Day: January 26, 2008

Defence Today

Operation Medusa: The Battle For Panjwai

Part 3: The Fall of Objective Rugby. Whatever the new rotation of Canadian soldiers were expecting to find when they rotated into Kandahar in August 2006, it wasn't this. They had trained for counter-insurgency warfare, but what they found was a lot closer to conventional war. What they found was the battle of Panjwai. It was force-on-force battle against an enemy that employed a classic Soviet tactical defence. It was 16 weeks of pitched battles, air strikes and bloodshed. The Canadians didn't choose to fight Medusa, not exactly. It was more like they had no choice. Enemy troops were massing; and they were threatening everything. They ...