Bad News

2nd Jun 2018, 4:28 PM

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BUMBLEBEE on 2nd Jun 2018, 4:28 PM

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We can put outposts in the most precarious positions, knowing JDAMS, arty and gun runs will keep them safe. But what happens when you can't call big brother for help?



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jamie59 on 2nd Jun 2018, 5:13 PM

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If the tanks can't hit them from there they sure can move close enough to get them in range. They should have placed themselves on the other side with spotters on this side. Teach them a lesson.

BUMBLEBEE on 2nd Jun 2018, 5:37 PM

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Yup - the jihadis are sitting on top of a target reference point, which is a position preregistered with the local arty and whatnot so you can dump rounds on them faster. If you can call them and tell them to drop the rounds, and if they're not having probs of their own...

jamie59 on 2nd Jun 2018, 5:44 PM

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My point tanks have big guns & a moving target is hard to hit with a mortar.

BUMBLEBEE on 2nd Jun 2018, 6:26 PM

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i agree 100% nothing here to scare tanks yet!

Chippewa Ghost on 2nd Jun 2018, 7:38 PM

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The Mk 19: when you need more than a fifty call to get off.

edit: whoops, that is a 50. Also: nice indirect fire impact effects in panel 6!

BUMBLEBEE on 2nd Jun 2018, 7:53 PM

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Thanks! Its a cheap trick but I'm gonna wear it out! Really should have added some dust and falling debris in panel 7, but I'll remember next time...

An erratic round

Gerald A Ney on 6th Jun 2018, 12:59 AM

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Agreed that artillery is quite accurate with preregistered points. However, from personal experience in Vietnam, sometimes you can get an erratic round with a bit too much or too little powder. One landed in the middle of 7 of us and somehow no one was hit. A quarter size piece of shrapnel just missed my head. The captain pulled rank and took it as a souvenir.

BUMBLEBEE on 6th Jun 2018, 7:50 PM

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The dreaded short round! It's a miracle you weren't all wasted. I'm not very religious by nature, but it would be hard to walk away from an experience like that without some new thoughts about God. In Iraq, I saw shrapnel as long as my arm lying in the desert.

I have a friend who's a gun bunny (still), and in his honor, there won't be any short rounds in Drive On!

Gerald A Ney on 8th Jun 2018, 12:32 AM

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Actually the 105mm round was 400 long and 50 left. And back in the US, my maternal grandmother was going to 6 AM Mass every morning. Mind you the Montagnard force I was visiting to photo ID a dead VC was only temporarily halted from smoking pipes and chewing on sugar cane between desultory firing across the rice paddy. Wrote a poem on the experience titled "Pass the pipes and sugar cane, light on the shrapnel, please."

BUMBLEBEE on 9th Jun 2018, 2:47 PM

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Love to read it, if you feel like sharing it. You can PM me or post it here (if you want). I tried my hand it myself, post war - mailed it all to my folks and in the intervening years managed to lose a notebook full of it.
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