I'm in a strange tactical land, folks. I'm reading Paddy Griffith's Forward into Battle and it's quite a journey of critical reading. Griffith gets very controversial in this book. His main point is about how virtually every major decisive victory in military history can be attributed to shock action. Napoleonic massed volley fire? Just to wear down the enemy and then deliver the (only thing decisive) bayonet charge.
I'm not of the intellectual stature to challenge anything that I'm reading, but it looks to me that close combat is the last option in modern combat. Killing the enemy from the distance with superior firepower looks like an SOP nowadays.
Enough digression. Griffith mentions in several parts of the book that the cold steel of the bayonet has been replaced by the hand grenade. I confess that when I am in virtual combat, grenades are the least thing in my mind. So here is this entry, to reinforce the habit of safe close combat.
A British infantry section on a dismounted patrol. No vehicles near, no indirect fire support, just the organic weapons of the section. Walking down the patrol route the section comes under insurgent fire from its left flank.
|Well drilled reactions pay off. The shooter is quickly dispatched, but more insurgents are suspected to be in the walled campground ahead.|
|A fire support element (marksman and two LMGs) is left behind while the assault team (all the rest of the section) advances ahead.|
|The assault team reaches the walls of the nearest campground. Buddy teams cover two intersecting walls.|
|Every effort is made to determine if there are insurgents inside the campground. In this image, an infantryman steps on a dirt mound to peek inside the walls. No contact, though.|
|Finding out if the insurgents are within the walls had to be done the old way. From a healthy distance, a British soldier slowly moves away from the wall, keeping a close eye in the opening. Contact!|
|The assault team then proceeds to toss grenades inside the campground. A total of 8 grenades are aimed at the middle, nearby the walls and to wall breaks/entrances. It's more or less blind fragging.|
|A last peek before storming in. One insurgent dead confirmed.|
|Aftermath: three insurgents taken out from the campground.|
But I don't think that what is shown above is what actually Griffith was writing about. There was no shock, just a mini-indirect fire of sorts. Next time, I should try the grenade tossing followed by the storming ... Like a SWAT team! :)