Why don’t armies shoot bullets into the sky to let them rain down on their enemies, similar to how groups of archers in movies would shoot many arrows into the sky and let them rain down on their enemies?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 17, 2020 03:44 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 17, 2020 03:44 PM

The technique was used in world war 1, but sparingly because it consumed enormous amounts of ammunition. It was called a Machine gun barrage. At the battle of Amiens in August 1918, to support the second phase of the attack, a machine gun barrage was set up, which consisted of 256 Vickers heavy machine guns firing across a 6 mile front at their maximum range of 4500m. Once the main artillery stopped the machine guns lit up and they fired non stop for about a hour. This was to stop any German potential counter attack from attempting to seize the lost trenches. After the battle one of the few German survivors who made it through the hail of bullets said that they had never seen anything like it. So if you want to do the math a Vickers heavy machine gun fires 500 rounds a minute. So thats 30,000 per hour, x 256 was about 7.5 million rounds. I sometimes wonder what an unbelievable sound that would have made, as well as the logistics to have that much ammo lined up.

The technique was actually developed by the Canadians earlier in the war. Anyway so there is such a technique, it was mainly used in the first world war but it was used sparingly.

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