Belgian soldiers conclude their winter exercise at Czech training area

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

The wish of Belgian 12/13 Li Bataillon of 13th Regiment de Ligne unit to experience really harsh winter conditions has been fulfilled to the utmost during its two-week exercise at the Boletice Military Training Area in the south-west of the Czech Republic.

The Belgian battalion in size of more than five hundred soldiers came to the Czech Republic at the beginning of this February to conduct a field training exercise under winter conditions.

Belgians proved their skills and improved their command and decision-making process in mountainous Boletice Military Training Area in the south-west of the Czech Republic, the Sumava Mountains.

The large area of the Boletice MTA of about 22 000 hectares (almost 85 square miles = some 54 acres) provided excellent conditions for all attack and defence manoeuvres requiring long movements.

Belgian and Czech forward air controllers called also for close air support, but even if a couple of L-159 ALCA aircraft from Caslav Air Base has arrived and overflown the target area, it could not strike because of safety reasons. Heavy fog covered the target area.

Major General Hubert de Vos, Ground Forces Commander of the Belgian military, who visited his soldiers in the field, expressed his thanks for good logistic support from the part of Czechs.

Pictures by: Jan Krc, Mirek Sindelar and a Belgian photographer.

Posted: March 4, 2013