Sunday, August 21, 2016

Interesting Artifact

I was surfing around ad found this photo, and immediately wondered how something like that might happen

After thinking about it for a minute, the answer is simple.  Final Protective Fires.  Final Protective Fires are used when a military unit is in a static position and is in danger of being overrun.  If you're in a good defensive position with open fields of fire, it's easy to interlock fires where all the units weapons are shooting in interlocking lanes of fire.

Eventually, if you fire enough, over the course of several years of combat, you're bound to have two bullets slam into each other.


Old NFO said...

Hadn't thought of that, but it makes perfect sense. Sooner or later that has to happen. Still an oddity though! Usually they meet nose to nose (Lots of them at Gettysburg and other major Civil War battlefields).

Anonymous said...

Are there rifling marks on the bullet that was struck? It doesn't look like it. So it looks like it may have been static when in was hit

Old NFO said...

Found the picture I was looking for-