Honourable Warriors

Honourable Warriors

Honourable Warriors

Honourable Warriors

In 2009 Major Richard Streatfeild and his men fought for six months against the Taliban in Sangin, northern Helmand. They were engaged in over 800 fire-fights. They were the target of more than 200 improvised explosive devices. Ten men in his company were killed, 50 were wounded. This is their story – and it is the story, from the front line, of Western intervention in Afghanistan.

His graphic personal account gives an inside view of the physical, psychological and political battle to come to terms with severe casualties and the stress of battle while seeking the support of the local population. It is also an account of strategy being turned into action – of the essential interplay of the personal and professional in the most testing of circumstances.

He describes the day-to-day operations, and he provides a fascinating record of the Taliban’s guerrilla tactics and the British response to them. His narrative gives a direct insight into the experiences of soldiers who had to face down their fear throughout a prolonged tour of duty on the Afghan battlefield.

His narrative is essential reading for anyone who cares to understand the nature of the war in Afghanistan and how the odds are stacked against the army’s success. For the British intervention in Helmand is a microcosm of the Nato-led mission launched against the Taliban and al Qaeda.

As seen in The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Mail on Sunday,
Featured on BBC Radio 4 ‘ The Today’ programme and on BBC South East Television

 

US Army MRAPS in Action – Squadron 52024

US Army MRAPS in Action - Squadron 52024

US Army MRAPS in Action – Squadron 52024

In 2006, President George Bush declared it “priority number one,” to defeat the threat of improvised explosive devices. U.S. MRAPs in Action illustrates the military’s rapid response in developing and deploying mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles that ultimately overcame the threat of roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 225 colour photos present in detail all the major MRAPs: RG-31s, RG-33s, Cougars, Caimans, MaxxPros, and MATVs. Also included are the early deployed M1117 ASVs as well as Husky and Buffalo route-clearance vehicles. Colour photography and detailed captions take the mystery out of identifying the myriad U.S.-deployed MRAP vehicles, first deployed in 2006 and continue to protect service men and women. Illustrated with more than 225 photographs. 80 pages.

 

Fennek LGS – Trumpeter 05533

Fennek LGS – Trumpeter 05533

Fennek LGS – Trumpeter 05533

Fennek LGS – Trumpeter 05533

The Fennek, named as a species of small desert fox, with Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle, is a four wheeled armed reconnaissance vehicle produced by the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Dutch Defence Vehicle Systems. It was developed for both the German Army and Royal Netherlands Army to replace their current vehicles.

In April 2000, the prototype vehicle finished field trials and in December 2001 a combined order was placed. 410 were ordered by the Royal Netherlands Army and 222 by the German military.

More Features The kit consists of over 400 parts
>the kit w/refined detail
>multi-slide moulded lower hull , upper hull
>separate rear panel and crew entry doors
>The main tires are hollow rubber with very good tread pattern
>The photo-etched fret included

English: A German Army Fennek

English: A German Army Fennek (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

British Army Quad Bikes and Crew – AirFix A04701

British Army Quad Bikes and Crew - AirFix A04701

British Army Quad Bikes and Crew – AirFix A04701

Due to the fluid an often changing nature of the modern battlefield, it is vital that supplies and equipment can be brought to the frontline quickly and effectively, and that casualties can be evacuated with speed.

While a helicopter can do this, they are expensive and often venerable to both ground fire an inclement weather conditions. Larger armoured vehicles can also be used, but these lack the mobility of the vehicle of choice for light logistic work, the Quad Bike or All-Terrain Vehicle.

The British Army operate over 200 of these highly mobile light-weight machines, using them extensively in Afghanistan to deliver supplies and conduct patrols in remote areas of the country. The Logic SMT172B Special Military Trailer, is able to hold a wide range of supplies, doubling up as ammunitions and water trailer, as well as a make shift ambulance, able to be equipped with stretchers to evacuate casualties.

The Quads are also able to fit into the back of the Merlin Helicopter, enabling them to be deployed far from their bases quickly in case of emergencies.

Contents:

British Soldiers patrol Helmand Province.

