Saturday, October 23, 2010

Praxis Photo: Stan sends us an image of improvised field fortifications on rocky terrain in Aghanistan.

10 comments:

Sean said...

Aghanistan? WTF is the guy on the left in his underwear and flip-flops? What is that over the helmet(great aiming point, by the way) of the guy on the right? They're also silhouetting themselves over the top of their cover. Great cover. Poor use of concealment.

Dutchman6 said...

"WTF is the guy on the left in his underwear and flip-flops?"

You, sir, win the kewpie doll. I was wondering how long it would take someone to note the guy who obviously was just turned out of his rack to get up on the line. I was also wondering when someone would point out how pitifully inadequate these arrangements were.

ParaPacem said...

Actually, you misunderstand the arrangement.
"Right to left, the men represent

1. Current official battle rattle;
2. Current battle rattle as actually worn in the field;
3. New issue uniforms under the Obama regimes revamping of the military, beginning in 2013. The savings on boots and trousers will be applied to the retirement fund of union bosses and ACORN officers.

Taylor Harbin said...

Yeah...Sean pretty much said it all...

LFMayor said...

my call on the helmet is a mounting arm for NVG, minus the NVG and flipped up.

Considering the down slope in front of them, the position looks to be oriented okay. I'm gonna venture that there's not a lot of topsoil there, probably why the sandbags are stacked in containers (and there's no overhead protection). Might just be a leg extending out from a fully covered OP. The same containers they were slung in on underneath a CH-46?

Around two years ago, there was some internet buzz about this kid falling out still wearing his snuggle gear during a reac. Probably just some harrassment rounds fired, to make everyone roll out of the rack, a la "Louie the Louse".

blah said...

the guy in the middle is wearing SILVER SHOES! silver shoes!

~Mountain Fawkes

Anonymous said...

You just stepped on your dick. That guy in his boxers is a certified Grade A American hero.

Google it.

Anonymous said...

Besides that, Sean, why do you think they "silhouetting" themselves when you don't know what's directly behind them?

Sean said...

Anon, 9:57, The helmet worn by GIs is distinctive, and when over the top of any regular shaped (more or less flat in this case)object, it produces an easily recognizable silhoutte, especially to seasoned troops. Moreover, unless a soldier remains perfectly still, he will be seen because of movement. If the soldier is detected by enemy troops when he first puts his head over a regular feature, and remains perfectly still, he will be detected any way. If you can be seen at all on the battle field, you can be hit and killed. In essence, it does not matter one whit what is behind you when you expose any part of yourself to possible enemy fire. You MAY possibly have a blending in with terrain or objects behind you, you are still exposed. Solution: Observe or scout OPFOR from small spaces, concealed behind local brush or debris, if in a MOUT situation. Expose the absolute minimum to OPFOR sight, and do it concealed as much as possible. Having seen soldiers expose themselves in various stupid ways, and seen them killed and wounded, FIRST HAND, I know what works and what is stupid. Oh, and heroes also do stupid things like this and get killed. Being a genuine American hero will not protect you from a rifleman with his sights on you.

SiGraybeard said...

Anonymous @9:56 - agree

Wasn't this last year? Or even farther back? I remember this picture distinctly - how could you forget the guy in the boxers?