8. Weapon pits are small firing positions which may contain a rifleman, a
light or heavy mortar, a light or heavy machine-gun, or a flamethrower. It
is rarely possible to say what type of weapon occupies the weapon pit. The
tactical positioning may give some clue.
because they are capable of high-trajectory indirect fire; therefore,
mortars do not need a clear field of fire.
Machine-guns, which are flat-
trajectory, direct fire weapons, usually require a clear field of fire
(Figure 2-8 and 2-9).
Figure 2-8. Typical Machine-Gun Position.
Typical Horseshoe-type Mortar Position.