Combat team re-acquainted with trench warfare

A combat team centred on the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, deployed to Wide Bay training area in October and November to conduct Exercise Ram Horn.

CAPTION: Army rifleman from Charlie Company of the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, uses smoke as cover to make entry into a building as part of Exercise Ram Horn IV. Story by Captain Cody Tsaousis. Photo by Corporal Nicole Dorrett.

During the exercise, which focused on trench warfare and conventional warfighting, Alpha and Charlie companies each cleared a trench system, dug by the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment.

They married up later in the exercise to conduct an assault on an urban operations training facility, defeating an enemy party which was controlling the township.

Private Jack Ellison said it was an incredible experience to clear the trenches, and it was the first time doing so for many of the soldiers.

“I really enjoyed that; it was great and I’d never done anything like it before,” he said.

“We were all really riled up for that and it was a lot of fun, even though it was chaotic.”

CAPTION: Riflemen using non-lethal force rounds a part of the exercise. Photo by Photo by Corporal Nicole Dorrett.

Enhancing soldiers’ capability in trench warfare was a major learning outcome from the exercise, according to Captain Luke Hanna.

He said the reception of the troops was positive, and the hard work that went into digging the trenches and planning the activity was worth it.

“The feedback we’ve had from our soldiers on the trench warfare component of this exercise was first class,” he said.

“There’s an incredible body of work that goes into constructing a training activity of that scale, but it’s been well worth the effort for us.”

The assault on the urban operations training facility was also educational, with soldiers pushing past fatigue and relying on good communication to clear the township.

Captain Hanna said it gave the battalion a chance to return to its roots.

“Exercise Ram Horn has been an excellent opportunity for Battle Group Ram to get back to its core business of high-intensity warfighting and joint land combat,” he said.





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6 thoughts on “Combat team re-acquainted with trench warfare

  • 21/11/2022 at 6:06 pm

    Wtf are your relatives all based in China?

  • 20/11/2022 at 11:57 am

    You can put $$$ to doughnuts that our next conflict will AGAIN be as an interoperable part of U.S. forces, and we KNOW it will be against China.
    China is a Peer 2 Million man Military with the Worlds largest manufacturing base.
    Peer to Peer Warfare is attritional by nature, so how long will the R.A.R. last against the P.L.A.? 30 minutes?

    We have less chance of winning against China, than Ukraine against The Russian Federation, and for what purpose?

    A shout-out to the Sheep Shaggers from an ex 6R.A.R.!

    Neutrality For Australia.



    • 20/11/2022 at 1:10 pm

      I think you’re under-rating Aus capabilities, and over-rating the PLA. As the recent events in Ukraine have shown, impressive parades in the main square of a capital city don’t necessarily equate to impressive fighting capabilities.
      Aggressive patrolling on land, air and sea are what we are proven to be good at. In the case of a US/China conflict, those would be our roles, not head to head, fix bayonets stuff.
      Just my opinion, of course. 🙂

      • 20/11/2022 at 2:36 pm

        This has nothing to do with under-rating, it is simple Maths.
        Australian Army 30,000. Peoples Liberation Army 2,000,000. 30,000 is the daily Chinese sick Parade!
        Australian manufacturing, bugger all. Chinese manufacturing, the largest in the World.

        Australia will be fed into the Chinese grinder by the Yanks, exactly as they are doing to the Ukrainians.
        I’m looking for salvage rights to the R.A.N., to be found on the bottom of the South China Sea after they die for U.S. Domestic policy.
        Then there is the fact that Darwin, Tindal and many others will be glowing heaps as the Chinese go for the U.S. Bases here.
        The U.S. WILL fight China to the last Australian.

        Neutrality for Australia.

        YANKEE GO HOME !!!


    • 20/11/2022 at 8:07 pm

      Would you prefer Australia to become neutral. Then when things get hot and we are treated as the new Chinese doormat. I suppose your definition of “Duty First” will then be to say: “We are neutral so, CHINA GO HOME!!! ”

      I am thankful that you are not in charge of our defense, or for that matter the Ukranian one.

      • 21/11/2022 at 11:14 am

        G’day Gert, thanks for asking.

        Yes, I would prefer Australia was Neutral.
        Mainly, so we can develop an Australia focused Foreign Policy, and stop following the Yanks around the Third World killing Goat herders for U.S. Domestic Policy.

        China? Nah, your dreaming.
        Do you really think the whole of S.E.Asia will allow the P.L.A.N. to sail unmolested to our fair shores? I don’t.
        Of course, that China has no interest, means or plans to do so, might also count for something.
        You’re listening the the Yanks too much.

        DUTY FIRST? That’s the motto of the Royal Australian Regiment.
        You know, the poor bloody Infantry expected to die so civilians can stay fat and ignorant, and watch television safely at home.

        I’m glad too I’m not in charge of our Defence, (notice the spelling, we’re not Yanks yet), all those Tories would do my head in.

        You might investigate (being a Cop and all), the concept of A2/AD.
        The Chinese system has the Yanks terrified and impotent, and will lead to R.A.N. being parked at the bottom of the South China Sea.
        I think A2/AD is a good replacement for us being the Yanks lap-dog, and getting forced to ”Do a Ukraine” against China in the coming Sino/American War.

        Thanks for Playing!

        Neutrality for Australia.

        YANKEE GO HOME !!!



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