WW2 History Club
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 21:23
To: WW2 History Club
Subject: WW2 History Club ... Allah Calls One Home?
Web Site Link: oops.wmv
Forwarded to me by a club member …
[From the original email]
Allah Calls One Home
This video was made by the bad guys. The camera man is filming his friend as he praises Allah and launches mortar shots at American troops. Little does he know that mortar shell tracking technology can track the trajectory of a hostile round and fire a retaliatory shot to precisely the spot from which the hostile shell was fired. This only requires the hostile mortar to fire 2 to 3 rounds. Count the number of mortar rounds the masked insurgent fires in the video. See how well it works. If you listen carefully you can hear the single round from the American artillery fired in the distance. It comes just after the terrorist fires his third round - and his fourth round drops down the tube but that's as far as it gets.
Now, click on the link above and view the video (quite short)
Nice story, but what really happened?
Based on a little investigation, it is unlikely that the video actually shows the result of mortar tracking technology; several reasons:
2 or 3 rounds is not required; with current tracking technology (most modern militaries have it) , only one round is required and by the time the mortar round lands, the coordinates of the firing point have already been fed to “friendly” artillery
A high explosive round (likely 155 mm) would not only kill the mortar, but the camera and cameraman as well. The blast radius for a 155mm HE is between 50 and 100 meters depending on the height above the ground for the explosion. The shrapnel and secondary damage radius is between 100 and 150 meters.
It takes more than the 14 seconds indicated in the video to acquire, lay, clear and fire the round. Depending on the location of the friendly artillery, time of flight for the artillery projectile itself could be many times the 14 seconds.
What is much more likely is that the 4th shell prematurely detonated – a pretty common event when you combine bootleg munitions and inexperienced combatants.
Good result, whatever the cause.