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    The modern Irish soldier is better educated,trained and equipped then any any other generation that has gone before.


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    "Lt Coronel, Mark Prendergast speaking at The Defence Forces Mission Readiness Exercise, 48th Infantry Group, in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow before deploying to the Golan Heights"

    Last edited by Rhodes; 16th March 2015 at 15:12. Reason: fix video

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    "130 Defence Forces soldiers from the 48th Infantry Group are entering the final phase of intense training in preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force, (UNDOF) based in the Golan Heights. This training is taking place in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. The personnel of the unit have a mix of experience from soldiers and officers on their first deployment, to highly experienced senior Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and commanders.

    The 48th Infantry Group will deploy to the Golan Heights in April, taking over duties from the 46th Infantry Group who have been serving with UNDOF since October 2014. They will be the fourth Irish contingent to deploy with UNDOF.

    The Mission Readiness Exercise puts commanders and soldiers through a demanding series of scenarios indicative of the current situation in the Middle East and based on potential threats that may be encountered in the volatile mission area. Troops will face simulated explosive strikes, be asked to secure, extract and evacuate personnel, as well as anti-ambush tactics and detailed operational planning."


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    UNDOF 46th Inf Gp



    UNDOF Medal and Shamrock



    D Cos Ops places shamrock on troops based in Golan Heighs UNDOF



    Fr. Dave Tyndal pictured with NCO’s of 46 Inf Gp outside the newly established “GPO” preparing to present Shamrock to Irish contingent.

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    "The 46th Infantry Group deployed to the Golan Heights on September 2014 to serve with the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF). For 6 months, they constituted the Force Reserve Company tasked with providing Armoured Force Protection for UNDOF Personnel. This Quick Reaction Force (QRF) comprising Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Transport, Ordnance, Engineer, Medical, and Military Police personnel, were on a short "Notice to Move". This ensured that the Irish troops were able to respond to any change in the operational situation and deploy under armour to UN positions in the Area of separation between Israeli and Syrian Forces. On 07 March 2015, the troops of the 46th Infantry Group were welcomed home by Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle and were reunited with their families at Dublin Airport in what was a joyous occasion. Lieutenant General O'Boyle stated "This was the third Defence Forces deployment to UNDOF and each deployment posed different and complex challenges. The main constant throughout is the support our personnel receive from their families. I thank the troops for their professionalism and commitment and I thank their families for their continued support".The personnel of the 46th Infantry Group will now take some well earned leave to spend time with their families before returning to duty in their Corps and Units throughout the Defence Forces.

    The Defence Forces currently have 431 personnel deployed to 16 Missions in 15 countries throughout the world"


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    The Mission: the Irish Army goes to the Golan



    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...olan-1.2179989

    My military life: Lieut Col Mark Prendergast, officer commanding
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...ding-1.2179922

    My military life: Trooper Amy Crook
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...rook-1.2179935

    Force Reserve: Ireland’s role on the Golan Heights
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...ghts-1.2179948

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    As the IT can be behind a paywall you can access the stories through their Twitter feed.

    https://twitter.com/IrishTimes/statu...06217815617537

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    The Mission: 48th Infantry gets ready for the Golan Heights
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...ghts-1.2181554

    My Mission: Sgt-Maj Noel O’Callaghan – oldest soldier in group
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...roup-1.2181558

    Why gender matters when you’re on military manoeuvres overseas
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...seas-1.2181564

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    From ‘teeth to tail’ planning for deployment is mission-critical
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...ical-1.2182811

    Lieut Jane O’Neill is in charge of mine clearance and the Golan’s ‘area of separation’
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...tion-1.2182834

    ‘What would it take for you to leave your lovely home?’ officers are asked
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...sked-1.2182856

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    The Mission: Wicklow stands in for western Syria
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...yria-1.2183715

    Capt Cormac Brady believes missions are ‘definitely harder’ for partners
    http://forum.irishmilitaryonline.com...p?25268-Rumour

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    Defence forces Deployment to UNDOF

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    Surprised no-one else didnt post this first. Anywho excellent series of articles (And a 16 minute video) giving what is imho very good press for the Army

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irela...yria-1.2183715

    Enjoy!

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    Brig Gen Tony Hanlon explains the role of Irish peacekeepers


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    Golan Heights described as one of the most 'dangerous UN missions' in the world



    The acting commander currently in charge of United Nations forces in the Golan Heights has described it as one of the most dangerous UN missions in the world.

    Over 130 Irish troops are based at Camp Ziouani and the observation posts along the area separating Israel from Syria.

    Brigadier General Tony Hanlon, who is the deputy force commander, said UN troops including the Irish are under constant risk of attack.

    He said that troops have been fired on, kidnapped and had their weapons stolen and bases in Syria overrun.

    Armed groups in Syria are fighting a civil war against the government forces and the distance between the front line and the UN camp is 3km.

