15 September 2011

UK In Action: French Coordination

A French soldier (left) with the Armee de Terre, is pictured briefing British soldiers during the first ever joint military exercise between the two nations at CENZUB the French Urban Centre in Sisonne, France. Members of 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards are the first British soldiers to engage in tactical level training with the French Army since the announcement of the UK-France Defence Cooperation Treaty on 2 November 2010. Some 130 soldiers from the battalion’s Number 1 Company and attached personnel from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh, The London Regiment and 5 Medical Regiment travelled to the French Urban Centre (CENZUB), where French forces conduct their Operations in Built-up Areas training (OBUA). Exercise GAULISH, which took place between 21 March and 1 April was an opportunity to conduct joint Company-level training and represented the first steps towards the long-term aim of bilateral cooperation between the British and French armies at all levels.

img from UK MoD

By: Widow 6-7

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