09:58 AM 02:58 AM EST MAR 26, 2023 JLM 56°F
Getting Into Hezbollah’s Head—The 931st Battalion's Enemy Simulation

When looking at the Nahal Brigade’s 931st Battalion’s exercise from the sidelines, you may have to do a double take. It may look like an encounter between the IDF and a terrorist threat until you look closely and notice that the “Hezbollah terrorists” are just more IDF soldiers in the Nahal Brigade.

These Nahal soldiers partook in an exercise that split the Battalion into two and pinned them against each other. One side played the part of “Hezbollah terrorists”, and the rest of the soldiers operated as if they were in a real-life scenario. This type of training demonstrates the soldiers’ capability and readiness to operate in an enemy encounter.

One early morning at the El Poran Urban Warfare Training Center, the 931st Battalion soldiers were in the midst of an exceptional exercise.
The soldiers in the observation posts were providing the battalion with real-time intelligence while the soldiers were hiding themselves behind hills, on the ground or inside buildings. Everyone shared the same mission; to uncover the enemy as early as possible and strike them efficiently. 
Rather than facing inanimate cardboard figures, the enemy was portrayed by real people, whose moves couldn’t be anticipated. They were confronted by their own brigade’s soldiers who were dressed-up like Hezbollah fighters, prepared for an “enemy simulation”.

“The first thing we did was examine the operative mission—the scenario that could happen on the day we’re called upon,” said MAJ A, the Nahal Brigade’s Intelligence Officer. The mission was divided into intelligence and operational challenges, as well as different scenarios that are important for the battalion to exercise.  

After understanding the mission and the challenges involved, the scenario was built like a true plot. Hezbollah uniforms, simulative equipment, an elaborated plan and impressive pyrotechnics make the story more convincing.

On one side of the exercise, there was the blue arrow team, against the red arrow team—which simulated Hezbollah activists—portrayed by a calculated amount of the Nahal Brigade’s combat soldiers and intelligence personnel. 

"The exercise was a huge success. Our combat soldiers defeated the enemy and never stopped. They are continuing to practice for more simulations and are prepared for everything.” –LTC Sarel, Commander of the 931st Battalion.

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Jeanne Ferguson 02:18 03.02.2023
Prayers for these young people fighting for Israel. Prayers also for their families. Prayers for the leadership of Israel and the troops.
Desiree Siefkas 01:47 03.02.2023
Sounds great! These young people work very hard. Prayers for all of these young people fighting these crazy wars. Prayers for all of their families.