An explosion just a few feet away rocks the unmarked station wagon as it travels along a dirt road in the Norwegian woodland.
Immediately, two soldiers jump from their front
seats and run for cover behind the carcass of an old, rusty tank. Firing
their weapons at targets along the snow-covered hillside, they call for
support from the rest of their unit.
This firefight is just a drill, but the soldiers
taking part are battling to break down one of the final barriers to
women serving in the armed forces. They are training to become part of
Norway's Jegertroppen or "Hunter Troops" — the world's first all-female
military special forces unit.