    The front line was 27km away from the camp last September.

    The fighting is getting closer to the UN base at Camp Ziouani, where 130 Irish troops are posted.

    Activity by armed insurgents has also been registered 100m outside the gates.

    Brig Gen Hanlon said their mandate is to observe and report on the ceasefire between Israel and Syria but they have no role in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

    He says that because of their mandate, it is no longer possible for them to report and patrol from the Syrian side.
    http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0423/696...us-un-mission/

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    I have to say, great push on the PR front for UNDOF with the Irish Times articles and the news report. I think the IT articles are possibly the most comprehensive and well written pieces on DF overseas deployment in my service. All the personnel come across incredibly professionally and human. The complexity of an overseas unit, it's training , tasks and people are perfectly captured. The IT got some level of access , well done to all behind it, ballsy move by the Press Office to be fair and the unit for letting them in, but seems to have worked out very positively. How about another journalist deployed on any Naval Vessel we send to the med ( but not from the fxxcking cork examiner, please)

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    Syrian civil war adds to danger for UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights



    The United Nations peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights says it is working to re-establish its presence in the zone of separation between Israel and Syria.

    The Syrian civil war forced the troops to abandon as many as 20 posts in that area and in Syria, and they monitor the ceasefire from the Israeli side.

    Irish officers say on one day last week there were 87 artillery attacks.

    The civil war in Syria is much closer to the Irish troops than they might have expected when they were posted on UN peacekeeping duty to the Golan Heights.

    The exchanges of mortar and artillery fire can be heard from Camp Ziouani where the 48th infantry are now based.

    The troops cannot intervene in the civil war; their job is to watch and report violations of the ceasefire between Syria and Israel but this is becoming increasingly difficult.

    There is not supposed to be any military activity in the zone of separation between the two countries but there is.

    However, the Irish and other troops cannot do anything about these violations because of their mandate.

    The civil war forced the UN to abandon their posts and work from the Israeli side.

    But the commander there insists they are planning to re-establish the UN's presence in the zone and that when they do go back, they will stay.
    http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0424/696457-golan-heights/

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    "A spokesperson for the Irish Defence Forces said all Defence Forces personnel were safe and accounted for."

    Syria mortar shelling injuries two UN peacekeepers

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0504/698630-golan-heights/

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    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7...654057,00.html

    Longish article about recent events on golan in Israel press. Some bad words for UN in it,
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    "This week the 48th Infantry Group, United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF) conducted a route clearance tasking in the Mount Hermon Range, on the northern extremity of their area of operations. In searing heat of between 25 - 33 degrees Celsius, a small Engineering team replete with vallons and personal protective equipment, painstakingly cleared every inch of an expansive route in an efficient and timely manner, so that their colleagues and local populace can use the route with less fear of un-exploded ordnance, remaining mindful that any movement in a conflict zone is still fraught with danger.

    For military engineers such taskings are routine and prudent, conducted with the assistance of the Quick Reaction Force, Ordnance and Medical teams. Irish Engineer Specialist Search assets have been deployed in the Golan Heights since March 2014 and regularly complete operations such as this enhancing mobility and safety in theatre."

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    "Last week the 48th Infantry Group UNDOF was tasked to search and clear an area close to a United Nations Post located in the foothills of the Mt. Hermon range. It was reported that the area was mined and that unexploded ordnance from the ongoing civil war could be present.

    A significant challenge for this operation was the logistics and transport element. Detailed planning and orders were required in order to mitigate any potential issues in order to ensure the operation was executed without delay. A number of assets were deployed including armoured security, reconnaissance, medics, engineer specialist search team, explosive ordnance disposal and a logistics/transport support element."




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    Watch an Irish army unit get ambushed by their enemies (in a drill)

    They make short work of them.



    WHEN IRELAND SENDS 130 troops to the Golan Heights this month, they’re going to have to be ready for anything.

    And, judging on their preparations in the Glen of Imaal this week, the 50th Infantry Division will be just that.

    They showed us two drills this week, the disarming of a bomb and this, a reaction to being ambushed while on patrol in an armoured personnel carrier.

    The bad guys, identifiable by their hoodies, are made short work of by the Defence Forces.
    http://www.thejournal.ie/defence-for...20657-Sep2015/

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    Dear God. If they're ever ambushed, debus, kneel when there is cover just in front and bunch up like that they will be wiped out!!

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    To be fair, they were limited in their movement by the large media crew in front of them. An element not normally present during an ambush.

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    Those BFAs are shite
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    Those BFAs are shite
    No they're not.The problem is that as usual they have been issued out in haste and the vast majority of people using them have not been instructed properly how they are to be used.
    I would lay money on it that most of those guys(the ones getting stoppages) had their gas setting at "R".They new BFA requires the gas plug turned to "A".
    The modern Irish soldier is better educated,trained and equipped then any any other generation that has gone before.


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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