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Heavy Fighting in Debaltsevo

Posted on the 20 February 2015 by Calvinthedog

Some heavy combat footage from Debaltsevo. The NAF troops are slowly advancing, apparently under the cover of an armored vehicle of some sort (an IFV?). At some point, they encounter fire and they get down on the ground. I assume that when you are flat on the ground you present less of a potential target for bullets, since the most important target is your vertical target, not your horizontal one as bullets typically fly fairly high up in the air and not skimming along the ground.

I never understood why soldiers got down on the ground but I think I just figured it out. The IFV seems to have a main gun that looks like a tank gun and then another gun manned by a gunner that looks more like a machine gun and operates on a swivel. It swivels around 360 degrees  looking for targets. Later they another they come upon two vehicles, one in flames and another unscathed behind it.

That must be a Novorsussian vehicle in flames. The infantry runs away from the IFV cover towards the houses probably because whatever blew up the vehicle in front of them could soon blow up the vehicle that they are using for cover. It was then that I noticed that it was actually snowing! When was the last time armies fought in snowstorms? Fighting while it’s snowing, how crazy. Reminds me of the Battle of the Bulge.

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