first published on December 1, 2019 by Will
A cringe-inducing training video shows a mortar assistant gunner getting their hands mangled after leaving them over the muzzle of the tube after the round has been dropped.
There doesn’t seem to be an explanation for why this happened? The AG is told to hang the round, meaning to place it partially in the tube, but not drop it until the squad leader or gunner gives the command to fire.
The round appears to accidentally slip from the hands of the AG, who either doesn’t seem to notice, or continues feigning that they have it so as not to piss off their squad leader. So whether we are looking complacency or lack of training, the result is the same, severe injury.