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"Blind shooting"

Discussion in 'Army & Security Forces' started by AlanHR, Apr 24, 2017.

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  1. AlanHR

    AlanHR New Member

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    Hi there!

    I have a tanking question for either ex-tankers or active ones.

    For example you are using tank which has only optical sights (WWII tank). Something (bush, tree or whatever) is completely obscuring your LoS to target but commander can see it since hes in elevated position. If commander gives you bearing, target distance and gives fire order would you blindly shoot or tell him you don't have eyes on the target? I know that situation is highly specific and can happen but is it general RoE for commander to talk gunner into target while his sight is obscured or just an exception?

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  2. Waylander

    Waylander Defense Professional Verified Defense Pro

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    Not shooting. The distances involved are so high and that the bearing/elevation dials are not accurate enough. Apart from this, the TC doesn't even know the right elevation nor the right bearing as he is set higher and to the left of the gun axis. And even an inaccuracy of a few mills is a problem at the ranges modern tank combat takes place.

    What may wirk is that the TC uses his own independent sight (which may have a LOS) for the engagement. Some tanks allow for this.