2e REP: 2020 Wessex Storm in England

Between November 2 and December 12, 2020, yearly joint military manoeuvres called Wessex Storm take place on Salisbury Plain in Wessex, southern England. The six-week manoeuvres have to confirm the skills and readiness of the 2 PARA Battlegroup, the British Army’s leading response force, assigned to the 16 Air Assault Brigade. During the 2020 Wessex Storm exercise, a company of the French Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) and a US Army platoon have been included into the British battlegroup.

About 150 legionnaires from the 2nd “Mountain” Company, 2e REP and some 40 US soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment have been training alongside British Paras within the 2 PARA Battlegroup (task force in the U.S., usually a combined battalion-sized unit) to be ready to deploy overseas and operate side by side as a joint task force. The exercise is organized every year, with different French and US Army infantry units to participate in, as part of the NATO military alliance.

Salisbury Plain is a chalk plateau in southern England. It is well-known for Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument consisting of a ring of standing stones. Part of the plateau is used by the British Army and is closed to the public.


More photos from 2020 Wessex Storm:

Foreign Legion Live-Fires HK416F On WESSEX STORM
In Pictures: Exercise Wessex Storm

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