The Italian job for Yorks reserve troops

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MEN of the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment have linked up with regulars in the Italian army for a historic training exercise.

The exercise in Italy – called Ex Roman Star – finishes today.

It comes after the Government announced troop reductions which mean a greater reliance on reserve soldiers to integrate with the regular British Army. It is the first of a series of overseas exercises for the reserve forces, whose numbers need to be increasedto meet the demands of the Army 2020 plan.

Soldiers from 4 Yorks, which recruits across Yorkshire and the north east, are being trained by the Italian regular army in various techniques, including how to attack a property occupied by enemy forces.

Their attacks include an air assault with the Italian Army providing the helicopters and pilots.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ian Crowley MC said: “While overseas exercises like this are popular with the soldiers, strategically it will prepare them for their new role as fully integrated with a regular infantry battalion.”

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