ERNA Raid Competition 2008

Whilst perhaps not yet as well-known as the Swiss RAID-COMMANDO events, the ERNA Raid competition in Estonia is quickly achieving wide international recognition…

 

From the event website: “One of the world’s longest and most difficult military competition, the Erna Raid, is organised by the Erna Society. This is to commemorate the actions of Erna long-range recce group in the summer of 1941. In the summer of 1993, after Estonia’s independence had been restored, a group of enthusiasts retraced the route of the reconnaissance unit’s trek, and founded the military-sporting club Erna Society. The next summer, the club began to hold the annual competition, Erna Raid, which is currently one of the longest and most difficult international military-sporting competitions of its kind.”

 

Once again this year, it was an Estonian team that took first place – Estonian teams also took second and third places too!

 

Full details of recent competitions, as well as equipment lists for participating teams, can be found at the event website:  http://www.erna.ee/en/?Home 

 

Photo albums for this year’s event can be found here:http://www.mil.ee/~fotek/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=album465

 

Further information about the Estonian Defence Forces can be found at:  http://www.mil.ee/index_eng.php?s=edf

 

Here are a few of my favourite photos from this year’s event:

Hitting the beach...

Hitting the beach...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move out!

Move out!

Their faces say it all...

Their faces say it all...

The Belgian team stick together...

The Belgian team stick together...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese spies - er, I mean "observers"...

Chinese spies - er, observers

Battle of the flag bearers

Battle of the flag bearers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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