Co-operation In The Snow
Capt Russell Craig
First published in
SFOR Informer#133, February 28, 2002
Members of the 1st Reconnaissance Platoon of the French
Battle Group (FRBG) monitored members of the Federation Army
(VF) on the ranges Feb. 25. This was part of their ongoing
role to gather information within the FRBG area of responsibility.
Bradina - High above the Sarajevo to Mostar road, nestled
among snowy hills and woods, two armies worked: members of
the VF Rapid Reaction Brigade carried out a timed march and
shoot, whilst French soldiers monitored their training and
"The main point of the monitoring is to check the amount
of ammunition, the number and type of weapons - for example,
the type today is the M16 - and the type of live firing exercise
(of the VF)," said Lt. Benoit Estour, recce platoon commander.
The monitoring was conducted by visual checks and by talking
to the VF officer in charge. The relationship between the
two groups, however, was one of co-operation, not hostility.
"To work with them (the VF) is very interesting. They
are really trying to re-organise as a modern army. The soldiers
here are some of the best, they are good shots
are well trained and have enough ammunition," said French
Staff Sgt. Fabrice Casier, the Platoon Sgt.
The atmosphere was jovial and French soldiers took part in
the march and shoot, within VF squads. The VF commander expressed
that it was "very good to work with the French soldiers."
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