POTD: US Paratroopers and Polish Allies in Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise

Eric B
by Eric B

Above we have Polish mortar systems, called M120 Rak, providing indirect fire support for U.S. and Polish forces during a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Nowa Deba, Poland April 8. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division is deployed in support of the U.S. European Command to assure allies in the region and deter any future aggression.

Below: U.S. Paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, exit a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter.

American paratroopers and Polish soldiers walk together

Several impacts of mortar and artillery rounds hit the training area

Artillery systems provide fire support for Polish and U.S. forces during a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Nowa Deba, Poland, April 8. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division is deployed in support of U.S. European Command to assure our Allies and deter any future aggression.

U.S. Paratroopers and Polish Soldiers pose for a group photo with the Polish Minister of Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, after conducting a Joint Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise.

POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is our daily article series with images from around the world. Did you know that credit for the first-ever color photograph taken goes to the mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell? At a lecture in 1861, he unveiled what is to be considered the first durable color photograph.


Photos and captions: U.S. Army, Sgt. Garrett Ty Whitfield, 82nd Airborne Division.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Gary B Gary B on May 10, 2022

    I have a sexual attraction to self-propelled mortar systems. Is that wrong? Should I not be doing that?

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    • Jono102 Jono102 on May 12, 2022

      @Gary B Does that make you a 'Mortarphile'?
      I guess so long as if you act on those feelings it is consensual and with a mortar of age/caliber (whatever that may be). It is just a (very particular) life choice.

      I don't quite have an attraction to them, but the 120mm AMOS and NEMO systems are pretty fine-looking.

  • Martin Grnsdal Martin Grnsdal on May 11, 2022

    Combined arms... what type of a hug is that?

    • Joe Joe on May 11, 2022

      @Martin Grønsdal One arm is Artillery, the other is Armor. The 3rd arm… yeah that’s pretty much the Infantry. 😆

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