The guns of Glamoc
By 2nd Lt. Alexandre Barbé
The scenario of the exercise:
- A sudden flash highlighted the hill. Thunderstorms rang out.
The Danish 105 mm Leopard 1 A5 guns poured fire. The Baltic Resolve
exercise entered its final phase.
armed forces started to fight on a small scale. That's the reason
why we were sent to this hot spot. A Polish infantry platoon set
up a checkpoint, but it was fired at. Thanks to the tanks and
Kiowa and Blackhawk helicopters support, we re-established a safe
and secure environment," resumed Dalgaard.
But such an exercise couldn't be realised without any preparation to say the least. "We have three platoons of three tanks each and my own tank," said Maj. Dennis Hansen, commanding the Danish C Squadron based in Camp Dannevirke, near the town of Doboj.
squadron came from the Prince Henrik Regiment in Denmark. For
the exercise, only four tanks fired at the same time because the
firing range was too small to allow the 10 to fire together. But
all of them got the opportunity to fire, thanks to the different
training during the week. Moreover, two days were taken to accurately
fire the guns that had to hit their targets about three kilometres
away on the hill facing them.
Denmark we can hit targets up to five kilometres away. But we
modified our tanks for this mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina
in order to be able to fire up to six kilometres," commented
Hansen. The exercise was not a game, although the soldiers had
a good time. "It isn't easy to drive a tank here because
of the small roads and hills. It's tough terrain for the tanks.
The firing was really good. It's the only opportunity we had to
conduct a live-fire exercise during our six-month tour,"
stressed Pfc. Lars Pedersen, tank driver.
enjoyed the exercise because it's good training for us and the
tanks, even if we fired only 10 rounds today," confided Pfc.
Martin Rothmann, loader. Even if the weather conditions were not
the best, "it didn't affect us," he added.
However, as the battle group's motto said: "One mission, one team," the Poles also played their part in the exercise. A 20-soldier platoon from the infantry Alpha Company based in Doboj, was deployed in the field. It was the first exercise as an infantry platoon leader for 1st Lt. Andrezj Gardynik. "We prepared the exercise with the Danes and we had very good co-operation with them," he affirmed.
could be seen in the ongoing exercise, which was perfectly co-ordinated.
"(The soldiers) appreciated it because it allowed them to
be outside the camp and to escape the daily routine. Moreover,
it's a good opportunity to test our BRDM (APC) and our 14.5 mm
machine guns," he added. They hit their targets from 1,300
good things never last long and the return to Camp Dannevirke
is already prepared. "As soon as we're back, we'll be ready
to carry out our usual missions. I heard that the Portuguese who
took over from us during the exercise did a very good job,"