The situation: a US Special Forces fire team on a dismounted special reconnaissance mission is discovered by the Takistani Army.
The topic: do all hopeless tactical situations always require aggressive tactics?
It's day +2 after our infiltration and this is no country for special forces. Terrain is mostly barren of vegetation and flat. So difficult is to hide in these lands that we move mostly at night. Daytime movement is kept at a minimum and done strictly dismounted. Pressed by the most basic demand of a unit involved in recce (don't loose contact with the enemy), our operational detachment-A takes a gamble and moves on foot some 12 kilometers towards a named area of interest. The heat of the afternoon is unbearable and the weight of our heavy weapons starts to hinder our pace. We decide to stop, hide our heavy weapons in a miniature mission support site, and fan out as two fire teams in search for a more permanent support site. My fire team is composed of one rifleman, one automatic rifleman and a marksman. We move north towards an abandoned farm.
|Exhausted men take a breather in the shade of a barn. No slack, gents!|
|The change in the sound of the rotors of the enemy helicopter is a clear indication that the bird is to land.|
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