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Indirect Machine Gun Fire - Effective?

Discussion in 'Small Arms and Edged Weapons' started by superbee, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Sheldrake

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    I suspect the development of infantry mortars may have played a part in overshadowing indirect MG fire. In 1916 the new, revolutionary stokes mortar had a range of 1,200 yards, far outranged by a MMG. By the 1960s the range of a 3"/81mm mortar ranges had trebled.
     
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    So what if you had, purely as a theoretical exercise, five PBRs with three .50s each laying down interdiction fire about two miles into the dirtside. Would that violate any rule?
     
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    The technique of a machine gun barrage using indirect fire pretty much ended with WWI. As Sheldrake noted, this coincided with mortar development. The technique of indirect fire with the machine gun was still taught at least into the 1990's (and possibly still is though I have no direct knowledge) as a method to use in certain tactical situations.
     
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    I would assume dropping a lot of extra lead on a large area occupied by the enemy would not provide a lot of direct hits, but it would force them to stay under cover and hamper their ability to move freely and perhaps cause extra mental stress.
     
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    Finding cover is a bit problematic as the rounds aren't coming in horizontally. It may not even be clear where they are coming from. I've heard the French use of indirect fire with rifles (by company's I think) during the Franco-Prussian war was actually fairly effective. Not sure how that was defined though. Mg fire should work similarly.
     

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