January 29, 2014
St. Petersburg, Russia
A soldier looks on during a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the battle that lifted the Siege of Leningrad. The Nazi German and Finnish siege and blockade of Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg, was broken on Jan. 18, 1943 but finally lifted Jan. 27, 1944. More than 1 million people died mainly from starvation during the 900-day siege. (via Telegraph)

St. Petersburg, Russia

A soldier looks on during a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the battle that lifted the Siege of Leningrad. The Nazi German and Finnish siege and blockade of Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg, was broken on Jan. 18, 1943 but finally lifted Jan. 27, 1944. More than 1 million people died mainly from starvation during the 900-day siege. (via Telegraph)

December 1, 2012
Ceylanpinar, Turkey
A Turkish soldier takes up position near the border to Syria in the Turkish border (via Reuters.com)

Ceylanpinar, Turkey

A Turkish soldier takes up position near the border to Syria in the Turkish border (via Reuters.com)

April 19, 2012
Inverness, UK
A poignant scene as Private Stephen Bainbridge, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan, welcomes home The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. The soldiers are returning from a six-month tour in Afghanistan (via guardian.co.uk)

Inverness, UK

A poignant scene as Private Stephen Bainbridge, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan, welcomes home The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. The soldiers are returning from a six-month tour in Afghanistan (via guardian.co.uk)

March 5, 2012
Hounslow, UK
The Prince of Wales fires a paintball gun as he meets personnel from 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards during a visit to their barracks in to mark St David’s Day (via Telegraph)

Hounslow, UK

The Prince of Wales fires a paintball gun as he meets personnel from 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards during a visit to their barracks in to mark St David’s Day (via Telegraph)

February 11, 2012
Woudsend, Netherlands
The Dutch army is deployed to clear an alternative route over the Hegemer lake for the Eleven Cities Tour (Elfstedentocht) speed skating competition. The 200km race is held in the province of Friesland only when the ice along the entire course is 15cm thick. (via Telegraph)

Woudsend, Netherlands

The Dutch army is deployed to clear an alternative route over the Hegemer lake for the Eleven Cities Tour (Elfstedentocht) speed skating competition. The 200km race is held in the province of Friesland only when the ice along the entire course is 15cm thick. (via Telegraph)

February 7, 2012
London, UK
A member of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery holds a puppy as he prepares to leave St John’s Wood Barracks (via Reuters.com)

London, UK

A member of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery holds a puppy as he prepares to leave St John’s Wood Barracks (via Reuters.com)

January 27, 2012
Varces, France
Coffins are seen during a ceremony to pay homage to the four slain soldiers killed last week in Afghanistan at the 93rd Mountain Artillery regiment (via Reuters.com)

Varces, France

Coffins are seen during a ceremony to pay homage to the four slain soldiers killed last week in Afghanistan at the 93rd Mountain Artillery regiment (via Reuters.com)

January 14, 2012
Moscow, Russia
A soldier from the presidential regiment guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier just outside a snow-clad Kremlin wall (via guardian.co.uk)

Moscow, Russia

A soldier from the presidential regiment guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier just outside a snow-clad Kremlin wall (via guardian.co.uk)

December 10, 2011
Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Russian police officers train with PP-2000 submachine guns on a firing range. The PP-2000, designed by KBP Instrument Design Bureau and first released in 2004, is used by special units in Russia’s defence forces. (via Reuters.com)

Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Russian police officers train with PP-2000 submachine guns on a firing range. The PP-2000, designed by KBP Instrument Design Bureau and first released in 2004, is used by special units in Russia’s defence forces. (via Reuters.com)

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November 28, 2011
Norway: army sorry for soldier’s forced naked bathe

Top Norwegian military officials have apologised after a female soldier from Oslo was forced to bathe naked in a freezing lake with 30 other male personnel.

Alice Asplund, 23, reported the incident to local newspaper Avisa Nordland in September after her entire regiment was told to strip naked and wash themselves in a lake following field exercises.

“I asked if I could keep on my boxer shorts and sports bra, but the officer (who was not identified) said ‘no’, everyone had to be naked,” Asplund told NRK. “Then I asked if I could move to another part of the lake, away from all the men.”

All her requests were denied, with the lieutenant in charge insisting that everyone had to be treated equally. “I felt sick, and had big problems facing the men afterwards,” she told Avisa Nordland. “I couldn’t believe this was happening in the Norwegian military in 2011.”

The army has apologised after the incident received coverage in the national press, and the officer in question will now face disciplinary action. (via IceNews)

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