Live Fire Shoot in Tunisia

Beja Travel Blog

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A nomad Bedouin tribe with their sheep and camels, outside of Beja, Tunisia.
Was recently in Tunis to conduct some training for the Tunisian National Guard and National Police (Anti-Terrorism Brigade).  2 days were spent in a classroom in downtown Tunis, but on day 3, we drove one hour west towards a town called Beja.  It was amazing how the landscape changed from the desert to a wine-country like setting, with rolling hills littered with olive groves and vinyards.  We spent the morning shooting on a small range at the National Police Training Facility and then the commanding officer put on an authentic BBQ lunch which was out of this world.  We sat outside under the trees overlooking an old abandoned swimming pool from the days when the facility was home to a government owned vacation oasis.
Me at the Tunisian National Police Training Center, Beja, Tunisia.
  Evidence of Tunisia's rich history was in plain view - pool side were the ruins of an old Roman settlement.  It is obvious why the Romans would have been there as the landscape was very much like the terrain in southern Italy.  On the way back to Tunis later that afternoon, we stopped at a random spot off the highway where we found the final resting place of many British and Indian soldiers that had perished nearby during the WWII North African Campaign under the shadow of a French church that had been destroyed in the fighting.  It was amazing how relics of Tunisia's past span 2700+ years from the Carthaginians through the Roman conquest during the 1st century then on to the Muslim influence from the Ottomans and finally to WWII. 
pbug31 says:
ahhh Beja...my father in law actually use to work as a police commander in beja for one of his many areas he commanded. as for the wwII memorial, thanks to your info here I hope that we will be going there to see it tomorrow. I never new it exsisted. thanks a bunch!
Posted on: May 25, 2011
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A nomad Bedouin tribe with their …
Me at the Tunisian National Police…
Me at the Tunisian National Polic…
The rolling hills of Beja, littere…
The rolling hills of Beja, litter…
Cross at the British National Ceme…
Cross at the British National Cem…
Destroyed French church at the Bri…
Destroyed French church at the Br…
Destroyed French church at the Bri…
Destroyed French church at the Br…
Graves of fallen Indian soldiers f…
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Cemetary with fallen soldiers of t…
Cemetary with fallen soldiers of …
Olive groves and vinyards litter t…
Olive groves and vinyards litter …
Live fire range at the Tunisian Na…
Live fire range at the Tunisian N…
Live fire range at the Tunisian Na…
Live fire range at the Tunisian N…
Roman ruins randomly located pool-…
Roman ruins randomly located pool…
Roman ruins randomly located pool-…
Roman ruins randomly located pool…
Roman ruins randomly located pool-…
Roman ruins randomly located pool…
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After the range shoot, the Trainin…
After the range shoot, the Traini…
After the range shoot, the Trainin…
After the range shoot, the Traini…
Beja
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