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CAST Brigade

GK .Dundas

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In another topic the subject of the CAST Brigade came up . This brought up a couple of questions for me .
Was it ahead of it's time ? Could we do it ,now should we ? How would we go about forming it?
I now await your your usual incisive and intelligent replies .
 

FSTO

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Not really
Not at all
We should have that capability yes
There has to be the willingness of the current government and future governments to support and fund such an endeavour
There also has to be a buy-in from all three services to fully support the idea.
 

Old Sweat

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Shipping, or rather our lack of it, for CAST was one of the crazy aunts in the attic nobody wanted to talk about. Having served in the AMF(L) Battalion Group, which was part of CAST and been in North Norway, I do think it may not have been the forlorn hope so many of us felt it to be. Having said that, perhaps because of political indifference and probably funding, we really did not apply resources of all kinds, including intellectual, to it. (One fall I was the gunner on a research war game conducted by DLOR pitting CAST against a Soviet formation. We more or less held our own and achieved our aim, but took very heavy losses in part because our doctrine had not been adapted for operations in mountains up to a few thousand feet in altitude.)

In September 1973 I did an attachment to Field Artillery Battalion, Brigade North, the resident Norwegian gunner battalion in North Norway, to gain experience in mountain shooting. The brigade was the active component of the 6th Norwegian Division, which would be mobilized to defend North Norway. There were strategic maritime issues regarding controlling access from the northern USSR flank into the Atlantic, and possession of the region was important.

I got along well enough with them to be invited to stay over for the brigade fall exercise. It was very interesting and I came away with all sorts of respect for the Norskis, not including their rations. Incidentally, while we planned to bring L5s, they used M109s. I also was speaking pidgin Norwegian by the time I saw Petawawa again.
 

Loachman

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I went over to Norway twice in 1983 because of that, and had a great time.

Norwegian "rations"... Yes, interesting.
 

MilEME09

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from my oh so favourite CBC piece of the time, quick explanation of CAST, and its short comings

https://youtu.be/hha91X0cojI?t=1m41s
 

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MilEME09 said:
from my oh so favourite CBC piece of the time, quick explanation of CAST, and its short comings

https://youtu.be/hha91X0cojI?t=1m41s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SDCOOI_mdQ
 
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