The Estonian allies from the Tapa-based 1st Infantry Brigade shared their comprehensive knowledge on survival skills which are most useful
in the terrain and weather conditions typical for the Baltic Sea region.
The soldiers had to operate in complete isolation from logistic support
and other troops. Great emphasis was therefore put on food and water
acquisition using only basic equipment that soldiers carry on them. The
training also focused on setting makeshift camps, kindling fire, food
preparation etc. The aim was to test the soldiers' endurance and ensure
that they are well-prepared to operate in an unknown and rough terrain.
The training included medical evacuation with improvised stretchers and transporting the wounded over rivers utilising rope crossing methods. The Estonians taught their French allies about the terrain features of the region where they operate and could draw on their fellow soldiers' knowledge of mountain survival skills in exchange.