I really should be writing my MA thesis but I’ve been at it since 05:30 this morning and I need a break, so here are some Flickr photos that an army friend of mind told me about.
These are photos from a CAF image tech (we used to call them photographers) of EX SENECA RAM, a”validation exercise for the 1 CMBG (Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group) HQ command team and staff”, In other words a Tactical Exercise Without Troops (TEWT), or what we in the hobby call a war-game. This EX lasted from Jan 28 to Feb 6, so it was a lot of stress and suck for young officers under the gimlet eyes of the Brigadier and his deputies, but at least better than freezing in the field.
The keen-eyed among you will notice that the captain on the far right and the perplexed subaltern standing in the left centre are wearing the British-style officer’s rank badges on their slip ons, just like their grandfathers did, which apparently helps morale by building tradition. Actually, I think it just confuses a whole generation, like moving from Imperial to Metric, but anyway.
The other observation, which I’m sure you’ve all made ahead of me, is that these fellows really need better toys. I am proposing that war gamers adopt a Canadian Army unit or HQ and provide them with appropriate kit (and maybe trainers) to make these events more interesting.
Even with the Revolution in Military Affairs, a staff officer needs a big stick.
Worst. Table. Ever.