MAY 2022: 107th Anniversary of the battle of Festubert
15th Bn Cap Badge

Following the chlorine gas attack and heavy defensive fighting in the Ypres salient in April 1915, the depleted Battalions of the 1stCanadian Division – including the 15th Battalion – were pulled out of the line, reinforced and on May 3rd moved to France south of Armentieres.

On May 9th, as part of the plan to support the French offensive north of Arras, the British First Army launched a series of costly attacks against German positions on Aubers ridge to prevent German reinforcements from moving south against the French.

The battle of Festubert opened on May 15th with British and Indian troops making advances east of the town. On May 18th the Canadian 3rd Brigade moved up from reserve into the line and joined a series of assaults against a German strongpoint known as The Orchard. The 14th Battalion moved the line forward in the north and although the 16th Battalion failed to capture the Orchard, it did secure part of a strongpoint known as the North Breastworks.

On May 20th, the 15th Battalion had moved up into the line and advanced with orders to assault the German line and take two German strongpoints known as L.11 and L.12 while the 16th Battalion renewed its assault on the Orchard. Supported by an artillery barrage the 16th Battalion successfully seized the Orchard but with inadequate artillery support  the assault by No 2 and 4 Company of the 15thBattalion ran into heavy German artillery and machine gun fire. The supporting Battalion machine guns were also put out of action and although the advance continued, it proved impossible to maintain direction. The artillery had not destroyed the barbed wire entanglements in front of the German line and it could not be penetrated. Despite another determined attempt to push forward, the objectives were beyond reach and the two assaulting companies fell back and swung to the left to capture the remaining section of the North Breastworks which they held against several determined German counterattacks. Linking up with the 16th Battalion they had pushed the line forward and this line remained the British front line until 1918.

In its first offensive action of the war, the 1st Division suffered 2468 casualties of which 150 were from the 15th Battalion including 35 All Ranks KIA, MIA or DOW.

May 19-31, 1915: The Fallen of Festubert – Dileas Gu Brath



ON EXERCISE URBAN FALCON 2022, Soldiers of the 48th Highlanders, had their urban ops skills put to the test as they practiced fighting through and clearing subway cars through a subway station with simmunition rounds. In their exercise scenario, their mission was to rescue and secure a hi-jacked train from a well trained enemy. They fought against a simulated enemy force of other infantry Master Corporal’s and Sergeants, who set traps and obstacles in their path to test how they would react. Attached to the regiment in this exercise were a small amount of medics and Intelligence personnel from @25fdamb as well as @2intcoy_2cierens, which enabled soldiers to practice intel gathering/handling as well as dealing with casualties in a realistic manner.

Video filmed by Capt Lau and Cpl Chung
Video edited by MCpl Clark

Voici ce qui s'est passé lors de l'exercice Urban Falcon 2022. Les soldats des 48th Highlanders ont vu leurs compétences en opérations urbaines mises à l'épreuve alors qu'ils s'entraînaient à combattre et à dégager les voitures de métro à travers une station de métro avec des balles de vaccination, dans un scénario où leur but était de sauver et de sécuriser un train détourné d'un ennemi bien entraîné. Ils se sont battus contre une force d'opposition de caporal-chef et de sergents, qui ont tendu des pièges et des obstacles sur leur passage. Au régiment dans cet exercice se trouvaient un petit nombre d'infirmiers et de personnel du renseignement de @25fdamb ainsi que de @2intcoy_2cierens, ce qui a permis aux soldats de pratiquer le rassemblement/manipulation de renseignements ainsi que de faire face aux victimes de manière réaliste.

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On March 5th and 6th, Soldiers of the 48th Highlanders, with members from @2intcoy_2cierens and @25fdamb, who augmented our soldiers as an opportunity to practice their trade skills under the Tactical-Control of an infantry platoon, run through their “prepare for battle” phase during their simulated mission on Exercise Urban Falcon 2022, in which the soldiers were put under the stress of fighting in close quarters, and learning to maneuver and communicate in an entirely new environment.

Video editing by MCpl Clark
Video filmed by Capt Lau and Cpl Chung

Les membres des 48th Highlanders, avec des membres de @2intcoy_2cierens et @25fdamb, qui ont augmenté nos soldats comme une occasion de pratiquer leurs compétences professionnelles sous le contrôle tactique d'un peloton d'infanterie, pratiquent la phase de « préparation à la bataille » au cours de leur mission simulée dans le cadre de l'exercice Urban

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