If National Geographic did a tactical photo magazine it would be “Flashbang.”
“Flashbang” is a quarterly with the following salient features –
– 160 pages
– over 400 exclusives and never seen pictures
– no advertising !
– high quality printing and paper
– 4 issues per year
– 3 units from all over the world in each issue
– worldwide distribution
– very few (english) texts
The Spring 2014 fourth issue is now available to order. This issue features Brazil’s GRUMEC, Hungary’s TEK, and the USA’s SEB. You can order it directly from the official website, along with the previously released issues.
In a previous article, we mentioned that Kodiak Group Holdings of Cambridge, ON were awarded 2 contracts, and L.P. Royer Inc. were awarded one contract to develop what is called the ‘Land Operations Temperate Boot’ which is intended to replace the in-service combat boots used by the Canadian Army; Mk III Combat Boot, General Purpose Boot, and Temperate Combat Boot.
Well, according to Canada’s Department of National Defence, through ‘Ottawa Citizen’, those serving in the Canadian Army will be allowed to retain their current boots, with a catch: it will be limited to a local chain of command decision if soldiers will be permitted to wear their old boots when the new boots are issued.
It’s also worth mentioning that Soldiers will be issued two pairs of boots, either two pairs of one style, or one of both styles:
“The Kodiak Group Holdings boot is a lace-up while the L.P. Royer has a zipper as well as laces,” She [Chelsey McLellan, a spokeswoman for DND’s Materiel Group] noted. “Both styles will be a shade of brown as this has proven better in camouflage testing than a black colour. The suede-nubuck leather and textile upper materials are more comfortable and breathable than full grain leather previously used on in-service Land Forces footwear.”
To quote my friend Yancey, “Seems like the French had themselves a combat jump in Mali.”
This video by Pascal DuPont is the long version that shows the airland on the 27th of January into Gao and then concludes with the jump into Timbuktu on the 28th by the French Foreign Legion’s 2e REP ( 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment) including Harfang drone footage. Then there’s a bunch of other stuff.
Over the next two years all Dutch Soldiers will receive new combat boots.
“With this new footwear we put another important step forward in the in order of the armed forces.” With these words, armed forces Commanding General Tom Middendorp handed the first pair to Sergeant 1st Class Johan de Jong at the der clothing company of Defence in Soesterberg.
Priority of fielding is to deployers. Consequently, the 45 men and women of Air Task Force 22, who head this month to Mazar-e-Sharif were issued first. The Dutch military has also instituted a new foot measuring device to ensure a proper fit as they issue these 2 new boots which are intended for use in Netherlands and North-Western and Central Europe. The first is a multifunctional combat boot for use in rocky and mountainous terrain and incorporates a waterproof, breathable lining for temperate to cold areas. The second boot features a moisture regulating lining intended for temperate and warm areas. Together, these two boots replace a single model that was supposed to be a jack of all trades. While no brand name or model was mentioned, it appears everybody initially will get 2 variant of Meindl boots; the Island MFS and another unnamed model for hot weather. Additionally, the boots are issued with 6 pair of socks matched to the performance of the boot.
They’ve also adopted other models, the so-called desert or jungle gevechtslaarzen, which are special issue to troops stationed or deploying to those areas.