Murphey's Laws Of Combat
Recoiless rifles...aren't. Suppressive fire.....won't. Friendly fire.....isn't. Automatic weapons....aren't. Incoming fire has right-of-way. If the enemy is in range, so are you. When in doubt, empty the magazine. A sucking chest wound is nature's way of telling you it's time to slow down. Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you. Anything you do can get you shot...including doing nothing. Make it tough enough for the enemy to get in and you won't be able to get out. Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself. Professionals are predictable, amateurs are dangerous. The easy way is always mined. Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo. No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy. If you're short of everything but the enemy, you're in a combat zone. If your attack is going really well, it's an ambush. No combat-ready unit ever passed inspection. No inspection-ready unit ever passed combat. Communications will always fail the moment you need air or artillery support. If it's stupid but works, it isn't stupid. You are not Superman. (Freshly graduated recruits from Marine boot camp and all fighter pilots, especially, take note.) Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder. When both sides are convinced that they are about to lose; they are both right. Don't look conspicuous, it draws fire (This is why aircraft carriers are called bomb magnets. All five-second grenade fuses will brun down in three seconds. If you are forward of your position, the artillery will fall short The enemy diversion you are ignoring is the main attack. The important things are always simple The simple things are always hard When you have secured an area, don't forget to tell the enemy. If the enemy are in range, SO ARE YOU. Beer math is: Two beers times 37 men equal 49 cases. Body count math is: Two guerrillas plus one portable plus two pigs equal 37 enemy KIA Things that must be together to work, usually can't be shipped together. Tracers work BOTH ways. The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire. If you take more than your fair share of objectives, you will have more than your fair share of objectives to take Professional soldiers are predictable, but the world is full of amateurs Murphy was a grunt.