19 Jun '16, 11pm

Boxes: By: Keith Nightingale An Infantryman’s life is defined by boxes. They carry, they feed, they ...

Boxes: By: Keith Nightingale An Infantryman’s life is defined by boxes. They carry, they feed, they ...

The mech and armor units also made prodigious use of boxes. In most cases, for purposes of necessity and weight bearing, their boxes tended to be of heavier material. The most obvious “box” was the M113 track carrier or APC with its ACAV and Recovery variants. This box held the lives inside and was packed with other boxes, food, sundries and ammunition. This was a moving box and like the turtle’s shell, the home of the occupants. Boxes of ammo were arranged as flooring with strategic sandbags for standing. In the best case, the ammo was readily at hand just by reaching down. In the worst case, the sandbags and ammo boxes provided some degree of protection between an ignited road mine and the occupants. Under the track commander’s position, also the .50 cal primary machine gun location, was usually another box similar to the helicopter door gunner. This would have an empty ...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/boxes

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