The topic I want to bring up with this blog entry is something I read from the Small Wars Journal, the so-called Rhodesian Cover Shooting (also known as Drake Shooting).
A full pdf version of paper distributed by the Small Wars Journal can be downloaded here.
The Rhodesian Cover Shooting is a fire tactic used with the objective of "killing the enemy without seeing him or locating his exact position first." Not suppressive fire, not "spray and pray" but rather a fire oriented at likely enemy positions which are chosen by the shooter based in his knowledge of the tactics, procedures and shortcomings of the adversary. This type of fire is widely known after its use by the Rhodesian Light Infantry to fight terrorists in the bushes during the Rhodesian War.
I'm going to leave the details to you fellows, so I encourage you to read the paper (fantastic read, BTW). The key points to keep in mind are:
- Plenty of ammunition needed, yet it was effectively used by light troops with very well thought battle kits
- Fire superiority achieved through good firing technique rather than the number of rifle muzzles. The Rhodesian Light Infantry men always assumed they were to be outnumbered
- Ammunition levels closely monitored through friendly troops. Magazine changes at untimely moments of the firefight not welcome!
- No waiting to find out the enemy exact position. Right after contact, there is to a be an overwhelming fire response.
- Delivering the cover shots:
- Zeroing of the weapons at 100 meters (this is close combat and the enemy is likely to be prone, so fires are to be aimed low)
- Every soldier given an arc of fire. Soldiers were to shoot at the nearest enemy cover (either with or without visual contact with the enemy).
- "Kill the concealment, kill the terrorist"
- Not all the bushes within a soldier's cover are targets, the soldier is supposed to choose smartly among all the target options (some bushes are too small, or just can be seen as empty by visual cues)
- Take advantage of the enemy's custom of bunching up or buddy-teaming. Fires are delivered to kill more than one man.
I edited an ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead scenario to try out this. I can't rely on the friendly AI to deliver fire when it doesn't "see" the enemy (or anything else for that matter), so I did put myself alone as a Takistani special forces guy. To compensate for the lack of companions, I treated myself to some hefty firepower (a PKM machine gun). I arranged a group of insurgents armed with AKs only (don't want any rockets or MG fire coming my way). I used the Zeus mod to give the insurgents some smarties in the use of cover.
|The setup: myself in the forefront, plenty of concealment across the field. Waiting for the enemy coming from the background.|
I suspect that the Rhodesian Cover Shoot could be used best (if at all) in ArmA 2 when the targets are not bots but played by humans. It is important to keep in mind that your aiming relies on smart use of cover and concealment by the enemy. In this single player scenario, I kind of abused the AI because I know it will keep formation above all. It is a matter of eye balling where the next guy would be lying prone ...
|The enemy group (10 men) is approaching. Now I can see only two of them (yellow arrows), but is reasonable to assume where the non-visible ones are. I quickly dispatch one of these to encourage the enemy to engage me.|
|After delivering some twenty rounds in the direction where I suspected the enemy was located, he is hit.|
What's your take on this? Ammo waste?