"Blind shooting"

April 24th, 2017  

Topic: "Blind shooting"

Hi there!

I have a tanking question for either ex-tankers or active ones.

For example you are using tank which has only optical sights (WWII tank). Something (bush, tree or whatever) is completely obscuring your LoS to target but commander can see it since hes in elevated position. If commander gives you bearing, target distance and gives fire order would you blindly shoot or tell him you don't have eyes on the target? I know that situation is highly specific and can happen but is it general RoE for commander to talk gunner into target while his sight is obscured or just exception?

April 25th, 2017  
Remington 1858
In all the tanks I served in, the commander can over-ride the gunners control and lay the gun from the commanders station. The commander is the one who designates the targets and usually is the one who ranges to the target using the optical rangefinder or laser.
The commander would have no trouble laying and firing the gun on the target.