C Sqn, Household Cavalry Regiment, Harvesting in BiH

Capt. Rhoda Frampton
First published in
SFOR Informer#139, May 23, 2002

With only their second Operation Harvest under their belt, C Squadron (Sqn), Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR) had on May 2-3, a successful 36-hour operation in the Dubica West area.

Dubica - The Sqn has conducted one other Op Harvest jointly with local police. "This is the first active Op Harvest for C Sqn, in the time that we have been here," said Capt. William Snook, second in command of the Squadron. "This will be the first of many this summer."

In this same area in 1999
Eight heavy weapons, 68 small arms, and a large array of munitions, including fifty 120mm mortars, forty 82mm mortars, thirty-two 80mm mortars, 79 grenades and approximately 12,000 small arms rounds were recovered.
The Sgn ran the operation, within its Area of Responsibility, with a Platoon from The Prince of Wales Coy of the Welsh Guard Battle Group, which forms a Divisional Reserve Company. The Prince of Wales Platoon spent four days with C Sqn so that they could familiarise themselves with the normal framework operations should they be required to augment the Sqn.
"C Sqn was here in this same area in 1999 as part of the HCR Battle Group, so it is generally the second of third time for most of the soldiers in this area," said Maj. Adam Lawrence, officer commanding of the Sqn.
"We go and physically check into all kinds of areas," said Andy Short, Lance Cpl of Horse. While conducting a search at a farm they discovered a rifle in a large storage barrel and an M72 behind a shed.
At the same time, another team reported two 120mm mortars and other munitions being handed over.

Danger To Children
"This is my first Op Harvest and I'm quite pleased," said Sgt. Rhys Gwillan of the Welsh Guards, "Yesterday we picked up two 82mm mortars and other mortar rounds; it was a good find."
"I was at my neighbours house and I approached them (the SFOR soldiers) because I had had (the munitions) for years, and I wanted to get rid of them as soon as possible and now I have the chance," said the farmer who turned in the two 82mm mortars and munitions. "It is dangerous: there are children around, and it took up a lot of space in my barn, I wanted to get rid of the boxes of mortars because if there was a fire, those tubes could explode and blow up everything in the area. I have had this in my barn since the war, the Army said they would leave it and pick it up later, but they never came back."

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Photos: Cpl. Grant Rivalin

Two 120 mm mortars and 25 boxes of munitions were turned over to C Sqn.

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Sgt. John Llewellyn of the Welsh Guards takes part in a recent Op Harvest conducted by C Sqn, writes a receipt for weapons found at a farm.

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Members of C Sqn HCR lift one of two 120mm mortars turned over to them during a recent Op Harvest in the Dubica west area.

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Soldiers from C Sqn, HCR, check the registration of a rifle during a recent Op Harvest.