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"MG Tracer Cross-Fire to Indicate Targets" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following report was published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 24, May 6, 1943.

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For the purpose of indicating targets, the Japanese in Burma, according to a very recent British report, use tracer fire from two machine guns, each aimed at the target. About 30 seconds after the tracer fire has been opened, the first mortar bomb falls at the intersection of the two streams of bullets. This method of target indication is fast, accurate, and has the advantage of frequently spotting targets invisible to the observation post. It is also used against enemy tanks in daylight.


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