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Phil

Overworked and underpaid person casually interested in military and international affairs and much else besides.

Choose FOB Life

Some random photo’s from FOB Khar Nikah and PB Bahadur which was a satellite Patrol Base of the FOB on HERRICK 13. There’s more if anyone is interested. For ones daily motions. Got busy before big ops. Can’t remember the…

UK and Syria – The OLAAR

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An OLAAR you ask? Well if my memory serves me right it stands for Operational Learning And After Action Report. Basically something you write when someone or something has spanked in. And David Cameron’s plans have certainly spanked in. So…

Platoon and Bren Gun Myths

This series of short articles is about looking at some of the more persistent myths surrounding the British Army during the Second World War. In this first of three it concerns the position of the Light Machine Gun (aka the…

A new model TA

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A guest post from Phil In this article I aim to put across some of my ideas for how a new model TA might manage to bridge the risks inherent in its new role of providing even more of an…

#Army2020 – The Global Golf Bag

A guest post from Phil This post represents some thoughts on the recent Army 2020 announcements. They are just that, thoughts on an announcement and must be taken as such since nobody, possibly even the decision makers in the Army,…

An Alternative TA Model

A guest post from Phil… This explores a possible model for the TA of the future. It is based on the SDSR Army model of 2 light intervention groupings and 5 enduring operations groupings. Since this model is the current…

A Case Study – the Danish Army

Danish Leopard in Afghanistan
Why the Danish Army (strength approx 14,000 actives)? Partly it is because we worked closely with them during my tour of Afghanistan as the Ground Holding Company I was a part of was one of two British companies under the…