The most arduous training and the toughest of Britain's soldiers are now needed for peacekeeping duties in the province of Northern Ireland, where public order has been severely disrupted in recent months.
CU Riot-dressed commandos approach barricade (2 shots)
SV Missile thrown as troops continue their advance (3 shots)
SV Petrol fires burning and more bombs thrown as troops advance (3 shots)
SV Rioers (2 shots)
SV Commando in vehicle
SV & CU Fires (2 shots)
SV More missiles and petrol bombs thrown
SV Troops follow up hearing riot shields (2 shots)
SV's troops advancing as small fires rage (7 shots)
SV Vehicle forcing down barricade, troops follow up behind
SV & GV fires continue burning (2 shots)
CU Interview with Major Don Brewster
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 12: REPORTER: "How close a simulation do you fee this is then?"
BREWSTER: "Well, very close, as you probably saw at one stage in the exercise, although it wasn't entirely planned, one of the marines was in fact set on fire by a fire-bomb."
REPORTER: "It is a very dangerous exercise. Do you expect to get anybody injured at all?"
BREWSTER: "No, it's not dangerous. Apart from that one incident it is strictly controlled. We do get minor cuts and bruises, but that comes from aiming for realism."
REPORTER: "And what about the marine who went up in flames. How's he taking It?"
BREWSTER: "No harm at all. His uniform isn't event scorched."
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Background: The most arduous training and the toughest of Britain's soldiers are now needed for peacekeeping duties in the province of Northern Ireland, where public order has been severely disrupted in recent months.
This BBC film shows the final training in riot control of 42 Commando group of the Royal Marines, just before it was due to leave for duty in Northern Ireland.
The force's Second-in-Command, Major Don Brewster, talked about the realistic training of his men.
SYNOPSIS: This scene of riot-troops moving in on a street barricade has a connection with the troubled British Province of Northern Ireland, but actually this is all happening in Devon, one of England's most peaceful counties.
For these rae men of 42 Commando group, Royal Marines, training for imminent duty in Northern Ireland. These men were leaving their Devon base within a week, and the most realistic training imaginable was preparing them for the worst.
The petrol bombs and the bricks and the stones being hurled at the soldiers were real. Only the rioters were not. They were fellow commandos doing their best to prepare their comrades for what is now the toughest assignment in the British army. The man responsible for seeing these soldiers are realistically prepared for Northern Ireland duty is Major Don Brewster, 42 Commando's second-in-command.