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Tag Archives: Army

  • Military Heroes: Sir Arthur Harris

    Sir Arthur Harris

    The term ’military hero’ is perhaps not so appropriate for Sir Arthur Harris, depending on which side of the fence you stand on. His role within the First and Second World Wars undoubtedly played a part in the Allied victory, but the question is whether the ends justified the means. His tactics, ideas and opinions were certainly dividing, and to many, seemed extreme. Here, we take a look at the life and career of Sir Arthur Harris, also known as Bomber or Butcher Harris, and leave it to you to form your own opinion.

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  • An Overview of Joint Force 2025

    Soldier in the battlefield

    If you’ve paid any attention to military reports and literature over the last couple of years, you’ll have noticed a common phrase cropping up. Mentioned in the RAF Strategy in 2017, the MOD’s Annual Reports and Accounts for 2018-2019 (an interesting read in of itself) and, perhaps the first sighting of this phrase, was in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). The purpose of the 2015 SDSR was to outline the moves the UK is making to upgrade its defence capabilities. Since then, the term has been used across a slew of internal and external materials, but what does it mean? Here, we offer a brief overview of what you need to know about Joint Force 2025.

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  • Paul Van Riper and the Millennium Challenge

    Royal Marines Saluting CaptainYes, the title may sound like a discarded Harry Potter spin-off series, but it is, in fact, serious stuff. The story of the Millennium Challenge has flown relatively under the radar for a number of years. It was first brought into public consciousness by Malcolm Gladwell and his book ‘Blink’; A non-fiction title which looked to educate us on the idea of ‘thinking without thinking’, the decision making process and the story behind our snap decisions. The book was published in 2005 and continues to be used in classrooms and lecture halls across the country. Gladwell wrote about the Millennium Challenge in a way that made it accessible for the masses to understand, something which had not been done until that point. This accessibility was what prompted a deeper dive into the events, and General Paul Van Riper’s role within them.

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  • What is Mental Resilience Training?

    Soldier crawling through mud

    Throughout this article, it’s important to bear in mind the definition of resilience, and just as importantly, what resilience ISN’T. By definition, resilience is ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’. When describing shapes, resilience is comparable to elasticity and an ability to spring back into shape. Equally important to note, resilience doesn’t necessarily mean to tolerate or endure i.e. grin and bear it. Nor does it mean to avoid trauma and be resistant to change.

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  • How do Bomb Suits Work?

    Bomb suit with explosion in background

    Bomb suits, otherwise known as Explosive Ordnance Disposal suits, are the culmination of years of innovation in battlefield technology. They capitalise on using state of the art materials in their construction, along with being cleverly designed to minimise the effects of an explosion on the wearer. As seen in various films and TV shows throughout the years, most notably in 2008’s The Hurt Locker, the humble bomb suit is something that we think doesn’t get enough credit. Therefore, in this article, we’ll be looking at what goes into making one and how the technologies work together to keep the wearer as safe as possible.

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  • The Role of Military Psychologists

    Military boarding a plane

    At first glance, psychology and the military can seem somewhat unrelated. Being part of the military often requires exceptional physical performance, especially from younger and newer recruits. Whether this is running, swimming, parachuting or any other physical exertion, having strong physical power and lasting endurance are vital assets of being effective in a military role. However, something that is often overlooked is the psychological side of being part of the military. In this article, we look at the role of military psychologists and how they use their skills to further their country's military power.

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  • What are Private Militaries?

    Private Military standing on tanks

    Although it sounds like something taken straight of a futuristic film or novel, private military companies (PMCs) are in fact a real thing and have been operating across the world for some time. A PMC is a private company that provides security services and armed combat assistance for money. In this article, we explore how the now massive, global industry was born and look to uncover exactly what it is the contractors do to earn their keep.

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  • Sig Sauer MPX & MCX C02 Rifle Overview

    Dan takes a look at Sig sauer's brand new MPX & MCX in .177 & .22 Dan takes a look at Sig sauer's brand new MPX & MCX

    After a long wait Dan is back from fighting bears in America and straight into another gun overview. This time Dan takes a look at the highly anticipated Sig Sauer MPX and MCX in black, .177... only. Sig Sauer are yet to release a date for the Tan and .22 models. In the video Dan draws attention to the very realistic and fantastic build quality of both rifles. Continue reading

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