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From The History Department: “Special Forces” – The Big Picture 1962

“Distinguished motion picture, stage, and television star, Mr. Henry Fonda, is the host-narrator for this issue of THE BIG PICTURE – which turns its attention to the soldiers of the Special Forces.”

“From the rigorous, demanding training at the Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to an exciting Special Forces Training Mission high in the Bavarian Alps, THE BIG PICTURE audiences will find this release timely, entertaining and informative!”

The film looks in particular at the 10th Special Forces Group.  The 10th Special Forces Group is responsible for operations within the EUCOM area of responsibility, as part of the Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUR), as well as parts of Africa and the Middle East.  10th SFG was formed on 19 June 1952, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, under the command of Colonel Aaron Bank. The Group was split in 1953, with one half being sent to Germany, while the other half remained at Fort Bragg to form the core of the 77th Special Forces Group.

In 1968, the majority of the unit transferred to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, with the exception of 1st Battalion, which remained in Germany. Between 1994 and 1995, 10th SFG moved to Fort Carson, Colorado, which remains its current home.

10th Special Forces Group began training with unconventional warfare groups from friendly countries in the 1960s, beginning with NATO allies. The Group has also trained various components of the militaries of several Middle Eastern countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Iran, as well as Kurdish tribesmen. Units of the 10th SFG have participated in humanitarian missions to the Congo, Somalia, and Rwanda. 10th SFG was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991 during the First Persian Gulf War. The 10th SFG has been heavily involved in the War on Terrorism, deploying to Georgia, North, West, and Central Africa, Afghanistan, and to Iraq.

(Hat tip to former 10th SFG member Ken G. for alerting us to the video)

French Lessons From Mali: Support Together, Fight Alone

This article was originally published on BreakingDefense.com – copyright 2013 Breaking Media, Inc.
 

Murielle Delaporte, a respected French military analyst, was embedded with French forces in Mali for 10 days in late April and offers this early look at lessons learned by France, and by her allies.

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French forces appear to have succeeded in Mali. They blunted the mad progress of Islamist extremist forces during Operation Serval and drove them back to the northern mountains – where some of whom blew themselves up rather than surrender when faced with defeat.

The first phase of Operation Serval, as the French incursion into Mali was known, was a genuine military success. Maybe, as one former French Foreign Legion officer observed, Serval stands as one of the few French military victories since the Cold War.

During three months of fighting France lost six soldiers and suffered 200 wounded, while forces from neighboring Chad — who reportedly fought with verve and effectiveness — lost more.

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Friday Foto

This photo taken March 8, 2013 by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows French soldiers patrolling in the Mettatai region in northern Mali.

France’s Presidential office on Saturday March 23 2013 said that DNA testing has shown that Al-Qaida-linked North African warlord Abou Zeid was killed in combat with French troops in Mali in February. Chad’s President had claimed earlier that his troops had killed Zeid.

(AP Photo/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD)

 

Operation Serval – French intervention in Mali

I predict that we’re going to be seeing a lot more in the news about Western military, especially counter-insurgency, operations in Africa in the months ahead – as this continent appears most definitely to be the next front in the ongoing struggle against global Islamist extremism and terrorism.

The 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment jumped into Timbuktu on 29 January 2013.

At the moment of course, the conflict that everyone is watching is the French intervention in Mali.  Following the UN Security Council Resolution 2085 of 20 December 2012, the aim of the operation is to stop and ultimately defeat an aggressive Islamic militant rebellion in the north of Mali, which had begun a push into the center of Mali.  The operation is named after the medium-sized African wild cat species Serval.

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Bayonet Charge Foils Enemy Ambush

We featured this modern-day “They don’t like it up ’em!” Corporal Jones on our Facebook page a few days ago, now here’s the full story from the Ministry of Defence, Defence News…

A soldier who led a bayonet charge over 80 metres of open ground through enemy fire has been awarded the Military Cross.

Corporal Sean Jones

Corporal Sean Jones, 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.
(Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012)

The gallant tactical move by Corporal Sean Jones of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) reversed a potentially dire situation when his patrol came under attack in a carefully planned ambush in October last year.

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