Exercise Winter Partisan, which lasts until 14th March in Belarus, will see 30 Green Berets from Devon train in integrated teams with members of the Belarusian armed forces, sharing experience and expertise. This represents the largest group of British military personnel to have trained in Belarus and forms part of a bilateral programme of training and education.
Troops will train in winter survival skills such as camouflage and winter movement skills, including abseiling and skiing, before putting them to the test in an exercise setting. Winter Partisan represents the return phase of this year’s bilateral exchange between the UK and Belarus and will help to build trust and mutual understanding. Last summer, Belarusian troops won a silver medal in Exercise Cambrian Patrol in Wales – the world’s toughest patrolling challenge – and participated with 2nd Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, on Exercise Urban Ranger.
As well as the military training, troops will engage in cultural activities looking at the two countries’ shared history – particularly both nations’ contribution in World War II in what is the 75th Anniversary year of VE Day. The Royal Marines will visit a World War II Museum in Minsk and participate in a Remembrance event.