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A Night Raid

“In this charcoal sketch by H.J. Mowat, six Canadians leave the trenches to go on a raid. Given the apparent absence of sandbags, they are possibly exiting from an advanced listening post. Under the moonlight, they will thread through their own wire and into No Man’s Land before slipping through the enemy’s wire and launching their attack. Raids could involve only a few soldiers sneaking quietly forward, like the one depicted here, or several hundred attacking with coordinated support from the artillery, mortars, and machine guns.”

Sketch by H.J. Mowat. Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. CWM 19710261-0431

CADPAT works pretty good

Photo: Cpl Peter Ford, Tactics School, 5th Canadian Division Support Group Gagetown

Skrim up that gun and helmet and you are good to go. Photo: Cpl Peter Ford, Tactics School, 5th Canadian Division Support Group Gagetown. Click to big up

Canadian Disruptive Pattern (CADPAT) is the digital camouflage pattern adopted in 2002-2004 to replace the very U.S.-style olive green material in use by the Canadian Forces since the early 1960s and is computer designed to provide protection from both the naked eye and night vision devices. It comes in Temperate Woodland (TW), Arid region (AR), Winter and Urban variants and seems very effective if the right pattern is selected.

As observed by the above image of a Canuck participating in Exercise COMMON GROUND II 2016 at 5th Canadian Division Support Group Gagetown, New Brunswick on November 12, 2016.