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ROYAL AIR FORCE. COMMON CORE AND DEPLOYMENT SKILLS AIDE-MEMOIRE

FIELD DEFENCES

Where there is a threat of attack every member of the deployed force should have a stand-to or shelter position to go to. In the early days of a deployment you may have to prepare shellscrapes and trenches to provide protection against small arms fire, mortar, artillery and air attacks.

STAND-TO POSITIONS

Should Provide:

◉ Cover from fire.

◉ Cover from view. This includes view from Thermal Imagery, if possible.

◉ A solid background will avoid silhouetting sentries. The overhead cover can be angled to provide a solid background.

◉ Detailed Range Card.

◉ Arc Markers.

◉ Where possible protection from the elements.

◉ Roll mats can be used to provide insulation from the cold.

SURVIVAL SHELLSCRAPES

Considerable protection can be achieved quickly with a minimum of digging. By developing the hole further a good firing position can be constructed. They are only suitable as temporary positions.

BATTLE TRENCH

The Battle Trench offers good protection against small arms fire, mortar, artillery and air attacks. Overhead protection is designed to provide ballistic protection and reduce the effects of nuclear radiation. The Individual Kit Protection can be used to construct overhead protection; instructions for its use are enclosed in the kit.

WIRE OBSTACLES

The following list contains the stores, tools and their approximate weight and how many can be loaded onto a 4 tonne truck.

ITEMAPPROX WEIGHTHOW MUCH 1 MAN CAN CARRYNo PER 4 TONNE TRUCK
PICKETS5.4kg 1.8 METRES4750
PICKETS 0.6 METRES1.8kg61990
BARBED WIRE ROLL 120 METRES12.7kg1260
DANNERT WIRE ROLL 13.5 METRES22.7kg160
SLEDGE HAMMER6.5kg
PICKET THUMPER13kg
WIRE CUTTERS0.7kg
WIRING GLOVES0.5kg
WINDLASSING STICK0.5kg

WIRE TYPES

LOW WIRE

PROS: Quickly erected in woods or scrub. Pickets not always required. Easily concealed. Not easy to destroy or breach.

CONS: Has to be concealed to be effective.

REMARKS: Particularly suitable for close country. Use ordinary barbed wire at shin height, deployed irregularly.

SINGLE CONCERTINA

PROS: Quick and simple. Can be improved in stages. Easily concealed.

CONS: Easily breached. REMARKS: Not a standard obstacle but may be used as a starting point.

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