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Article / May 7, 2015

For modern soldiers, the capacity to operate effectively in complex urban environments with colleagues from other nations is essential. Exercise KAPYONG BUGLE, a bi-lateral training exercise conducted with 5 (UK) RIFLES in Paderborn, Germany, afforded approximately 120 members of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) the opportunity to perfect those essential skills from April 27th to May 6th, 2015.

The exercise focused on urban operations and was designed to further develop and improve collective capabilities. Specifically, growth was centered on the sharing of standard operating procedures, urban operations drills, and training tactics in complex urban environments. 

The exercise was very valuable”  said Major Craig Butler, Officer Commanding, “C” Company 2 PPCLI. “We gained experience and skills that enhance our ability to conduct tactical urban operations and strengthened ties with our Allies from 5 (UK) Rifles who were extremely professional, polite, and accommodating throughout.”   “We gained experience and skills that enhance our ability to conduct tactical urban operations and strengthened ties with our Allies from 5 (UK) Rifles who were extremely professional, polite, and accommodating throughout.” 

Two live fire stands, or ranges, were conducted to commence the exercise. One range was dedicated as a foreign weapons proficiency shoot, where soldiers experienced the basic handling and characteristics of each respective nations service rifles (C7 and SA-80) The second range functioned as a friendly but intense shooting competition between the two nations.

Firing a C-7 was very similar to the SA-80,”  said Corporal Dave Clark from “B” Company, 5 (UK) RIFLES,  who's unit led the execution of the exercise. “There are differences in the sights and weight, but overall it was a fantastic weapon and I enjoyed shooting it” 

The next day, three urban operations stands were conducted  in a round robin format in a training area that mimicked a small typical European city. These stands consisted of urban entries (2-4 man stacks)  using various methods, interior clearance drills, and combat first aid. These entry and clearance stands and the abilities required to complete them form the fundamentals of urban tactical skills.

Following the initial days of training on urban battle strategies, procedures, and drills, the exercise culminated in a company level deliberate attack. The 'Coalition Battle Group' had to attack a scattered section plus sized enemy from the '127th Light Infantry Brigade' who had infiltrated a city.

The company attack was conducted both in the darkness of night as well as into the early hours of the morning, where soldiers were able to implement the techniques they recently acquired. As the attack progressed, it was rebuffed with vigor by the 127th, including fierce physical confrontations. However, ultimately the 'Coalition Battle Group' was able to complete their objectives and secure the environment as tasked.

Adding to the realism for the final portion of the exercise, platoons consisted of joint sections from the UK and Canada and mock 'civilians' were interspersed amongst the enemy forces to further complicate the scenario. This type of joint collaboration mimics the reality in many modern conflicts.

Establishing international teams forced us to learn how to cooperate while conducting tactical training,”  said Lieutenant Eric Henderson from 2 PPCLI, 8 Platoon.  “We had to synchronize our skills and efforts in order to achieve our larger objectives.” 

Taken as a whole, KAPYONG BUGLE ensured that 2 PPCLI is prepared to meet challenges in complex urban environments along with our international partners in peace and security. 

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