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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-10 01:54 PM
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37. Yes--that came from studies of Korean War combat
I believe it was Brigadier Gen. S.L.A. Marshall who studied combat performance of infantrymen in the Korean War. Besides their natural resistance to killing, he found that a large percentage of soldiers don't fire their weapons because of isolation from their comrades and lack of visible targets.

Soldiers in foxholes or down behind cover often cannot see their leaders or the other men of their unit. Marshall's findings led to development of the Trainfire system of training troops, which used more realistic human silhouette targets and also emphasized firing whether or not a target is visible (the objective being to lay down a base of suppressive fire).

This is all from memory, and is subject to correction if my recollections are in error.
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