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Murphy’s Laws of Combat

Murphy’s Laws of Combat
Recommended by: Jim Cook

  • Recoiless rifles…aren’t.
  • Suppressive fire…..won’t.
  • Friendly fire…..isn’t.
  • Automatic weapons….aren’t.
  • Incoming fire has right-of-way.
  • If the enemy is in range, so are you.
  • When in doubt, empty the magazine.
  • A sucking chest wound is nature’s way of telling you it’s time to slow down.
  • Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you.
  • Anything you do can get you shot…including doing nothing.
  • Make it tough enough for the enemy to get in and you won’t be able to get out.
  • Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.
  • Professionals are predictable, amateurs are dangerous.
  • The easy way is always mined.
  • Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.
  • No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.
  • If you’re short of everything but the enemy, you’re in a combat zone.
  • If your attack is going really well, it’s an ambush.
  • No combat-ready unit ever passed inspection.
  • No inspection-ready unit ever passed combat.
  • Communications will always fail the moment you need air or artillery support.
  • If it’s stupid but works, it isn’t stupid.
  • You are not Superman. (Freshly graduated recruits from Marine boot camp and all fighter pilots, especially, take note.)
  • Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.
  • When both sides are convinced that they are about to lose; they are both right.
  • Don’t look conspicuous, it draws fire (This is why aircraft carriers are called bomb magnets.
  • All five-second grenade fuses will brun down in three seconds.
  • If you are forward of your position, the artillery will fall short
  • The enemy diversion you are ignoring is the main attack.
  • The important things are always simple
  • The simple things are always hard
  • When you have secured an area, don’t forget to tell the enemy.
  • If the enemy are in range, SO ARE YOU.
  • Beer math is: Two beers times 37 men equal 49 cases.
  • Body count math is: Two guerrillas plus one portable plus two pigs equal 37 enemy KIA
  • Things that must be together to work, usually can’t be shipped together.
  • Tracers work BOTH ways.
  • The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.
  • If you take more than your fair share of objectives, you will have more than your fair share of objectives to take
  • Professional soldiers are predictable, but the world is full of amateurs
  • Murphy was a grunt.
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