Letting my mind wander,I remember what Hippie said about his experience in Vietnam.He fought in the highlands in the late sixties.He said in the entire time he was there he never once saw a real NVA soldier.
His enemy was the Viet Cong they were poorly equipped,but masters of improvising.Several times they went up against black powder cannons,one of the guys with us laughed at this Hippie just shut up.Later I asked him about it.He said dude as primitive as it sounds it was horribly effective,nails,rocks,glass,small pieces of chain,anything they could find to stuff in it.He said you wouldn't believe what a piece of chain would do to a human body.
Granted no match for modern artillery.However I bet still effective as anti personnel weapon.
The Army improvised munitions handbook TM 31-210 shows how to make an improvised recoilless launcher,improvised grenade launcher.Along with a lot of other things that could be invaluable if one were to find oneself in the Viet Congs shoes or tire tread sandals.Parts of the manual are rather outdated,however parts are still very useful.
What do you think? Right on or not?
5 years ago