The story of the SOE "finishing school" on the Beaulieu estate. During World War II, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) was created by Winston Churchill and was tasked to "Set Europe Ablaze". They trained secret agents and sent them behind enemy lines in Europe and around the world. After being trained in physical fitness, self-defence, unarmed combat and other survival skills, sabotage and the use of weapons and explosives as well as radio communications the agents were sent to Beaulieu which acted as a finishing school. There they were subject to psychological evaluation and taught the finer points of surviving behind enemy lines.
For the first time, the Canadian Forces have allowed cameras into their training grounds to give Discovery Channel viewers an incredible, in depth look at what it takes to become a Canadian soldier.
In the midst of a dusty desert landscape, Pte. Dan Martin clambers up a well-positioned hill to scope out potential threats to his fellow Canadian Forces soldiers.
But he fails to take proper cover while perched atop his post and instead serves as an easy target for Taliban gunfire.
Thankfully, this deadly mistake took place in training, and not on the fields of Afghanistan.
"It's a real eye-opener for me," the sheepish Martin says after being chewed out by his commanders for forgetting basic strategy on the new reality series, Combat School. "If that was real, I would have been dead so I've got to be careful now."