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A Portuguese paratrooper poses for a photo demonstrating their new modular load carriage and armor protection system, the M18 camouflage uniform (‘multifleck’) introduced last year, and an FN SCAR-L assault rifle. The FN SCAR was adopted by the Portuguese Army last year as well. Members of Portugal’s Special Operations Forces however appear to opted for […]

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Latvian Soldiers Conduct Target Practice on Skis

One of my favorite winter Olympic sport is biathlon – the combination of cross-country skiing and target shooting. Like several other Olympic sports, biathlon had its origins in martial sports – synchronized swimming isn’t one of them however. It won’t come as any surprise of course that some European Armies still practice the art of […]

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Coming in cold! A Canadian Armed Forces Bell CH-146 Griffon coming in to land during a winter exercise. The Bell CH-146 Griffon is a multi-role utility helicopter of the Huey family, designed by Bell Helicopter Textron as a variant of the Bell 412EP for the Canadian Armed Forces. The CH-146 is used in a wide variety […]

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Royal Marines of 45 Marine Commando are in the Norwegian Arctic being put through their paces in one of the world’s most extreme environments on Winter Deployment 21. The Cold Weather Warfare Course has three phases – survival, mobility and warfare. This creates a well-rounded winter warrior, enabling the commandos to operate effectively in this […]

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Boobytrapped in Bosnia

In the most generic action movies, a dying soldier pulls the pin on a grenade and holds the spoon closed with his body — the idea being when the enemy finds him the resulting explosion becomes a final “f*** you.” There are other kinds of booby traps as well, though, including rifle mags. Ever heard […]

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Sky Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st Cavalry Regiment perform Airborne Operations from Ramstein Air Base to Bunker Drop Zone at Grafenwoehr Training Area as part of an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE), Jan. 20, 2021. EDRE is a U.S. Department of Defense directed, strategic deployment designed to test the Army’s ability to rapidly […]

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What the Hell is a Battle Rifle?

Most people have have heard of assault rifles, and many know that the first types were developed by the German Army during WWII – first calling them “machine carbines” or “sub-machine guns” before settling on the cooler sounding assault rifle classification (“Sturmgewehr”) in order to obtain Hitler’s signature on the production order.   Besides having […]

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