By Judge Jarachara
The modern day battlefield has mutated over the years taking different dimensions and dynamics, in response to changing battlefield environments. Indicatively, the operational and tactical factors that were applied during the Second World War may not be relevant in today’s wars.
Similarly, the methods of fighting employed in Operation Sovereign Legitimacy in the Democratic Republic of Congo may not apply in the fight against Islamic insurgents in Mozambique.
Thus a number of modern day armies have responded to the dynamic nature of the battlefield by developing methods and concepts meant to withstand and repel modern day aggressions. The Zimbabwe National Army adopted the Combat Group Concept as a way of adapting to the demands of modern day warfare. As a result, specific units were configured to suit this new setup and training has been going on.
11 Combat Group became the first such group to undergo a combined training programme at the All Arms Battle School in Nyanga. The four-month training programme, which ran from 17 February to 17 June 2022, saw members of the Group training in their areas of specialty which included artillery, Amour, Air Defence among other areas.
The training in Nyanga was preceded by a Combat Group Seminar which was held at Mechanised Brigade from 14 to 21 February 2022 and was officiated by the Commander Zimbabwe National Army, Lieutenant General David Sigauke.
During the eight-day seminar, various speakers presented on selected topics as the Army sought to come up with compact and effective combat groups.