bookUhlan Eagle - British Battle Group on Exercise on Poland

By Clemens Niesner

Tankograd Missions & Manoeuvres No 7004.
Soft cover, A4 size, 64 pages

Review by Peter Brown

One of the more unusual changes brought about by the end of the Cold War is the use of training areas which were formerly behind the Iron Curtain by British units, in some cases training alongside and "against" a former Warsaw Pact nation. One such series is called Uhlan Eagle - formerly Ulan Eagle but restyled in 2005 - held regularly on the extensive training grounds at Dravsko Pomorskye. British units taking parts are drawn from the three Armoured Brigades - 4th, 7th or 20th - serving in Germany, with additional engineers, artillery and logistic support units.

This book is a record in photographs of several of these exercises annually from 1996 to 2000 the following a gap in 2005. Details of units taking part are included along with a brief history and background, the main emphasis is on the equipment used shown in a series of clearly printed photos. Many appear full or half page allowing for plenty of detail to be seen. Coverage is mostly British AFVs, there are a few shots of Polish T-72M1, supporting armour and trucks but most of the photos show various types from Challenger and Chieftain ARRV in the earlier exercises to Challenger 2 and CRARRV in more recent times, plus Warrior, FV432, Scimitar, AS90 and others. Softskins feature to a lesser extent, with one from another more universal Army in their own colour scheme making a big contrast to the more common green and black plus foliage and mud. Some vehicles are fitted with add-on visual modifications or "vismods" as OPFOR (OPposing FORces) for training purposes such as dummy barrels on Warrior and Scimitar along with some unusual fittings for Challenger 2, plus a range of unit and exercise markings.

Modelling ideas are numerous for single vehicles as they appear in the field - or is that be with the field on them? - including various damage suffered or for dioramas such as engine changes. You may even have taken part in one or more of these exercises and want a small visual reminder.

Whatever your specific area interest, if modern British army vehicles interest you this is a great source of material.

Available from Tankograd Militarfahrzeug distributors. For more details contact the publishers Verlag Jochen Vollert on My thanks to Justin Gainham at Bookworld for the review copy.

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