Canadian TV star teaches Brit troops to spot IED's

#2
I just read another article from the Telegraph this time by Stephen Vizinczey which leads me to believe this might be the worst paper for Aghanistan coverage

BTW if the article is true can someone tell me if" 44 roadside bombs were found in sangin this month a fifth of which were planted by children " how would the source know this ? Did someone see them plant the bombs ?
 
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BTW if the article is true can someone tell me if" 44 roadside bombs were found in sangin this month a fifth of which were planted by children " how would the source know this ? Did someone see them plant the bombs ?
The IED's were made 'Pinjata' style stuffed with Lego and Playmobil as well as 'my little pony' the conclusion hence is an obvious one...
 

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Funny that the Mod has to employ a cowboy used to tracking 800 pound cattle across prairie grass to look for signs of disturbance in sand by children. Surely the sandcastles would be a dead give away?

Seriously though, when out in Brunei we had an exchange program on the go with the Aussies. They had specialists that were amazing trackers out in the outback, taught by the locals and that Ozzie bloke who I can't remember now, the one with the TV programme. The Brits taught them Jungle tracking at Labi, they taught us desert tracking at some god foresaken dust bowl in the middle of Oz.

Anyway, surely that would make more sense, using an ally from a military background who specialised in this kind of terrain...or am I just not thinking like the MoD does?
 

The_Duke

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Sign is sign - the characteristics remain the same. It is just a case of identifying what disturbance, flattening, regularity etc looks like in the environment you are working in.

It was quite interesting going through MST recently. Everyone had been told to be groundsign aware, presence of abnormal etc. They could all recite the phrases but very few of them (if any) had a good understanding of what to look for in reality.

A quick lesson as concurrent activity and a walk through of an observation lane clearly identified that everyone would benefit from much more than a few slides on a powerpoint and constantly reciting the buzzwords. In something as important as this, I am happy that someone is thinking broadly enough to seek help from an expert who will no doubt capture the attention of the soldiers.
 

rampant

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Funny that the Mod has to employ a cowboy used to tracking 800 pound cattle across prairie grass to look for signs of disturbance in sand by children. Surely the sandcastles would be a dead give away?

Seriously though, when out in Brunei we had an exchange program on the go with the Aussies. They had specialists that were amazing trackers out in the outback, taught by the locals and that Ozzie bloke who I can't remember now, the one with the TV programme. The Brits taught them Jungle tracking at Labi, they taught us desert tracking at some god foresaken dust bowl in the middle of Oz.

Anyway, surely that would make more sense, using an ally from a military background who specialised in this kind of terrain...or am I just not thinking like the MoD does?
That would be Les Hiddens of Bushtucker Man fame, I loved that show: Les Hiddins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Saffas/Botswanans & Namibians all have excellent tracker schools as well, I'm surprised that we don't make better use of our links with them.
 
#9
Just rereading the article again trying to decide if it's an April fool published belatedly ?

This caught my eye however " Major Richard Bell came up with the idea after watching Mantracker on Canadian TV "

I recently saw Dealiest Warrior on the net where the Taliban was wiped out by a 5 man ASU from the provisional IRA armed with catapaults and flame throwers . Should I contact the MOD asking them if they could put Gerry and Martin as head of our armed forces ?
 
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AFAIK, Ray Mears actually does the whole roughing it in the ulu thing, unlike Grylls who has a habit of checking into the nearest Hilton*
*To comply with the BBC rules on sponsorship, other hotel chains are available.

Tam
 
#17
What a silly Billy; the MOD don't think, they just sit in a protected corner and squander the tax payers hard earned cash on out dated dreams. As far as the mod is concerned; squaddy's are expendable, just an irritation and should be eradicated. If they did away with the Army, they'd have more cash for their Tridents!
fatsmudge
 
#18
AFAIK, Ray Mears actually does the whole roughing it in the ulu thing, unlike Grylls who has a habit of checking into the nearest Hilton*
*To comply with the BBC rules on sponsorship, other hotel chains are available

Tam
And Ray is an admirer of,and is admired by said Les Hiddens.
 

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