Recon Marines Use Fire and Maneuver to Repel Enemy Ambush
This is some of the more "intense" footage from a 3 hour long patrol in Upper Sangin Valley. The video begins just after Alpha Element is engaged in what turns out to be a small preliminary ambush.
A word about tactics:
The overwhelming majority of casualties in this area were from IED's. These were usually located in channelized areas between buildings and walls (where there was cover from gunfire). We stuck to open fields because it was easier to repel enemy fighters and treat gunshot wounds than it was to find IED's and treat blown off limbs.
*Side note: Names are muted for privacy, and aftermath footage was left out as a courtesy to both the viewers and the fallen (no Marine casualties).
Rest easy boys. The Digger referred to at the end of the video, was killed with his mate, that is how he fulfilled his promise.
bullet nearly hits a soldier - close call. The Taliban are actually visible in this video.
from the owner: So I may sound heartless in this video when I say "Is it bad that I don't give a fuck about this kid?". Got it, it sounds horrible. However let me try to explain a bit. The kids in this particular village were absolute hellions. They threw rocks at our gunners every time we were in that village. They would cut the RPG netting around our vehicles making it useless. They would hop in to the back of trucks (MATVs have a truck bed in the back) to steal equipment. Our gunners resorted to throwing rocks in return to keep them from throwing rocks, or to keep them off of our vehicles. In this instance, the taliban ambushed us, we returned fire and called in mortars on their positions. The kids in the village were scrambling around our vehicles to collect our expended ammunition. Since they melt the brass down to make other things our expended ammo is almost like currency in most of Afghanistan. While this particular kid was snatching up expended brass, he was struck by a bullet fired by the taliban. Due everything I mentioned above, I did not at the time, and still do not, give one single fuck about that kid. There are plenty of kids over there I gave plenty of fucks about. They were the properly raised, morally sound kids that we'd exchange high fives with, give candy and pens to, and basically treat like any kid we'd treat here in the states.
155mm rounds are filled with around 24 lb of TNT and weigh approximately 100 pounds each (M795). Rounds are now available with a 2 axis Course Correcting Fuse allowing more precise fire. Excalibur rounds with GPS capability fired from this weapon have a circular error probable of about five meters. The effective maximum range depends on projectile but is anywhere from 15 to 25 miles