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The Capture of Aqaba

On 6 July 1917 Lawrence of Arabia captured the port town of Aqaba in perhaps one of the greatest coups of the First World War.  He had left the Arab camp at Wejh on 9 May, embarking on an epic expedition across some of the worst desert terrain in Arabia. As they approached Aqaba their ranks swelled with friendly tribesmen, numbering over 1,000 men when they finally took the town.


In the summer of 1917, T. E. Lawrence and the Arab leaders recognized the importance of seizing the port of Aqaba in order to secure a port and base on the northern Red Sea coast that could in turn facilitate further campaigns into Palestine and Syria.  Accompanied by a party of tribesmen and Auda abu Tayi, the hereditary war chief of the warlike Howeitat tribe, Lawrence led a small force on an epic two-month march through the desert. After a clash with a Turkish battalion at Abu al-Lissan, the Arab force took the surrender of some of the outlying garrisons and finally took Aqaba on 6 July 1917.

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The Professional’s Insight Part 2: Setting Up A Covert OP

UF PRO give us a glimpse behind the curtains as they follow an elite team of soldiers deployed behind enemy lines performing a hostage rescue operation.

In this second part of their video trilogy, the viewer will discover some of the tactical procedures and the gear used when operating in enemy territory.

UF PRO Part 2

Snipers from British Army’s Rapid Reaction Force practice their skill

Snipers from 16 Air Assault Brigade’s infantry units came together on the Stanford Training Area (STANTA) in Norfolk this week (6-9 May). As well as hitting targets at ranges of up to 1,200 metres by day and night, the snipers were tested on close quarter shooting, stalking and their observation and concealment skills.


Among the soldiers taking part were snipers from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, based at Tern Hill in Shropshire, and Colchester-based 2nd and 3rd Battalions The Parachute Regiment and The Pathfinders.

Snipers fulfil a vital and enduring role on the battlefield, in terms of intelligence-gathering, target identification and eliminating high-value targets. They work in pairs, with the more experienced acting as the spotter, using high quality optics to sight targets and judge wind and elevation to guide the shooter, who is equipped with the powerful and accurate L115A3 rifle.

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Jankel Jeep J8 ‘Pegasus’ Special Operations Vehicle

Based on the rugged and reliable Jeep J8 platform, the ‘Pegasus’ is an air-transportable, light strike capable, Special Operations Vehicle.

Jankel are the official worldwide partner with Chrysler for the sale of the Jeep J8 Family of Military Vehicles. Variants include Troop Carriers, Utility Vehicles and Patrol Vehicles. The Pegasus is the most advanced of these vehicles.

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Learn Combat Tracking and Information Exploitation in New Mexico with Pencari

PENCARI is a leading defense and security training provider specializing in the delivery of bespoke training. The company’s training cadre consists of former Military and Law Enforcement specialists from a wide variety of fields, with first-hand experience of operating in some of the world’s most demanding and hostile environments.  

“Pencari” means ‘Searcher or Seeker’ in Bahasa Malay, and the company was founded by Major Dean A Williams MBE – a veteran of 26 years in the Royal Marine Commandos who served at every rank from Marine to Major, and also with experience in the commercial training sector.  It was while serving in Brunei, initially as the Training Officer and then the Officer Commanding the UK Military’s Jungle Warfare and Combat Tracking School that Dean recognized the need for an intelligent and focussed training delivery organization that continually ‘seeks’ and strives for the very latest techniques in Awareness, Exploitation and Environmental training design, concept and delivery.


Today, PENCARI has a world-leading team of subject matter experts capable of delivering the very best Awareness, Exploitation and Environmental training – in any environment.


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