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Vietnam Artillery Firebase Tactics

July 25, 2019

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  • Reply Military History Visualized July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Notice the definition of "mil" in the video is wrong, thank you to Jasper and all others, who pointed this out:
    "It is derived from a miliradian, which is a measurement of angle, not distance. A "military mil" is 1/6400 of a circle although a miliradian works out to be 1/6366ish of a circle."
    https://www.metric-conversions.org/angle/milliradians-nato-conversion.htm

  • Reply Greatmcwhite July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    My cousin, a Marine 2nd Lt. Artillery Officer, was KIA in 1966, in Quang Ngai province. His unit was searching for a new location for their battery, when they triggered an IED. Records from his company commander's September report show 30,000 155mm, 5500 105mm and 5000 4.2" mortar rounds fired, two enlisted men wounded, and one officer killed.

  • Reply Tom Sanders July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Fire base vast quantities of drugs base was another category.

  • Reply Mark Anthony July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Awesome videos what do you use to do them?

  • Reply Michael Wolff July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    "SNOW FLAKE SHAPE"…LOL!
    I see what you did there 🙂 Prost!

  • Reply EvilGNU July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Earthworms? 😛
    love you bro

  • Reply BrainDeader July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

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  • Reply max musslmann July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    pls more about vietnam!

  • Reply Tree Kid July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    my grand uncle was a recon in vietnam war, south vietnamese arny, he told me the greatest place where they can sleep without being disturbed by enemy is where artillery are coordinated to fire if called upon, the coordinated place never change and if a recon squad got spotted and engaged, they would lead their pursuer to those exact location as they call for artillery support

  • Reply General Ripper1964 July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    The problem with the "Killer Junior" is if the charge firing the round was too small, the round could get stuck in the barrel of the gun and was called a "sticker". It would be a pain the ass to get out.

  • Reply Kim Prisbrey July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Wasn't fire base Maryann overrun…..?

  • Reply RikoAzusa - July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    So I have this question:
    Is the M4 Sherman underrated or underpowered

  • Reply M Smith July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Another great vid.
    Please consider making a vid about the Battle of FSB Coral & Balmoral.
    Cheers

  • Reply Cyril Chui July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    informative video, good

  • Reply Bob O July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Very interesting conflict please more coverage

  • Reply Admiral Tiberius July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Can you imagine a 203mm/8inch howitzer firing in a direct fire role with killer senior….that's a gun normally used with heavy cruisers deciding it hates you, personally.

  • Reply Shani Malcontent July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

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  • Reply Luke Webber July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Outstanding work, always a pleasure to see some insight into these practices.

    Was the same rationale used recently in Afghanistan by American troops? I imagine it would have been useful but I don’t actually know

  • Reply BlackMasterRoshi July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    "The Firebase Doctrine," Or: How to Lose a War.

  • Reply Zachary Levy July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    "liminal messages", amazing

  • Reply G D July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks. Good topic. I knew a number of Infantrymen who received support from these bases. The unanimously liked it. I did not know that they were never over run.

  • Reply Baikal Tii July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    allow me to offer Mr. Ott a couple examples contrary to "… he was never able to take an American firebase." – Khe Sahn and FSB Ripcord. the enemy may not have actually taken them but for sure forced their evacuation.
    A fact missed was that firebases constructed by 1st Cavalry and 101st Abn were called "LZ"'s before 1969. LZ Columbus and LZ Sally are examples.

  • Reply D I R E C T R U L E F R O M P E T R O G R A D July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    PLEASE do more vietnam

  • Reply Taylor Wedow July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Please do more videos on the Vietnam War! All of your videos are great but it's also really cool to see you discuss topics in new theaters! Keep up the great work!

  • Reply Adam Ladd July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Did the attempt to lire the north Vietnamese into attacking the fire base work?

  • Reply dcikaruga July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    I remember an interview with a Vietnamese general and he said they quickly realised they couldn't defeat the US in open battles, the American's just had too much firepower, but soon learned the could fight well once they go in close, so they changed their tactics accordinlgy.

  • Reply Peter K July 25, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Excellent video. Just a slight correction about your introductory comment regarding artillery behind the front lines: I believe that Soviet doctrine specifically called for artillery to be used at or very near the front lines, and was so employed extensively during WWII; I am unaware that such doctrine might have changed with the Russian military.

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