July 30, 2013
Also, I always did wonder about this as a kid.
Posted by: Siergen at Tue Jul 30 16:07:13 2013 (Ao4Kw)
Posted by: David at Tue Jul 30 20:26:28 2013 (vyRm+)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Jul 30 23:19:26 2013 (F7DdT)
For proof, see about half-way down this page, taken from the old Visual Signals FM:
That was the WWII to the early seventies version. You'll also see it with both hands upraised, weapon upside down, as a variant. After that period, someone got some common sense, and went with the one pictured in Fig. 2-42 on this page:
It's a weird little thing, but sometimes you needed to be able to signal everyone else that the enemy was spotted, and which direction they were in. Presumably, the enemy hadn't seen you yet, because if they did, they were probably shooting at you, and you were shooting back, which would tend to obviate the entire idea.
That picture you have up there? That's because a bunch of the new kids have never seen the old-school manuals or training materials, and think they know what the hell they're talking about.
Posted by: Kirk at Wed Jul 31 02:55:52 2013 (gKTMc)
Posted by: Kirk at Wed Jul 31 03:09:40 2013 (gKTMc)
Now we know.
Now all we need is lasers.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed Jul 31 12:09:42 2013 (F7DdT)
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