If we run, the helicopter will mow us down with it's door machine guns. Making a stand in the farm is unlikely to succeed (how many approach routes can you cover with just 4 men?).
There is a moment in any heli-borne insertion where vulnerability goes trough the roof. That moment is when troops disembark from the aircraft. If we are going to fight these guys, we will do it when they are with their pants down.
I rush my men in the direction of the landing zone. I want their fields of fire unobstructed from the clutter in the farm.
|We stop at a tiny berm so we can have some meager cover and we fire con gusto at the helicopter. Note the red tracer from my automatic rifleman, a bit right from the dead tree. You will have to click this image to see it.|
|The enemy (Takistani Special Forces) are hopelessly bunched up after debarking from the helicopter. If the Takistanis would have landed just 50 meters away from us, they would have been almost completely covered by a small undulation of the terrain.|
|The shootout is over, but we keep a close eye on the landing zone.|
|View from the marksman's position, a few minutes after the shootout is over. Nothing is moving in the landing zone.|
|Another view from the marksman's position. The Deltas are closing with the landing zone.|
|Extreme caution moving towards the landing zone! Worried about survivors or helicopter crew members still willing to fight.|
|This is me firing some shots at the door gunner. It is not clear to me if he was alive before I did this.|
|A Takistani Special Forces soldier who didn't even make it to the ground.|