With this video series from UF PRO, we’ve been following an elite team of soldiers deployed behind enemy lines performing a hostage rescue operation…
In Part I the team conducted a clandestine HALO insertion into enemy territory. In Parts II and III we see their tactical procedures and the gear used when operating behind the lines, moving into a covert OP, conducting the assault and rescue, and then extracting to the EXFIL location.
PART 2: SETTING UP A COVERT OBSERVATION POST
PART 3: THE ASSAULT
By now you’ve probably heard the news that Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CSt has passed away. What you might not have been aware of however was just how much of a BADASS he was…
Best known for playing legendary bad guys on screen – from Dracula to ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ to a turn-coat wizard in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy – Lee was actually a rather legendary Good Guy in real life.
Christopher Lee was born somewhere in England in 1922. His mother was an Italian Countess who was actually descended from the line of Charlemagne, and she was so important that she was allowed to wear the royal seal of Frederich Barbarossa. Lee’s father, meanwhile, was a distant relative of Robert E. Lee and was multi-decorated war hero who’d served as a Colonel in the 60th King’s Royal Rifle Corps during World War I and the Boer War. Growing up, Lee studied Classics at Wellington College, where he was also a champion squash player, a badass fencer, and spent his spare time playing on the school hockey and rugby.
In commemoration of the airborne forces who led the way in the invasion of Normandy seventy-one years ago, The Liberty Jump Team performed an airdrop of paratroops from a WWII-era C-47 aircraft at Amfreville.
Formed in 2006, The Liberty Jump Team is comprised of active duty & retired ABN as well as families of Vets and those seeking to keep the flame alive. www.libertyjumpteam.org
Photos copyright John Bessems, via Liberty Jump Team
Troops from 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles have today donned the maroon berets of 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army’s rapid reaction force.
Brigadier Nick Borton DSO MBE welcomed 2 RGR to the Brigade at a parade at Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone.
Photographer: Corporal Andy Reddy; Crown copyright, 2015
Photo credit: US Marine Forces Europe and Africa