From Boot Camp to Battle Field, Discovery Channel Goes to COMBAT SCHOOL With Canada's Armed Forces, March 10

    -Unprecedented access to intensive combat training in preparation for

    -Exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of Canadian soldiers' everyday life

    TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - COMBAT SCHOOL follows - for the first time ever
- Canadian infantry soldiers as they undergo the most
technologically-advanced, intense and realistic combat training in military
history. Premiering Tuesday, March 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel,
this six-part, one-hour Canadian documentary series goes directly to the heart
of modern warfare by following a platoon of 40 men and women from the time
they commence their training until they are declared battle-ready and
deployed. Granted unprecedented access by the Canadian military and combat
trainers, cameras are then embedded with the platoon in the war fields of
Afghanistan where viewers witness how the soldiers' skills are put to the
ultimate test when they encounter insurgents for the first time.

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    In COMBAT SCHOOL the training is intense and the expectations high. Those
who are unprepared won't make it, and those who are ready leave everything
behind to risk their lives in a war zone. Following soldiers from 1 Platoon,
Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment - based out of Petawawa,
Ontario - COMBAT SCHOOL captures every step of the mission-specific training
as the men and women prepare for the most intense combat situation they have
ever faced.
    Platoon leaders must ensure that these soldiers - some as young as 19 -
are fully trained before they enter the volatile combat zone. The soldiers
travel to Texas where topography and arid conditions mimic that of the Afghan
desert to begin their training. From there, they head to the Canadian
Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta for the most realistic,
complex and advanced combat training in the world.
    After months of demanding training, the battle-ready troops travel to
Afghanistan. Assigned to a Forward Operating Base in the heart of Taliban
territory - this will be the first time their combat skills are put to the
ultimate test in the theatre of war. They learn just how close the enemy is
after a rocket attack on their very first night at base.
    Offering special online access to COMBAT SCHOOL viewers, the newly
relaunched features exclusive bonus content, including
cool 3-D models, behind-the-scenes footage and video diaries. In these
personal accounts, the soldiers open up about everything from army rations to
desert accommodation.
    COMBAT SCHOOL is produced for Discovery Channel by Paperny Films.

    About Paperny Films Inc.

    The award-winning Paperny Films Inc., operated by partners David Paperny,
Audrey Mehler and Cal Shumiatcher, is one of Canada's leading producers of
high-quality factual entertainment. From groundbreaking documentaries and
documentary series to popular reality and lifestyle programmes, Paperny Films
has produced over 300 hours of provocative entertainment and won over 30
awards since its inception in 1994. Seen on 15 networks across Canada and in
36 countries worldwide, Paperny Films' programmes excel in capturing the
essences of the human story. In addition, the company recently opened a
scripted development department to delve into comedic and dramatic

    About Discovery Channel

    Bold and leading edge, while informing and entertaining, Discovery
Channel is Canada's leading source for factual programming, as it puts a new
spin on exploring adventure, science and technology. This award-winning
channel covers the scientific beat, from animals to the animalistic side of
humanity, from the sea to space, and the latest in innovation. TV Trends and
Quality (TVQ) Survey consistently ranks Discovery Channel Canada first among
all English-language Canadian specialty networks for overall quality of
programming. Discovery Channel is one of the first Canadian specialty channels
to offer programs in HDTV and its production house, Exploration Production
Inc. (EPI), continues to be internationally recognized as a producer of
cutting-edge programming with distribution to more than 150 countries. The
channel's website may be found at

For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Fell Delamere, Discovery Channel, (416)
384-4603 or; Susan Stafford, UNIT:PR, (416) 506-1238 or

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