British Soldiers patrol Helmand Province. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Four Multi-Part Figures
  • Two Quad Bikes & Trailers

 

 

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 – Tankograd 5046

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 - Tankograd 5046

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 – Tankograd 5046

The Marder 1 A5 and 1 A5A1 AIFVs in Modern German Army Service

No other vehicle has shaped the German Panzergrenadiertruppe, armoured infantry, more than the Schützenpanzer Marder. While the development history and Cold War use of the Marder armoured infantry fighting vehicle had already been described in Tankograd No. 5017 the present updated publication now focusses on the most modern variants, the Marder 1 A5 and Marder 1 A5A1. The technology and active use of both types is described in great depth with detailed walkarounds and in-service photographs. The pictorial side also includes many rare pictures of the Marder AIFV in service with GECON-ISAF in Afghanistan, a mission that has just ended for the Schützenpanzer with the withdrawal of the last vehicles of this type.


Quantity Photos and Illustrations:
Illustrated with 128 colour photographs
Text – Language: Complete English text
Number of Pages: 64

 

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 - Tankograd 5046

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 – Tankograd 5046

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 - Tankograd 5046

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 – Tankograd 5046

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 - Tankograd 5046

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 – Tankograd 5046

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 - Tankograd 5046

Marder 1A5 and 1A5A1 – Tankograd 5046

A Bundeswehr gunner aboard a 122nd Infantry, C...

A Bundeswehr gunner aboard a 122nd Infantry, Company 5, Marder infantry fighting vehicle fires a MILAN wire-guided anti-tank missile. Notice the missile tube being ejected to the rear by the rocket motor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bundeswehr ROSY smoke protection system

Bundeswehr ROSY smoke protection system

Bundeswehr ROSY smoke protection system

press release
Rheinmetall to supply the Bundeswehr with ROSY smoke protection system

Effective concealment for ground forces

The Bundeswehr is procuring Rheinmetall’s Rapid Obscurant System Land (ROSY_L) for protecting ground vehicles, the first customer to do so. Germany’s Federal Agency for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has contracted with the Düsseldorf-based Group to supply the German military with smoke launchers and installation kits for 500 vehicles and weapon stations. Worth around €8.5 million, the initial order also encompasses 50,000 rounds of associated 40mm multispectral smoke ammunition.

ROSY_L can make a significant contribution to improving force protection in high-risk areas of operation such as Afghanistan. The Bundeswehr plans to use the system primarily for equipping lightweight wheeled and logistical vehicles, thus bridging a special capabilities gap in deployed operations. ROSY_L has been fully qualified by the BAAINBw.

The ROSY_L smoke protection system helps to protect the crew and passengers of military and civilian vehicles from surprise attacks and ambushes e.g. during reconnaissance patrols or while travelling in convoy. Unlike conventional smoke and obscurant systems, ROSY_L produces within one second an instantaneous, large-area, multispectral interruption of the line of sight that shields even moving vehicles with a dynamic, long-lasting smoke screen.

Its multi-mission capability assures 360° protection from multiple attackers (stream and wave attacks). Moreover, thanks to effective screening in the visual and infrared spectrums, including integrated IR jamming and decoying effects, ROSY_L effectively thwarts attacks with all types of TV-, EO-, IR-, IIR-, laser- und SACLOS-guided weapons.

ROSY_L encompasses a basic system with a manual control unit and from one to four ROSY launchers per vehicle. A “one-click” adapter makes mounting the system on vehicles quick and easy, with no need for tools, particularly suitable for “fitted-for” installations.

Furthermore, the system features extreme modularity and can be directly linked to the sensor suite of the carrier vehicle’s computer systems. The ammunition variants can be individually selected and triggered, enabling optimum positioning of smoke screens.

Along with the Bundeswehr, customers from Scandinavia, the Benelux states, Russia and Eastern Europe as well as North Africa and the Middle East have all expressed a strong interest in ROSY_L.

Diverse applications

Besides ROSY_L, Rheinmetall supplies a number of other variants of its basic smoke/obscurant system.

The 40mm ROSY_N decoy system, for example, was specially developed to provide effective protection for small naval and coast guard units. ROSY_N lends itself in particular to fast attack craft, patrol vessels and rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) as well as landing craft, providing excellent protection from missiles and asymmetric attacks in littoral zones or inland waters. The system couples instantaneous protection with a dynamic operational capability.

In addition, the modular ROSY_Mod for small weapon stations and light vehicles of the kind used by special operations forces, for example, is available. ROSY_Mod can be integrated directly into the vehicle without a launcher, making it undetectable.

 

 





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