value
of main battle tanks and the impor-
tance of integrating the effects of
the combined arms team at the low-
est possible level to defeat enemy
forces and protect friendlies."
SCdt Willy Shaw said he enjoyed
the training in Darwin's MBTA.
"Being from Canberra, it was
great to experience working in the
hotter weather. The heat is some-
thing we need to get used to, espe-
cially considering the climates of
our current areas of operation," SCdt
"The ride in was bumpy and
dusty. I had no idea what was going
on and didn't know what to expect.
We hadn't conducted an urban oper-
ations activity before, so our drills
were pretty poor. I ran through a
building to clear it and then realised
I had gone too far forward, but it
was a great experience and I learnt a
lot from it."
SCdt Fergus Crappitt said the
experience he gained from the activ-
ity would help shape him into a bet-
"Working with the tanks and
cavalry was fantastic because we
don't get to see those assets very
often," SCdt Crappitt said.
"I now understand how to work
with these assets and how they are
used overseas. Additionally, I inter-
acted with the enlisted men who
operate the platforms and the offic-
ers who command them."
Staff cadets join
troops from 1 Bde
to assault an
at Mt Bundey. Cpl
falls in with the
Shock of capture: RMC staff cadets escort a captured enemy soldier safely away from burning debris as another enemy soldier (inset) surrenders in the
red haze of a smoke grenade during an assault through the urban operations training facility in the Mt Bundey training area.
Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
Combat team: Staff cadets assault the town alongside an Abrams.
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