MIL 'Australian peel'

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  1. TheNewMonaro

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    I heard (or rather read) this referenced in a book with respect to squad level infantry tactics.

    As an Australian I'm rather curious as to what exactly it is... thoughts?
     
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    smokie700 right near da beach, Boiiiii

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    i am pretty sure it is a way to break contact with the enemy:

    taken from a google search:

    I read about it in a book about SEALs. Its used to break contact with a large number of enemy troops. The squad is lined up in single file and one at a time the back man front man fires on full auto until he runs out the goes to back of line to reload while he does the next man opens up with maybe a few grenades thrown into the mix. When you have confused them or broken them up enough you can make a run for it and regroup.
     
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    Ahh, sounds like what we call the 'tunnel of love'.

    Front man (or one either side) throws a shitload of rounds at the enemy then pissbolts to the back. Rinse and repeat.
     
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    As always wiki has the answers:

    Center Peel
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    Center Peel, or simply "Peel" for short is a type of retreat practiced by modern-day infantry. This particular tactic is more specifically designed for situations where smaller groups of infantry withdraw from an engagement of a much larger force. In general terms, it is a sloped or diagonal retreat from the enemy.

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    This tactic was designed with human psychology in mind. It begins with an infantry unit facing off with a larger force of enemies. Once the command is called, the soldiers implement a battle line formation facing into the enemy's midst. The soldiers then begin, or continue, to use suppressing fire to delay the enemy's attack and advance. Depending on the direction of the retreat, the second to last soldier on the farmost end, opposite the retreating direction, calls out, "Peel 1". Now, the infantryman next to him, on the end of the line, ceases fire, works his way behind the line towards the other side, takes a position one meter diagonally back from the farmost soldier on this side, and resumes suppressing fire. Then, the process repeats with the commands being simplified to "Peel", the 1 only there to signify the actual start of the tactic, and continues until the party has safely disengaged the target.

    The slanting motion of the tactic gives the impression of increasing numbers of infantry joining the battle, a psychological move designed to demoralize the opposition. The slanting motion also has the benefit of keeping open one's field of fire. Retreating directly backwards would put the soldier too closely behind his own men, severely limiting his/her field of fire.

    In the Canadian Army, this technique is referred to as an "Aussie Peelback".

    In the Australian Army this tactic is known as "The Tunnel of Love" and is often used as the first part of "Break Contact" drills for small reconnaissance and special forces patrols when encountering larger enemy forces.
     

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