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
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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