Toughest patrolling test of the world marks its 60th anniversary

In the late 1950s and early ‘60s, soldiers stepped into their newly issued British Army footwear known as Boots DMS. They picked up their weapons, packs, tentage and bedding and trudged their way on a marching competition from Hay-on-Wye to Maesteg - a route that covered 74 miles and many of the peaks of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. Back then, it was known as the Cambrian March - a competition for Territorial Army soldiers keen to show their prowess in fitness and map-reading ability.
Exercise Cambrian Patrol has carefully developed into a world-class challenge that attracts the very best of what international armies across the globe have to offer. (Picture source: British MoD)

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