Exercise Report: Baccarat 2019
For the first time, the British Army Air Corps joined an exercise in France with both Wildcats and Apaches. Oliver Jonischkeit reports from the northeast of the country.
The Armée de Terre’s (French Army’s) 4e Brigade d’Aérocombat (4e BAC, 4th Air Combat Brigade) – headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand in central France – organised the large-scale Baccarat exercise for the third time from September 16-26. In all, more than 2,200 personnel, 60 helicopters and 80 armoured vehicles were involved in an area measuring 186 miles (300km) from west to east and 93 miles (150km) north to south. Several airfields were used, but Étain and Séchault were the main focuses of activity.