Practice makes perfect: Training, Assault Courses, Battle Schools, Exercises, etc

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    Illustrated London News 17 October 1942

    Metamorphosis of the “Footslogger”: The Infantryman to-day is a Jack-of-all-Trades - and Master of most!
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  5. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    I just love these old illustration's.

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    EASTERN COMMAND BATTLE SCHOOL TRAINING (H 27354)
    Catalogue number: H 27354
    Students in assault formation under fire. Live ammunition is fired round them to test their nerve.
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    EASTERN COMMAND BATTLE SCHOOL TRAINING (H 27342)
    Catalogue number: H 27342
    Students on the way to the training ground for one of the sessions. Everything is done at the double.
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    EASTERN COMMAND BATTLE SCHOOL TRAINING (H 27347)
    Catalogue number:H 27347
    Students plunging through a stream. The coldness of water in mid-February can be imagined.
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    Illustrated London News 05 June 1943
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  18. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    There is a much in this photo and caption...

    #1 The Battle School at Barnard Castle was originally the 47th Infantry Division Battle School and so well run that it became the GHQ Home Forces Central Battle School for Training battle school instructors. It was then renamed the School of Infantry, and its first commanders and Chief Instructors' names are on the boards at HQ School of Infantry at Catterick. GHQ Battle School

    #2 Before WW2 there was no specialist school of Infantry. Infantry officers passing out from RMAS might attend a period of instruction in their regimental deport before joining their battalion, but this would not include tactical training. The idea of centralised training in army wide methods was new. The army was shocked by its perceived weaknesses exposed by the 1939-40 campaign and, to a certain extent shamed into action by the effective and inspirational training given to the Home Guard at Osterley Park set up by Communist veterans of the Spanish Civil War.

    #3 The inspirational chief instructor at Barnard Castle was Lionel Wigram. Lionel Wigram (British Army officer) - Wikipedia He is the man demoted by Montgomery for his observations about British infantry in battle (1/3 avoiding combat) His story is told sympathetically in Denis Foreman's book "To reason why"
    To Reason Why: Amazon.co.uk: Sir Denis Forman: 9781844157921: Books

    Go on treat yourself! £0.01 a copy
     
  19. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Another slew of images that please the eye. (Well... they please me.)
    Theme this time. Training.


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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45. © IWM (H 18619)
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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45. © IWM (H 8379)
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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45. © IWM (H 17952)
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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45. © IWM (H 20536)
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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45. © IWM (H 18462)
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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA 1940. © IWM (E 165)
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    WINSTON CHURCHILL DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. © IWM (H 25955)
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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45. © IWM (H 11772)
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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45. © IWM (H 17510)
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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1945. © IWM (H 3551)
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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45. © IWM (H 11784)
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    DOMINION AND EMPIRE FORCES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45. © IWM (H 952)
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    Edit: Slightly more serious stuff on the nature of Battle School etc. here:
    Training: Assault Courses, Battle Schools, Exercises, etc
     
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  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    That technique for 12ft walls is still the same today, unless you could get over it unaided.
     

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