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Infanteer
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Icon 1 posted 09 January 2021 02:17
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Here is the grudging admission of an Infantryman to the gunners that arty is still the king of the battlefield, as explained by Anthony Lyod, who was unlucky enough to experience it....

"No weapon frightens me as much as the shell. Bullets have a certain logic. Put a sizeable enough piece of concrete between yourself and the firer and you will be untouched. Run between cover, for it is difficult even for an experienced shot to hit a man who sprints fast. Even when people around you are hit the wounds seldom seem so bad, unless the bullet has tumbled in flight or hit them in the head. But shells? They can do things to the human body you never believed possible.... And there is no real cover from shellfire. Shells can drop out of the sky to your feet, or smash their way through any piece of architecture to find you.
(And this is my favorite part)
There is a philosophical element to it all too: a bullet may or may not have your number on it, but I am sure shells are merely engraved with 'to whom it may concern'."

...Well, I found it to be a convincing passage. Maybe this should be in the infantry forum under the heading "Why to dig real deep."
Anyways, gunners, please remember that friendly fire...isn't.
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Icon 10 posted 11 January 2021 09:28
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Another who has seen the light

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Jungle
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Icon 13 posted 08 March 2021 08:07
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Sounds more like a tribute to the shell than to the Gunner himself... By the way, have you heard that the Artillery is supposed to be downgraded to combat support ? It would make sense since the Arty is the only Combat Arms trade who have to go forward to take a shower !!!
RELAX Gunners... just a little bit of humour!!! [Wink]


Parachute jumping tests and hardens a soldier under stress in a way nothing short of battle can do. You never know about others. But paratroopers will fight.
- Field Marshall Montgomery
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Gunner
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Icon 10 posted 08 March 2021 22:09
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Grrr! [Mad]

Don't come whining to me if you ever need a fire plan to get your *** out of the fire! [Big Grin]

Cheers,

PS. Remember there are two types of people in this world ... Gunners and Targets. [Wink]
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