(NSFW) Drone Drops Shell in Soldier’s Lap

A drone targets two Russian soldiers in a trench, dropping a mortar shell in a soldier’s lap. They both attempt to bail out of the trench but are unsuccessful. The location is unknown.


I normally do not spend much time on footage of drone drops, but this is a good opportunity to discuss Russian defensive fortifications. While they do build some dugouts, many of their fighting positions lack any form of overhead cover. There are plenty of logs and dirt around, but they do not seem to find their way over any of the trenches. It also seems like there are other measures that could be taken. During World War II, British and Commonwealth soldiers that gained a foothold in the town of Casino found themselves in close proximity to German positions for weeks on end, and they shielded their foxholes with chicken wire to deflect enemy grenades. I am not sure that this is the best solution to this tactical problem, but at this point something is worth a shot.


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Cam served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, deploying to the Horn of Africa and participating in combat operations in Iraq. He currently works in the maritime industry and in the defense sector as an instructor of combined arms planning and operations. An avid sailor, Cam founded and directs a nonprofit that supports veterans and first responders through sailing.

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A drone targets two Russian soldiers in a trench, dropping a mortar shell in a soldier’s lap. They both attempt to bail out of the trench but are unsuccessful. The location is unknown.


I normally do not spend much time on footage of drone drops, but this is a good opportunity to discuss Russian defensive fortifications. While they do build some dugouts, many of their fighting positions lack any form of overhead cover. There are plenty of logs and dirt around, but they do not seem to find their way over any of the trenches. It also seems like there are other measures that could be taken. During World War II, British and Commonwealth soldiers that gained a foothold in the town of Casino found themselves in close proximity to German positions for weeks on end, and they shielded their foxholes with chicken wire to deflect enemy grenades. I am not sure that this is the best solution to this tactical problem, but at this point something is worth a shot.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cam

Cam served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, deploying to the Horn of Africa and participating in combat operations in Iraq. He currently works in the maritime industry and in the defense sector as an instructor of combined arms planning and operations. An avid sailor, Cam founded and directs a nonprofit that supports veterans and first responders through sailing.

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