Lesson 9 Cordon-and-search-operation

2016 оны 11 сарын 17

Activity 1: Read and learn the text.

Srbac in the RS (Republika Srpska) is a sleepy little town situated on the southern bank of the Sava River. Here, troops from the UKBG (UK Battle Group), part of the SFOR presence in the Republika Srpska are conducting a cordon and search operation in response to an anonymous tip-off.

In the scrubby woodland just a few hundred meters from the nearest houses, lies another forgotten relic of the war: an underground ammunition bunker containing as much as five tons of explosives and ammunition.

At first light, following a period of observation by reconnaissance elements of C Squadron, sappers from the Royal Engineer EOD detachment based at Mrkonjic Grad Bus Depot, began the dangerous and laborious task of clearing and emptying the bunker.

Sgt. Jim Duckworth led this phase of the operation.
"We found evidence that the bunker had been opened recently: scattered packaging around the entrance and some mine detonators on the floor of the bunker just inside the doorway. These detonators contain enough explosive power to blow a man's foot off, so my men and I are being very cautious at the moment."

The clearing of the entrance to the bunker progressed well into the afternoon, but after that, work proceeded more quickly. Initial estimates that the bunker contained up to five tons were confirmed as the day wore on.
Items removed included grenades, both anti-personnel and anti-vehicle, anti-tank mines of various types and a large assortment of anti-personnel mines. All of the ordnance removed was in its original packaging and immaculately preserved.

The task of cataloguing the various types of ordnance and making it safe to be moved to another location fell to Cpl. Craig Apple by RE EOD (Royal Engineers, Engineer Regiment).
"What we're finding is all kinds of grenades and mines, mostly consisting of the older types found in the inventories of the Armed Forces in BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina)." Some of the munitions found here are very dangerous, even to the user.
"The BRK M-79 is a hand-thrown anti-vehicle grenade that even the locals didn't like using as they had a habit of exploding prematurely, injuring or killing the man doing the throwing." Several cases of these were found at Srbac.

Despite evidence that the bunker may have been opened and used during the recent war, speculation grows that this may have been one of a series of pre-positioned arms caches along the Sava River, placed there by the former Yugoslav Army (VJ) as part of a soviet defense program. Paperwork found inside the bunker indicated that some of the munitions found might have been placed there as long ago as the 1950's. In that event, we can expect many more discoveries of this kind.

Activity 2: Answer the following questions:

  1. Why are the UKBG conducting a cordon and search operation?
  2. Who began the dangerous task of clearing and emptying the bunker?
  3. Why are Sgt. Jim Duckworth and his men being very cautious at the moment?
  4. What type of ordnance did they find?
  5. Why is BRK M-79 grenade extremely dangerous?
  6. What evidence did they find when they opened the bunker?

Grammar

Activity 3: Make the sentences passive.

PAST MODALS

The past passive form follows this pattern:

modal + have been + past participle

RULE: You use may have, might have and could have to talk about something that possibly happened in the past.

Active:

MAY / MAY NOT

That firm may have offered Katya a new job.

The students may not have written the paper.

 

MIGHT / MIGHT NOT 

That firm might have offered Katya a new job.

The students might not have written the paper.

 

Passive:

MAY / MAY NOT

Katya may have been offered a new job by that firm.
The paper may not have been written by the students.

MIGHT / MIGHT NOT 
Katya might have been offered a new job by that firm.

The paper might not have been written by the students.

 

 

 

1. Commander might have sent the officers for recce patrol.

...................................................................................................................

2. Captain may have changed the task at the last moment.

....................................................................................................................

3. Deputy Commander might have informed the commanding staff about the promotions.

.........................................................................................................................................

Vocabulary:

A tip of- урьдчилсан мэдээлэл

Scrubby- бут сөөгөөр бүрхэгдсэн газар

A relic- хуучны эд зүйл

A bunker- хоргодох байр

Laborious- хүнд хэцүү

Scattered- тархсан

An ordnance- зэвсэг

Immaculately- өө сэвгүй

Munitions- зэр зэвсэг

A cache- зэвсгийн нууц агуулах

Cautious- анхааралтай, болгоомжтой

Proceed- урагшлах, үргэлжлүүлэх

Wear on- удаан өнгөрөх (цаг хугацааны хувьд)

To catalogue- бүртгэх, жагсаалт гаргах

An inventory- данс бүртгэл

Prematurely- хэт эрт

Speculation- төсөөлөл, таамаг

Estimate- барагцаалах, тооцоолох

Anti-personnel mine- явган цэрэг эсэргүүцэх мина

Cordon and search- бүслэн нэгжих

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