The mission was to block any rebel reinforcements from entering the area of operations five kilometers south. Down there, a reinforced company is searching an insurgent compound suspected of harboring heavy weapons, including two T-55 tanks (leftovers courtesy of the now defunct Takistani Army). We are just a tiny group of lads, half observation post, half blocking force. My vehicle is in one of the extremes of a village, and the tanks the main force is looking for are just in front of me.
I decided to brave the tank's advance, at least for a couple of minutes. The wall in front of my vehicle at least covered the vehicle.
|The turrets of the two T-55s as seen from the sights of my heavy machine gun.|
|The stable platform of the vehicle allowed me to shoot very precisely. My first aim was the tank's main gun (note how the main gun of the lead tank is already blackened, indicating damage).|
|After some heavy firing, the left track of one of the T-55s is damaged. Mobility kill!|
|With the tank's main guns damaged, I didn't receive any return fire. Ironically, the only time I was targeted and at risk was when the crew of one of the tanks bailed out. The enemy crew was quickly dispatched.|
|The second tank suffered some serious hull and main gun damage, but I couldn't see the crew bailing out. I thought it was another mobility kill and that the crew bailed and was hiding somewhere in the bushes.|
|Completely out of .50 cal ammo, I dismount my team and move towards the tanks to mop up.|
|As we approached, the second tank bugged out in all haste without firing a shot.|