July 30, 2013

Not Much to Say Right Now....

....but I really had to get that post off the top spot.

Also, I always did wonder about this as a kid.


Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 01:15 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Maybe he's wading through water up to his armpits...

Posted by: Siergen at Tue Jul 30 16:07:13 2013 (Ao4Kw)

2 Or he's about to perforate someone with his bayonet.

Posted by: David at Tue Jul 30 20:26:28 2013 (vyRm+)

3 I see no bayonet.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Jul 30 23:19:26 2013 (F7DdT)

4 Once upon a time, that particular pose was used to indicate "The enemy is thataway...". Seriously. You were supposed to stand there with your rifle raised over your head, pointing it at the enemy, so that the rest of your unit would know where they were.

For proof, see about half-way down this page, taken from the old Visual Signals FM:

http://www.hardscrabblefarm.com/vn/visual-signals.html

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:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/accp/in0541/ch2.htm

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)

5 Found the one with both hands...

http://www.hardscrabblefarm.com/images/ww2/handbook/hand_signals_2.gif

Posted by: Kirk at Wed Jul 31 03:09:40 2013 (gKTMc)

6 Well then.
Now we know.

http://brickmuppet.mee.nu/images/1296252736878.jpg

Now all we need is lasers.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed Jul 31 12:09:42 2013 (F7DdT)

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