Played as a custom-made mission in ArmA 2 Combined Operations. Map is the "Marine Corps Twentynine Palms Air Ground Combat Center", by Phaeden. Pardon my mess as this mission is a night firefight and most of the screenshots are dark and monochromatic.
After my belly landing I was sorely disappointed to learn that a rescue mission was not to be available until dawn of the next day. I hid somewhere near the landing site but was forced to flee when insurgent forces approached the landing site later in the afternoon. I decided that my best chances of rejoining with friendly forces was via the city of Piatygorsk, which was some 20 km from my position. The relatively open terrain offered little concealment for me and plenty of cross-country mobility for the insurgent's wheeled vehicles, so I had to move relatively slowly during the rest of the day in order to be completely sure I was not being spotted from the distance.
As night fell I was shocked by the sight of a full moon. I hoped that the NVGs that I took from the Ka-50 would provide some edge to my night movement. Two hours into the evening I was hiding in an abandoned tree grove and just done with my dinner (a cereal bar and a highly concentrated energy drink) when I started moving again. I made contact with an insurgent patrol shortly thereafter.
|Patches of tree groves with opening between them. Not exactly the dense forest where I would have wanted to be.|
|Right click and open in new window, please. An insurgent patrol moving on the opposite side of the grove, from right to left, some 150 meters away.|
|While moving towards the enemy, my right flank was quite open. I should have probably have moved a few steps to the left where the trees would provide some concealment.|
|The enemy fire didn't wait, but I was already running back towards my previous position. The trees were providing excellent concealment.|
|Among the niceties of my new position was a single stairwell that provided just one point of entry in case the insurgents were to close assault. It also provided a quick access to cover in case these guys decided to toss grenades onto the rooftop.|
|I backed up into the grove and while I was moving towards the flank of the third shooter I bumped into the first insurgent that I eliminated. A grabbed his AKM rifle and a couple of fragmentation grenades from him.|
|The search for the third shooter proved to be too involved and time consuming.|