By Cpl. Diego Bunuel
- The broad tracks of the three AS 90s of the Chestnut Company dug deep
into the black earth, flinging mud pies to the side of the road as they
raced to set up their artillery battery on a slight slope. Their guns,
155 mm from the 1st Royal Horse Artillery Regiment, the biggest in Bosnia
and Hercegovina, raised their monstrous muzzles skyward and waited for
the instructions from the forward observation post on the other side of
his target from the turret of his modified warrior, the "OP"
called in the co-ordinates. The objective lies on the steep, rocky flanks
of a mountain range a few kilometres away.
mechanical arm shoved in the 96-pound shell with lightning speed. The
three-foot long charge then followed.
the gun's turret, the detonation sounded muffled. But the blast ripped
the air like the crack of a whip and resonated as it bounced off the surrounding
a dozen of high explosive shells relentlessly pounded the area with enormous
explosions and deafening booms.
BiH the Chestnut Company has the responsibility of making available three
of its guns and deploy them anywhere on a six-hour notice to move, explained
Maj. Neil Marshall, the battery commander.
But during such exercises a whole logistical group comprised
of an MT unit, a quartermaster and an equipment support unit along with
a recovery system, follows the battery everywhere they go.