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Day to Day life in Formation Reconnaissance?

#1
Can anyone possibly tell me what day to day life is like in Formation Recce? I know at Btn in Infantry if your light role you sit around and geek your xbox360 all day..
 
#3
ah the loose women... damn the confusing name
 
#6
Being of the ancient species, I was Medium Recce ( the old name for Formation Recce) during the 70,s and first 2 years of the 80's. ( In BAOR for most of that time) A day in the life? well in barracks it was no different to any other Armoured Recce or Armoured regiment, the tank park all day every day. On excercise though it was different, it was fantastic. The Soltau training area? no way that was for the big smelly diesel things!

We swarmed all over Germany, we even went on excercise in the Mosel Valley. While Armoured Regt vehicle commanders had "one" map of the Soltau area to consider, we would put together up to 30 maps for every excercise, such was the area we covered. We stayed in woods next to towns and villages, CVR/T was allowed everywhere, we stopped in village stores to stock up on food and beer, it was great. Down side? Weekends! due to the restrictions on tracked vehicles ( which sadly included CVR/T) we tended to be put in troop tactical OP's until midnight on Sunday when we could get back to significant movement. I would have stayed on Recce for ever, I may have been RTR but CVR/T "Scorpion" was the love of my life! in a non sexual way of course.
 

AlienFTM

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#7
aghart said:
Being of the ancient species, I was Medium Recce ( the old name for Formation Recce) during the 70,s and first 2 years of the 80's. ( In BAOR for most of that time) A day in the life? well in barracks it was no different to any other Armoured Recce or Armoured regiment, the tank park all day every day. On excercise though it was different, it was fantastic. The Soltau training area? no way that was for the big smelly diesel things!

We swarmed all over Germany, we even went on excercise in the Mosel Valley. While Armoured Regt vehicle commanders had "one" map of the Soltau area to consider, we would put together up to 30 maps for every excercise, such was the area we covered. We stayed in woods next to towns and villages, CVR/T was allowed everywhere, we stopped in village stores to stock up on food and beer, it was great. Down side? Weekends! due to the restrictions on tracked vehicles ( which sadly included CVR/T) we tended to be put in troop tactical OP's until midnight on Sunday when we could get back to significant movement. I would have stayed on Recce for ever, I may have been RTR but CVR/T "Scorpion" was the love of my life! in a non sexual way of course.
What he said.
 

AlienFTM

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#9
spank_the_monkey_to_death said:
Yep, everyone asked for medium recce, so all over the place on exercise
Not quite sure where you are going with this statement. We in medium recce had our role and our positions in front of the brigades and that was what we did. We were blessed when training that we were not tied to the other battlegroups and we could swan over the countryside within limits.

The Close Recce squadrons on the other hand, were assigned, one large troop to each of the other BGs, which were often tied to the same old training areas. (That would be Soltau and the Hat.) But because they did not operate alongside the regiment, when it came to troop training, they were invariably deployed as Orange Forces. Being small and fast they could move freely about the exercise area and because they were playing Commies, they were not tied by the restrictions imposed on medium recce.

So it was rather the close recce that were all over the place on exercise.
 
#10
yes,close recce, did swan everywhere, usally somewhere no could find us,but always near a pub, great days close recce, BG Commander asking for sitreps, and one guy shouting through gasthaus window, told him we are engaging enemy, only for said BG commander two minutes later to be hovering over us in a gazelle. 8O

So glad i was just a driver then. :)
 
#11
AlienFTM said:
spank_the_monkey_to_death said:
Yep, everyone asked for medium recce, so all over the place on exercise
Not quite sure where you are going with this statement. We in medium recce had our role and our positions in front of the brigades and that was what we did. We were blessed when training that we were not tied to the other battlegroups and we could swan over the countryside within limits.

The Close Recce squadrons on the other hand, were assigned, one large troop to each of the other BGs, which were often tied to the same old training areas. (That would be Soltau and the Hat.) But because they did not operate alongside the regiment, when it came to troop training, they were invariably deployed as Orange Forces. Being small and fast they could move freely about the exercise area and because they were playing Commies, they were not tied by the restrictions imposed on medium recce.

So it was rather the close recce that were all over the place on exercise.
As in...because we were medium recce, we were in great demand and didn't live the life of a boring Chieftain regt on exercies
 

elovabloke

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#12
spank_the_monkey_to_death said:
As in...because we were medium recce, we were in great demand and didn't live the life of a boring Chieftain regt on exercies
I was never bored - you must have carried the wrong porn & beer on your panzer if it got to you like that. 8)
 
#13
Hang on, think we have our wires crossed somewhere :) .

Never was I bored on exercise, had too much to do. Which is what I said i.e. unlike the Chieftain boys who harboured up in woods for a week :D Another words what Aghart said
 

elovabloke

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#14
spank_the_monkey_to_death said:
Hang on, think we have our wires crossed somewhere :) .

Never was I bored on exercise, had too much to do. Which is what I said i.e. unlike the Chieftain boys who harboured up in woods for a week :D Another words what Aghart said
Aghart was 1 RTR so needed something fast as a getaway wagon :wink:
 

AlienFTM

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#15
spank_the_monkey_to_death said:
AlienFTM said:
spank_the_monkey_to_death said:
Yep, everyone asked for medium recce, so all over the place on exercise
Not quite sure where you are going with this statement. We in medium recce had our role and our positions in front of the brigades and that was what we did. We were blessed when training that we were not tied to the other battlegroups and we could swan over the countryside within limits.

The Close Recce squadrons on the other hand, were assigned, one large troop to each of the other BGs, which were often tied to the same old training areas. (That would be Soltau and the Hat.) But because they did not operate alongside the regiment, when it came to troop training, they were invariably deployed as Orange Forces. Being small and fast they could move freely about the exercise area and because they were playing Commies, they were not tied by the restrictions imposed on medium recce.

So it was rather the close recce that were all over the place on exercise.
As in...because we were medium recce, we were in great demand and didn't live the life of a boring Chieftain regt on exercies
Furry muff
 
#16
I recall one great exercise in Germany, I was attached to the 17/21 Lancers as part of 4 Bde (Corps Reserve). We spent best part of a week leaguered up in a wood, how much ale & whiskey can one drink? Sh*t loads is the answer. Once the Brigade was introduced to the battle it was much fun, Chieftains cutting off the M1 & Leopards in their prime. Certainly wasn't boring, sure beats dismounted OP's hands down.

Nobby
 

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