British 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards deployed to jungle of Belize

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Fresh from performing at The Queen’s Birthday Parade, the infantry soldiers of British 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards deployed to the austere jungle of Belize to hone their elite skills. The Foot Guards, world-renowned for their immaculate red tunics and bearskins, donned multi-terrain pattern camouflage uniform to test their operational drills in one of the planet’s toughest environments.


The exercise – codenamed Mayan Storm – took place at the British Army Training Support Unit Belize, and was created to provide a world-class live-firing package on the most challenging terrain in stifling heat and humidity. The purpose of the deployment was to set British soldiers up for success on future operations, anywhere in the world.

Grenadier Guardsman Lewis Hazell, said: “If you can master living and operating in the jungle then you’ll find other places much easier, just because of the climate and the conditions. It forces you to be on top of your admin. “Everywhere is overgrown so we can’t navigate like we normally would –there is no choice but to trust your bearings and act on them. “The humidity, the heat, the insects – everything works against you so you have to keep on top if it.”

Known as a Close Country Tropical Environment, training in Belize was designed to teach British soldiers how to survive, live and fight in the jungle environment. The biggest challenge of all was learning how to evade the natural dangers beneath the dense trees. Venomous spiders, snakes, malaria and tropical disease were obstacles at the forefront of every soldiers’ mind in the infamous “dirty jungle”.

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British 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards deployed to jungle of Belize

2019/10/1571383414.jpg
Read: 1083     13:48     18 October 2019    

Fresh from performing at The Queen’s Birthday Parade, the infantry soldiers of British 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards deployed to the austere jungle of Belize to hone their elite skills. The Foot Guards, world-renowned for their immaculate red tunics and bearskins, donned multi-terrain pattern camouflage uniform to test their operational drills in one of the planet’s toughest environments.


The exercise – codenamed Mayan Storm – took place at the British Army Training Support Unit Belize, and was created to provide a world-class live-firing package on the most challenging terrain in stifling heat and humidity. The purpose of the deployment was to set British soldiers up for success on future operations, anywhere in the world.

Grenadier Guardsman Lewis Hazell, said: “If you can master living and operating in the jungle then you’ll find other places much easier, just because of the climate and the conditions. It forces you to be on top of your admin. “Everywhere is overgrown so we can’t navigate like we normally would –there is no choice but to trust your bearings and act on them. “The humidity, the heat, the insects – everything works against you so you have to keep on top if it.”

Known as a Close Country Tropical Environment, training in Belize was designed to teach British soldiers how to survive, live and fight in the jungle environment. The biggest challenge of all was learning how to evade the natural dangers beneath the dense trees. Venomous spiders, snakes, malaria and tropical disease were obstacles at the forefront of every soldiers’ mind in the infamous “dirty jungle”.

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