French Army Caesar artillery battery supporting Mosul operation as part of TF Wagram..https://www.yahoo.com/news/south-mosul-french-guns-back-iraqi-forces-163257942.html
"We are providing permanent support to the Iraqi troops, 24 hours a day," says Captain Alexandre, whose full name is being withheld for security reasons.
The captain is in charge of five CAESAR artillery vehicles -- trucks mounted with eight-metre-long 155mm howitzers, which have been deployed previously on French military operations in Afghanistan and Mali.
The guns are each operated by five soldiers and can fire up to six times a minute.
"We have different types of munitions: explosives that can neutralise or destroy; but also that can light up the battlefield or blind with a curtain of smoke," the captain says.
About 100 French troops have been deployed since early September as part of the task force, mainly from artillery units.
Its commander, Colonel Benoit, says the name of the task force is especially appropriate.
"Wagram is a reference to the Napoleonic battle of 1809, a victory in which the use of artillery was decisive and which was won by the Grande Armee, which was also a coalition," the colonel says.
The French soldiers are based at Qayyarah, which lies about 60 kilometres (40 miles) south of Mosul and is the main staging point for the southern front.