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What does it mean to "walk" mortar fire?

I came across this in an article about the current Afghan operation:

"insurgents displayed very high levels of tactical awareness and training — including 'walking' mortar fire onto the Marines"

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  • Ray
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Imagine a line from the mortar to the target. When the insurgents fired, imagine the round falling on this line but short of the Marines. The insurgents would then adjust the mortar to shoot farther and fire again, striking closer but still short. They repeat the process until they are on the target and hence the rounds look like they are following this line in.

    Here's the thing though: that's not a "high" level of training. That's the most ineffective form of fire support because it takes you a long time to get on target and warns your enemies. If they were really good, they would be able to do one round adjustments. That means you basically aim and then you're able to determine based on where you hit EXACTLY how to adjust so the next round impacts the enemy.

    With a well trained mortar team and (if necessary good observers) we can fire for effect (hit the target) with our first shot. That is a high level of tactical awareness and training.

    The insurgents are dangerous for a variety of reasons but its not because of their expert fire support integration.

    Source(s): Fire Support Sergeant.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Walking is a technique where small adjustments are made between every shot that moves the next round closer to the target.

    This may count as a 'high level' of training for the enemy but any US troop using this technique would get slapped on the back of the head for doing this.

    A much more effective technique is called 'bracketing' In this technique you estimate the distance the first round missed the target then double the correction. The second round should hit the same distance behind the target. Then you bring the third round back halfway and you should be within 50 meters of the target. At that point you add or drop 50 meters and order all guns to 'fire for effect.' (Typically three rounds from all guns.)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its when you can see where the mortar is landing and you keep adjusting it to hit the target.

    If you were to plot the impacts on a map they would get closer and closer to the target until they were hitting it...making a walking effect, as if each impact was a foot step to the base.

    Edit: Its amazing how people just make up stuff >.>

    Source(s): 5 years in the Marine Corps, 2 combat tours in Iraq
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  • 1 decade ago

    It basically means moving the mortar between each shot, causing the mortar rounds to fall in a line. It can be used to move shells down a line or move them more accurately onto enemies.

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  • 1 decade ago

    "Walking" indirect fire from any indirect weapon means to fire off of the target and walk it onto the target. If the target is moving you would follow it's move with your fire. It is a way of firing while you adjust for range instead of fire, adjust, fire, readjust. You quickly narrow onto target while encouraging the enemy to move away from the oncoming indirect fire into direct fire.

    It was popularly used to cover assaults in WW I and WW II. Instead of just barrage fire into positions, then assaulting after the barrage stopped, fire would walk in front of the advancing forces clearing enemy positions or forcing them to remain under cover until the assault was almost upon them.

    The "tactical awareness" is using that more sophisticated method as opposed to firing a few mortar rounds, hit or miss, then retreating before fire is returned onto them.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It means that after the first hit they adjusted the point of impact incrementally towards the marines position.

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  • AD
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It means adjusting fire until it hits the target. If they shot it at us and it missed by 100 meters they make adjustments to get it closer to us until they either hit us or we catch them and blow them into pieces.

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  • 4 years ago

    officers are not approved to subject such an order simply by fact doing so potential that they have got relinquished administration of their people! The troops at Kent State gained that order and the officer had to pay a cost for doing so! you ought to continually have finished administration of your people! it somewhat isn't a democracy it somewhat is the protection stress!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Moving in between shots, and strategically placing the mortar to keep moving whilst Marines keep moving toward their position. It gives them more time to fire at the Marines, usually giving more killshots.

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