French soldiers train for the killing fields of Europe

March 08, 2024

Conditions for the troops training at CENTAC are as close as possible to an actual battlefield. The sound, heat and light of artillery fire is reproduced, while fake mines are scattered everywhere, and radio communications can be interrupted without notice. The officers aren't naming potential enemies, but the training is aimed at preparing troops to fight a foe like Russia. By 2027 the French army aims to be able to deploy one division of about 25,000 soldiers in 30 days. Combined arms warfareIn the scenario designed for the French trainees, their goal is to slow down their enemies, played by seasoned troops permanently stationed at CENTAC.