How come in nearly every firefight video I've seen the enemy is never visible in the videos? Judging from the audio in most of them it seems like even the participants aren't sure where they're shooting from either and just start mag dumping in the general location of the shots. Somebody please explain modern firefight tactics to me.
I'm not dogging on them or anything, I just don't understand it at all.
..most of these videos were shot prior to the shooting starting, generally they go like this:
>onna patrol walkin
>lotsa running to somewhere
>shoot at some trees in the distance
I think they shoot more at "that building" or "those bushes". It's not like they can just stand up and pull the binoculars out and just look around without getting shot.
I think the point of that scene was to be a hyperbole about the insanity and surreal nature of being in war, coupled with the off-the-fucking-wall people you encounter in the service.
We see much more clearly than even UHD cameras are capable of recording images. Human eyes are capable of resolving an angle as small as 0.0003 mils - that's like 1ft at 1100yds in favourable conditions.
You cannot see anything close to that amount of detail in a compressed youtube video.
1. These gopros are not zoomed in and generally have a pretty wide default angle.
2. Often times they don't see them. They are hundreds of meters away and hide in vegetation. They'll primarily spot dust kicking up and shoot at that.
3. Close quarters footage with visible death is not allowed to be posted by the US military. Take for instance the footage of the near miss with the RPG from <50m. You know they proceed to clear the compound he shot from and kill him at short distance, but the video is cut before they enter.
4. The action that is filmed typically from Afghanistan is called a react to contact. A team will patrol as a show of force (basically bait), they will be ambushed, and they will return fire until they can move, another unit can maneuver to counter attack, a firing mission is called, or air support is called.