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Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2022 4:49 a.m. PST

I recall my recruiter, Force Recon, telling me tales about "hunting" elephants along the DMZ calling in naval gunfire from a US Heavy Cruiser 8" guns. Evidently elephants were used quite a bit.



Arjuna09 May 2022 7:51 a.m. PST

Marine Corps it was, wasn't it?

Well, you've had experience with it much earlier…


Borrowed from the Daily Mail Online

Dumbo doesn't look too happy.
Earplugs would have been nice.

JMcCarroll09 May 2022 4:24 p.m. PST

I wonder if three Asian elephants could " tip over" a M48?

Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2022 8:39 p.m. PST

Metcalf: "As a kid growing up in Montana, I shot deer and antelope and tried to shoot an elk, so I had an idea where to shoot. But with a 3.5 rocket launcher, you can make mincemeat out of elephant when you hit him.

"It was a mess. And then you hit him and they're full of rockets, well then, it was like it was the Fourth of July. … Things would catch fire, and you had to get down, close to the ground because you never knew where that stuff was going to go.

"That first time we went out, I believe we killed about 75 elephants, and they were all loaded down with 15, 20 rockets. They launched the rockets. They had a makeshift launch. They took our junk and used it to their advantage and the laid the rockets on these.



F4U5nl10 May 2022 7:30 a.m. PST

In the book A Lonely Kind of War by Marshall Harrison, he describes how he and a wingman in OV-10s caught a convoy of NVA elephants and, regrettably, lit 'em up.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2022 3:51 a.m. PST

Wolfhag, thanks. Now I'll have to a couple of elephants from Empress.

Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2022 7:02 p.m. PST

You'll need to get Tigers too: link


FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2022 5:12 p.m. PST

Never get out of the boat.
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