first published on September 25, 2017 by Sean
FSA BMP and dismounts take a direct hit during a chaotic attack against SAA Troops… probably singing more than just their eyebrows.
A purported armored assault by FSA rebels near Hama, Syria is easily broken up by SAA troops leaving a smoky and chaotic battlefield. The GoPro video taken by one of the dismounts, shows the poorly trained and coordinated FSA rebels attacking an SAA position with several BMPs. After inserting the infantry, the BMPs carelessly idle in the kill zone and really don’t seem interested in using their heavy weapons to defend themselves or the exposed infantry. Naturally, the poorly trained dismounts stick close to the armored vehicles and try to return fire. Very quickly, a few of them including the cameraman, post up on a BMP just as it takes a direct hit from an RPG or recoilless gun.
The large fireball engulfs the rebels, thoroughly scorching the cameraman and though it’s hard to tell, probably doing greater damage to his buddies. At this point the cameraman briefly collects himself, getting to his feet and checking the rear of the BMP – now spewing thick smoke. Either a result of his poor training or the shock from his close-call, the cameraman begins aimlessly running around the increasingly confused and chaotic battlefield. The FSA assault is clearly in trouble, as he inadvertently captures the now fractured dismounts and the disorderly withdrawal of the remaining FSA BMP elements.
There appears to be a complete lack of understanding of the basic concept of fire and movement in this video. Though smart enough to concentrate multiple armored vehicles on a single location, they frustratingly do not appear to use their heavy weapons to gain fire superiority and overwhelm their adversary. They haphazardly insert the infantry, who quickly stall under heavy incoming fire. Then the BMPs just linger, offering little more than a juicy target to an enemy gunner. Guess these guys have never heard the old maxim, “Fire without movement is pointless, movement without fire is suicide.”