Battlefield study tour learns lessons from the past

28 May 2015 / Categories: DA News and Events

ICSC(L) students on the alpha course have completed their studies with a battlefield study trip to Arromanches and the site of the D-Day landings.

As one of the key turning points in WWII, the region was an excellent site to pull together the 30 weeks of studying the students have done at the Defence Academy.

“One of the most thought provoking discussions of the week was the implications of losing a Commanding Officer in battle, as experienced by 231st Infantry Brigade on the beach we were stood on in Arromanches during the morning of D-Day,” said Major Blair Addison R SIGNALS. The discussion drew on historical examples in the Falklands and in Afghanistan, to challenge the students about future command appointments.

A number of American officers also travelled with the group as part of a joint exchange programme. Major Jon Boehnert of the American Army summed up the value of the trip:

“I am struck by the importance and value of exchanges such as these. There is tremendous benefit in stepping outside one’s cultural context to view, with fresh eyes, current practices and historical operations. By striving to both articulate your own practices, and better apprehend the partner nations, a fuller and more nuanced understanding of both are realised.  I am confident the close relationships built, and exchange of learning accomplished, will serve both countries well as we continue to partner together in the years to come.”
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