Story title EUTM Mali
Story description

The aim of the EU training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) is to help improve the military capacity of the Malian Armed Forces in order to allow, under civilian authority, the restoration of the country's territorial integrity.

Video title Koulikoro: Training and Construction - Part 1
Video description

This video was shot at the Koulikoro military training school, 60 kilometres north-east of the capital Bamako on March 27. It shows European Union soldiers learning the use of AK-47s, so they can instruct the first battalion of the Malian army in their use when local soldiers start training in April. The troops are adapting to the dusty, hot conditions. It was -25 degrees Celsius when soldiers from Finland left for Koulikoro, where the daytime temperate hovers around 45 degrees Celsius. Despite the difficulties, construction work has advanced significantly, around a month after it began. The video also contains interviews with the base commander, the commander of the training effort and the Malian commander of the training school.

Reference 98974-1 Video infos Mpg4 / PAL - 16:9 Duration 00:04:09 Type Stockshots (Archives footage)
Shooting date 27-03-2013 Country Mali Town Koulikoro    
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Exteriors EU troops learn to handle AK-47s, which Mali troops will train with (12 shots)

Keywords : EUTM | Mali Duration : 00:01:14


SOUNDBITE (French) Colonel Christophe Paczka

We have all our soldiers in place to start this training. We have four teams of trainers for the infantry who are ready to start the training early in April, when the battalion from the Mali army deploys here. At the moment we have more than 270 people in this camp. We have the infantry trainers, complemented by the Role 2 German field hospital, which is operational, and also the force protection elements.

Keywords : Paczka Duration : 00:00:32


SOUNDBITE (French) Colonel Christophe Paczka

The units from the Mali army are coming from all over the place. Our first objective is going to be building a cohesive force. We've started already (in the field) with some simple things. We said: rather than calling yourselves the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th company, call yourselves by the names of animals. This is a tradition we have in Western armies. We call ourselves Tigers, or Eagles, so that soldiers identify themselves, not by a number which is very impersonal, but rather as a unit. That allows some friendly rivalry between the units, and that is one way to build a cohesion between these units, little by little.

Duration : 00:00:32


Images of soldiers in discussion from Estonia, Finland, Lithuania and Sweden (5 shots)

Duration : 00:00:31


SOUNDBITE (French) Lieutenant Colonel Laurent Vieillefosse

There is a multi-cultural factor which is very important, because the multinational element is complete. Because there a numerous European countries involved even within the same unit of trainers. For example, behind me, an infantry battalion will be trained by a Nordic company, involving Finns, Swedes and Estonians. So you can see there are different nationalities even within the same team. The goal of the training here is to ensure that everyone can work together, with common procedures, and learn some basic French.

Keywords : Vieillefosse Duration : 00:00:28


Images of newly arrived Irish soldiers gathering while their barracks are prepared, and flag hung (5 shots)

Duration : 00:00:23


SOUNDBITE (French) Lieutenant Colonel Laurent Vieillefosse

For the forces from Mali, we want to train a battalion of men (around 650 soldiers) in 10 weeks. We will proceed step by step. We start with groups and finish with the entire battalion. That is, the groups will train together for three weeks. After three weeks, the heads of these groups are going to take part for another three weeks in training of a company, and then we will end with the training at battalion level.

Duration : 00:00:25


General view of camp.

Duration : 00:00:03



Duration : 00:00:01