“After careful consideration, the choice of this area with its World War II history was perfect for the visiting Ukrainian cadets to get the most of field studies. We have been able to look at 1944 period tactical doctrine, under guidance from experts, and assessed Rear Area Security, Defence in Depth and Hasty Attack principles. The cadets have compared relevant historical actions against their own experiences and many salient lessons have been learned,” said Major Alex Churnushin, SHAPE Partnership Directorate. “Despite the passage of time the Ardennes Campaign continues to reflect tried and tested tactics that are still relevant today. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has clearly shown this.”
A further series of specific campaign studies were presented to the cadets including tactical dilemmas that focussed the cadets on preparing orders and preparing their own plans. Urban combat using the example of the Battle of Noville was also studied, including tactical level logistics and casualty evacuation.
Finally, whilst in Baugnez, the Ukrainian delegation laid flowers at the Malmedy Massacre Memorial as a tribute to the victims of atrocities committed in war followed by a closing ceremony for all involved.