A British Army Commando with 148th Battery, 29th Commando Fire Support Team, Royal Artillery, rappels from a CH-46 Sea Knight during Exercise Burmese Chase 2013 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 6, 2013. The training evolution is an annual bilateral exercise that improves interoperability between American and British forces. Marines from 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, 2nd ANGLICO and the British Army Commandos participated in the exercise.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cody Haas/Released)
In commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War, soldiers of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards on operations in Camp Bastion have recreated iconic images of soldiers on the battlefields of the Great War 1914-1918. The collection demonstrates the 100-year difference in uniform and equipment.
Current images by Cpl Daniel Wiepen; Crown copyright.
With the term originating in the 1990’s during the United States occupation of Somalia for local fighters paid with “Technical assistance grants” to protect personnel, “Technicals” has expanded to just about any truck full of armed personnel.
Technicals, a ubiquitous sight in middle eastern countries, are typically described as armed pick up trucks, sporting anything from recoiless rifles to machine guns. Many hi-speed-lo-drag operator types argue that these vehicles are the best way to operate in urban environments, as many vehicles can be armored subtly to keep a “gray man” dynamic, and can operate both on and offroad.