Exercise Baltic Resolve on Glamoc ranges
By 1Lt Alexander Barb
- Shots are ringing out. A reconnaissance infantry platoon goes down
the hill through scattered bushes, progressing in bounds. The Lithuanian
soldiers from E Squadron, who belong to the NORDPOL Battle Group, take
position and retaliate.
Oct. 19, 220 Danish, Polish and Lithuanians, and about 30 Americans
set up their tent camp in the plains of Glamoc after a 250 kilometre
drive from Camp Dannevirke near Doboj in MND-N.
continuity of the Battle Group is assured through Danish soldiers conducting
joint patrols with Canadians in the area of Doboj. The exercise also
allowed testing of the NORDPOL deployment capability.
been preparing for three days for the exercise, firing on the Hussard
Range to zero in our guns. We also used our 7.62mm machine guns which
are on the tanks," said Maj. Kenneth Pedersen, commanding the Danish
Leopard Tanks of C Squadron. In Denmark, they belong to the 2nd Tank
Squadron of the 1st Battalion, Dragoon Regiment based in Holstebro.
An Apache helicopter appears above Miclic Range and opens fire. Another one follows, engaging the enemy with its rockets. They quickly withdraw. A third one arrives, almost scraping the ground, rises up, stabilizes, aims and sends a rocket that destroys an enemy tank.
helicopters follow in waves, constantly firing. Meanwhile, the infantry,
hidden behind a white smoke screen moves back. Echos reverberate on
Kenneth Pedersen gives his orders by a crackling radio, "Fire!"
The 105mm guns pour shells into the opposing enemy positions located
almost four kilometres away.
great driving that tank. Every boy dreams to drive, but only a few do.
The top speed is 70 km/h, but on bumpy ground like this, we can only
drive at 30 km/h," explained Lance Cpl. Ronnie Schmidt, who's been
driving a Leopard for three years now.
Five Apaches reappear in the cloudy sky and illuminate the last targets with their lasers. They line up to fire. A missile lights up, disappears behind a hill then explodes in a flash. Others come at an infernal rate. A few minutes later, the enemy surrenders.