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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:10 PM
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6. "Well, dear chap, would you think it unreasonable if I told you to stuff it?"
When I was in infantry training in the marines, they took us to a course to show us what machine guns could do. Verrry impressive. They loaded the 2 MGs with tracers and fired them over an open field.

Then they took us to the next course which was "How to attack a machine-gun nest". It was a bunker, supposedly containing machine guns. The idea was to split the platoon in half. Half would sneak around the flank while the other half would bravely put their M1s on their hips and march directly at the bunkers while shooting from the hip, to distract the machine gunners. Then the other guys would sneak up and throw grenades in.

It was a great success! I was in the "distraction" contingent and we marched boldly forward raising all kinds of dust by shooting the ground in front of us. (It ain't like in the movies). When we ceased fire, sure enough, the other guys ran up and chucked grenades (disarmed) into the bunkers.

The only problem was that there weren't really machine guns. If there had been, we'd have all been dead.

My thoughts on finishing the exercise were as follows: "If any idiot, of any rank, tells me to stand up and march into a machine gun nest there's going to be one helluva fight..and I have a gun."
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  - "Well, dear chap, would you think it unreasonable if I told you to stuff it?"  Tierra_y_Libertad   Apr-03-07 02:10 PM   #6 
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