More than a hundred soldiers of the Gurkha regiment and Paras regiment were seen fighting with bats, poles and heavy machine gun barrels as a training exercise transformed into a “mass brawl”.
The exercise was a part of British Army training and, likewise, the Royal Military Police has been bestowed with the responsibility of investigating further into it.
According to reports furnished by The Sun, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, which has the motto ‘Better to die than to be a coward’, were playing the role of enemy and, hence, hid the cudgels for an ambush.
On the other hand, the Parachute Regiment Soldiers or Paras, which has the motto ‘Ready for anything’, launched their final assault of the eight-week exercise. They grabbed all the heavy machine-gun barrels that they could find and hit back.
This brawl led to a huge chaos, with an insider even depicting the entire episode as a scene from a “football hooligan film”. According to him:
It was like a scene from a football hooligan film. Soldiers were fighting using rifles and spare general purpose machine gun barrels as clubs.
A few of the guys were hospitalized, and there aren’t many without a bruise or gash.
Talking about the brawl, an Army spokesperson told Forces News:
We can confirm that there was an incident involving soldiers during a training exercise in Kenya, this is under investigation by the Royal Military Police and it would be inappropriate to comment further.
He further added saying:
Anyone found to have breached the high standards of behavior we expect or to have committed a criminal offence will be dealt with appropriately”.
It is, however, not the first time that the exactly same units have engaged in a serious brawl like this. A couple of years ago, the two units were caught in an exploding brawl as they faced each other on the same exercise at Archer’s Post base in Nanyuki, Kenya.