What is Reconnaissance by Fire?

Introduction Reconnaissance by fire (recon by fire), also known as speculative fire, is a warfare tactic used in which military forces may fire on likely enemy positions to provoke a reaction, which confirms the presence and the position of enemy forces. Refer to List of Military Tactics. World War II Reconnaissance by fire was widely… Read More


Want to be a Special Observer?

The British Army’s long-range reconnaissance experts are looking to boost their ranks with a fresh intake of determined recruits. Personnel serving with 4/73 Special Observation Post Battery, 5th Regiment, Royal Artillery operate unsupported and in small teams deep in the battlespace, where they set up hidden positions to gather information on enemy activities. The next… Read More

What was the 1969 EC-121 Shootdown Incident?

Introduction On 15 April 1969, a United States Navy Lockheed EC-121M Warning Star of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) on a reconnaissance mission was shot down by a North Korean MiG-21 aircraft over the Sea of Japan. The plane crashed 90 nautical miles (167 km) off the North Korean coast and all 31 Americans… Read More

What is the Light Cavalry Commanders’ Course?

Aim of the Course To give newly commissioned Armoured Corps Officers basic training in Jackal Gunnery, Driving and Maintenance, Signals and in commanding a reconnaissance (recce) troop, including a practical phase. Facilitated by IDT(A). Entry Standards Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant (OF-1). IELTS Level 5.5 The student must hold a FULL or PROVISIONAL driving licence. Duration… Read More

What is the Light Close Reconnaissance Commanders’ Course?

Aim of the Course The Light Reconnaissance Commanders’ Course is a seven week course that provides pre-employment training for light reconnaissance platoon and section commanders. The aim is to qualify students to train and command a light reconnaissance section or platoon in all operations of war. Facilitated by IDT(A). Entry Standards Corporal (OR-4) to Captain… Read More

The Other Side of the Hill…

“The whole art of war consists of guessing at what is on the other side of the hill.” Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769 to 1852) Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS was an Anglo-Irish soldier and Tory statesman who was one of the leading military and political figures… Read More

What is ISTAR?

ISTAR is a practice that links several battlefield functions together to assist a combat force in employing its sensors and managing the information they gather. ISTAR includes: Intelligence; Surveillance; Target Acquisition; and Reconnaissance.