A Challenger 2 main battle tank leads Warrior Infantry Fighting vehicles over a bridge during battle group manoeuvers in Kosovo (1999).

#13 Kosovo | Multinational sports competitions in camp? | Fancy a Brew?

In the latest episode of our podcast, find out more about the work of the Armed Forces currently deployed to Kosovo in the Western Balkans

Ministry of Defence
Sep 27 · 4 min read

☕️ Welcome to a behind the scenes look at the fourteenth episode of our podcast.

In the latest episode, join Lance Sergeant Henry, Guardsman Andy, Lance Sergeant Phillips and Lance Corporal Chris as they discuss life in Kosovo, a country in the European Western Balkans.

NATO has been leading a peace-support operation in Kosovo since June 1999.

The Armed Forces’ presence in Kosovo is the UK’s contribution to the NATO-led international task force. The task force was established in 1999 after UN Security Council Resolution 1244. It aims to assist the local security authorities in maintaining a safe and secure environment for all citizens.

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☕️ Take a look at some highlights from the episode below

Tell us about the camp you are living on.

Lance Sergeant Henry: “One of the interesting things about the camp we are on is that it is a multinational camp, so you have got the experience of working alongside lots of different nationalities across Europe and from other parts of the world.

“It was a bit of a cultural shock initially, especially when you are walking through the camp and you hear Mediterranean accents at one point and then Eastern Europeans at another, but everyone gets along quite well.

What has it been like working alongside other nations?

Lance Corporal Chris: “It’s a bit confusing who to pop a salute to when you are walking around camp, but they have all been friendly and it has been good to work with them.

Lance Sergeant Phillips: “We were playing volleyball with the Austrians the other week, and that was really good.

Guardsman Andy: “One story of mine was there was a Polish guy sleepwalking and he ripped my door off in the middle of the night. He apologised and helped me put the door back on, but I was horrified. 2am and I rolled over to see a big shadow at my door. I just let it happen as I didn’t know what was going on and didn’t really want to get out of bed to be honest.

The flag of NATO. The Armed Forces’ presence in Kosovo is the UK’s contribution to the NATO-led international task force.

Do you take part in multinational events and competitions on camp?

Lance Sergeant Henry: “There was a volleyball tournament organised and lots of different nationalities got involved, although seeing everyone try and converse in English when it is not their first language gets quite interesting when there is disputes over whether the ball is in or out of the court.

“There are football tournaments as well, they can get a bit spicy, particularly when people are sledging each other in different languages, everyone gets suspicious, but it is good fun, and there is a good nature around the camp.

Lance Sergeant Phillips: “We had a Highland Games take place, being a Scottish regiment out here. I took charge of the tug of war, which was really good to see. The tug of war was the main event, and the Polish absolutely dominated it.

What is the food situation like?

Lance Sergeant Henry: “We have got a canteen that is open for set windows where you can go, and there is lots of food options.

Lance Corporal Chris: “There is a good variety in the canteen, and the food is there and it is cooked for you, so you don’t have to cook it yourself like when you are at home so that is a luxury of being on tour.”

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