first published on April 16, 2016 by Will
Here’s a look back to late 2014 into early 2015 when the use of tunnel bombs by various insurgent groups against Syrian regime forces was the signature of that phase of the war. The Syrian war has been an interesting one to watch evolve from the insane ANNA tanks with GoPros videos, to the creation of improvised “Hell Cannon” spigot mortars, and then along came the plethora of anti tank guided missiles (ATGM).
Tunnel bombs are by no means a warfare tactic unique to Syria. Military mining goes all the way back to the Greco-Roman era, at least. The sapper type attack gave these rebel groups the ability to avoid detection and engagement from the air, and as you can see, the payoff can be huge. Imagine an entire military unit being crushed in an instant with a single primitive explosive device. That’s resourcefulness.