Two hundred British soldiers equipped with American Weapons and armoured vehicles rumbled off the arid military training area of Colorado today after a week long exercise with the warriors, and infantry battalion of the United States Army's famous Fourth Division - the Iron Horsemen.
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FULL BAND OF RECEPTION GROUP.
TWO BRITISH SOLDIERS, RECEPTION GROUP
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BAND AND BANDMASTER PLAYING DURING PROCEEDINGS.
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Background: Two hundred British soldiers equipped with American Weapons and armoured vehicles rumbled off the arid military training area of Colorado today after a week long exercise with the warriors, and infantry battalion of the United States Army's famous Fourth Division - the Iron Horsemen.
The combat team, drawn from British Army of the Rhine is on a month long exchange visit at Fort Carson, about 70 miles south of Denver. Led by Major Nick Ridley, the British contingent is composed mainly of A Company of 1st Battalion Queens on Highlanders supported by elements from 4 Royal Tank Regiment, 26 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery and 23 Regiment, Royal Artillery ..
While the British combat team copes with the unfamiliar terrain of rolling plain, dry arroyos, spiny cactus and the occasional rattlesnake or scorpion their American counterparts, Charlie Company of 1st Battalion 12th Infantry are battling with the rain and mud of Salisbury Plain and Mid-Wales.
The Highlanders flow into Fort Carson wearing their kilts and have been well received by the military establishment of Fort Carson and the people of Colorado Springs with invitations for the team's two pipers to play at various functions coming daily. Traditions American hospitality was expected but the British soldiers have met an enthusiastic reception from the many United Kingdom emigrants who have settled in the Colorado area.
Two British girls who married American GIs have organised a reception for the soldiers, Mrs. Valerie Miller (formerly Hunter of Harrogate, Yorkshire) and Mrs Noreen Riley (formerly Dixon of Ruislip) are inviting 15 Highlanders to a tea party at the British wives club in Colorado Springs.
The combat team has learned to handle the American Army's rifles, machine guns, and anti-tank weapons on the infantry side while the tank crews have been driving the 50 ton M60 tank equipped with a 105 mm gun. The Gunners have acted as a forward observation post the engineers have operated large earth moving equipment, road cratering explosives and mine - sweeping equipment.
Next week the British soldiers take a break from the high temperatures and dust of the plain and trek into the Rocky Mountains for survival training. Their visit finishes with air mobile operations.
During their free time visits have been arranged to Buckskin Joe's - a reconstruction of a Western township where legendary gunfights of the wild west are re-enacted daily - and the Grand Canyon.