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July 22, 2006

H&I* Fires 22 July 2006

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Ah, Brit Obits (and classic Brit warriors):

Brigadier David Nicholls, who has died aged 57, combined a 30-year career in the Royal Marines with being the leading military mountaineer of his generation.

In 1972 Nicholls was in Oman with the lead platoon of A Company, Northern Frontier Regiment, when it was caught in open ground by insurgents fighting the Sultan's Armed Forces. Corporal Mahmood, next to Nicholls, was cut down by a burst of machine-gun fire as the rest of the platoon threw themselves down on the floor of the wadi, which "was as hard as a billiard table".

Realising that the rim of the wadi would be essential to winning the fight, he zigzagged across the 300 yards to its edge, shouting in Arabic for his men to follow. But on gaining the ridge he looked back to see that his troops were far too concerned with recovering Mahmood's body.

Armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and hand grenades, he fought a one-man battle among the rocks, distracting about 20 guerrillas from attacking his exposed company, and denying the enemy use of the ridge for some two hours while the company commander called down artillery and mortar fire. Under this cover the company slowly advanced to join him.

A subsequent search of caves in the wadi led to the recovery of large quantities of ammunition which were being smuggled to the insurgents. Helicopters flew out six wounded government troops, and Nicholls descended from the mountains on foot with the remainder then had a swim off the coast before returning to headquarters.

Read the rest here at the Telegraph.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.

CAPT H sends us this from Treppenwitz: Sometimes, a bully just *has* to be beaten into submission. And submission is the key word. This underscores a key problem I have with Secretary Rumsfeld's theories about warfare. -the Armorer


Nasrallah runs Lebanon? - FbL


Oh goody - SF Alpha Geek is back online ... and scraping icky things off his boots. Welcome back, now get crackin' on that war porn, dude! - Barb


I saw it observed somewhere else... if "cease fires in the interests of peace" really produced peace - the Middle East should be the most peaceful place on earth.


What brings that up? This, by Soldier's Mom over at Milblogs. (note the new words of wisdom in the upper left under Wahabism Delenda Est.) -the Armorer


As a fair and objective journalist, don't you just hate it when the "war criminal" is exonerated? [notice this isn't being widely reported] - FbL

8 grocery employees stabbed in Tennessee

The rest of the story?

Ingram, chasing one victim into the store's parking lot, was subdued by Chris Cope, manager of a financial services office in the same small shopping center, Memphis Police Sgt. Vince Higgins said.

Cope said he grabbed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol from his pickup truck when he saw the attacker chasing the victim "like something in a serial killer movie."

"When he turned around and saw my pistol, he threw the knife away, put his hands up and got on the ground," Cope told The Associated Press. "He saw my gun and that was pretty much it."

Police arrived within minutes and took the Ingram into custody.

Read about it here. -the Armorer


*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".