Officers training at Britain's Royal College of Defence Studies had a taste of "wartime" conditions on Wednesday (14 November) when they visited the British Forces Second Armoured Division in West Germany.
Officers training at Britain's Royal College of Defence Studies had a taste of "wartime" conditions on Wednesday (14 November) when they visited the British Forces Second Armoured Division in West Germany. One of the aims of the exercise was to give them an insight into the operational life and role of the First British Crops in West Germany.
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Twenty-three different nationalities are represented on the present course at the royal college, which was once British only. The college now takes officers from NATO, Commonwealth and other countries for studies of the defence of Western democracies.
Supported by Harrier jets, Britain's prized vertical take-off planes, troops from the Second Armoured Division acted out a mock assault and defence manoeuvre for the sake of their spectators.
The attack was well-planned an went without hitches, the attacking forces advancing steadily on the defence positions.
The manoeuvre ended with the surrender of the defence forces ... a tidy end to a highly-organised operation.
Of course in real war they don't take time out for refreshments .. and the troops don't normally have the chance to sit back and watch their officers perform.
Although the men taking the Royal Defence College course must be of brigadier or equivalent rank, not all are professional soldiers. Some are training for top civil service posts, and others as diplomats.
The course aims at preparing them for the different parts they will play in shaping future defence policies of their countries and education them in the relevant political, economic, social and strategic factors. The Royal College, more formally know as the Imperial Defence College, owes its existence to the recommendation of a Parliamentary committee in 1922, the chairman of which was Winston Churchill. From its early small beginnings it has grown to become one of the best training grounds of its kind in the West.