Thursday, January 31, 2008

4RCR Photo, November 2007

Our Sierra Company picture finally arrived and I'm very proud to have a copy and to be in it (I'm seated, front row, far right). Our Company Sergeant Major was kind enough to let me be a part of the picture, even if as the padre I'm with HQ and not with S Coy. This represents a pretty good turnout, though over 15 members are absent doing workup training for Roto 03-08 in Afghanistan. This was take at the Royal School Building, Wolsely Barracks, Area Support Unit London (ON). Regrettably, I'm not allowed to play with the weapons on display here.


2 comments:

Snickering Corpses said...

An excellent photo of the group. I'm not really up to date on British and Canadian weaponry. Is the central weapon a Carl Gustav?

It also fascinates me how much the middle pair of weapons resemble an MG34 to me. I imagine the resemblance is not quite as striking when seen more up close?

mad padre said...

Yes, that's a Carl Gustav 84mm rocket launcher in the centre. It's still an effective weapon, even if it's been around for a while.

The MGs are a mix of the C6 General Purpose Machine Gun and the C9 Light Machine Gun.

The C6 (the one with the wooden stock) can be fitted with a Sustained Fire kit (basically a tripod) to fire long belts, while the C9 is intended for use at the section level, typically with a bipod and a box magazine to hold the belt.

See http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/lf/English/2_display.asp?product=91
and
http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/lf/English/2_display.asp?product=93

They are very similar to the German MGs of WW2, aren't they?

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